MUSEUM PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS

Dramatically situated at the mouth of Boston Harbor, with breathtaking views of Boston Light and the Graves Lighthouse, the museum is located in the restored 19th century Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, home of Joshua James and his crews, the most celebrated lifesavers in the world.

 LECTURE SERIES









Nantasket Beach Lecture Series is co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Upcoming:

New England's Historic Ice Harvesting Industry
with Dennis Picard


Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

By the end of the 19th century, commercial harvesting of ice from new England's ponds and lakes for export was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone. Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for almost two decades. He will display some of his antique tools of that trade, and will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise.

The Culinary Lives of John and Abigail Adams
with Rosana Wan

Thursday, April 8, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome


Abigail Adams defined the meaning of a modern American woman using food as a lens. She was not only an ordinary "dairy woman", but a keen observer, avid reader, independent thinker, and advisor.  Without her contribution for her husband's political journey, the role of First Lady would be different than what we have today.

Renovation of Graves Light
with Dave Waller

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome


Since purchasing Graves Light in September 2013, Dave Waller has been working to restore the historic lighthouse. Join us to learn about the history of Graves Light and the current restoration project.

Past Lectures:

Minots Ledge Lighthouse with Victor Mastone


The Science of Storms with Rob Gilman

Sea Ice & Coast Guard Icebreaking, with LT Cynthia Travers, USCG

The Wreck of the Nancy with Victoria Stevens, HLM Curator

Boston Lighthouse with Keeper Sally Snowman

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Summer Adventure Program

The Summer Adventure Program offers six weeks of discovery and exploration for children ages 5-9.  Summer Adventure meets Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30, with a different theme each week.  *Registration for Pond Yacht Racers is $110 members, $130 nonmembers (due to a higher material cost).  Registration for all other weeks is $100 members, $120 nonmembers (scholarships and 10% discounts for siblings and active military families available).  For information, please contact Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or email mailto:victoria@hulllifesavingmuseum.org

2015 Summer Adventure Registration Packet
Emergency Contact Form


Holidays and Workshops
 

April Vacation LEGO Club
TBA
Point Allerton Station

Recommended for children ages 7-10
Space is limited; Preregistration is required.

Children should bring a peanut-free lunch, please.

For more information, or to register, please call 781-925-5433 or email victoria@hulllifesavingmuseum.org.

GROUP TOURS

Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station Interactive Tours

Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, constructed in 1889, was home to Captain Joshua James and his crew, America's greatest lifesavers, renowned for saving hundreds of shipwrecked mariners from peril in Boston Harbor.

The tour begins with a brief history of organized lifesaving, emphasizing the contributions of volunteer lifesavers, continues on to the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, on to the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection - the storied surfboat Nantasket. Children will have the chance to view first-hand the lifesavers' surfboat and rescue equipment, while hearing true tales of amazing courage and heroic rescues. The fun culminates in the museum's loft where children of all ages enjoy "setting sail" on the climb-on boat, dressing up in period clothes, learning to tie a new knot, and standing watch in the museum cupola, with stunning views of Boston Light, Boston Harbor, and Fort Revere Park.

The Breeches Buoy

The Breeches Buoy rescue allowed lifesaving crews to carry shipwreck survivors safely to shore. A line firing gun sent a lifeline to the wrecked ship. Through this ingenious system lifesaving crews were able to send the breeches buoy to the ship. On shore, the lifesavers worked as a crew to haul the "whip line," pulling the breeches buoy along the hawser, and the survivors, one by one, over the water to safety. Children's groups can participate in breeches buoy reenactments from May through September, with children playing the roles of lifesaving crew and shipwreck survivors.

Children's Guided Tour Fee

Tour: $5/child. Teachers and 1 chaperone per 8 children are admitted free.

Tour with Breeches Buoy drill: $6/child

Please contact Victoria Stevens to inquire about additional hands-on activities for children's tours, including:

Simple Machines at Sea: Learn about simple machines (levers, wheels, pulleys) used in lifesaving, and experiment with our Lego Education Simple Machine Kits.

Why Do Boats Float?: Learn about concepts such as buoyancy, displacement and boat design through fun water activities.

ADULT WORKSHOPS

TBA


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