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.
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.
Eric Jay Dolin
When America First Met China: an Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7 PM
Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse
Free, Donations Welcome
Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.
Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. Indeed, the furious trade in furs, opium, and beche-de-mer—a rare sea cucumber delicacy—might have catalyzed America’s emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe of such epic proportions that the reverberations can still be felt today.
FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK: LEGO STEAM!
February 19-22, 2019 (Tuesday thru Friday)
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$175 members; $200 nonmembers
Our LEGO builders will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities using LEGOS! Bring a lunch and your wild imagination! We'll have a different LEGO challenge each day as well as free-building time and time to explore the museum.
We will provide a snack. Please pack a water bottle and a lunch for your child.
This program is intended for children ages 8-12.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781)925-5433 for more information and to register.
SUMMER ADVENTURE FLYER
SUMMER ADVENTURE REGISTRATION FORM
For information, please contact Elizabeth Naylor at 781-925-5433 or email email@example.com
*If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch in the Hull Public Schools, they are likely eligible for a scholarship for museum programming. Please contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holidays and Workshops
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.
Nautical Book Club
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll
Discussion Leader: Sean Baggett
Fridays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning May 3
Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with political insight and narrative flair.
Free to Museum Members (Not a member? Join! Individual Memberships start at $35/year).
Introduction to the Nautical Rules of the Road
Instructor: Sean Baggett
This course will familiarize both the recreational boater and the professional mariner with the rules, regulations and common practices needed to safely navigate our waterways. This course takes a practical approach to identifying various types of vessels, determining which vessel has the right of way and the appropriate action each operator is required to take to ensure a safe encounter. Whether you are new to boating or have been doing it for a lifetime, this course is for you. We'll demystify the rules and take a practical, fun approach that you'll put to immediate use. Come join us and we'll see you on board!