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Have fun with Nantucket History while you’re shut in! And check back often as we’ll be adding more soon.
Create your own 3-D pop-ups of the historic properties here on Nantucket.
Beautify our three local lighthouses.
Pass the time by finding the buried Nantucket words!
Learn about the art of scrimshaw and create your own scrimshaw folk art for display!
Sail the seven seas with this coloring book full of fun characters.
Learn about Tony Sarg and the Macy’s Day Parade and create your own finger puppets for a show at home!
Participate in these fun craft activities translated in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, and Thai using materials you can find at home!
Create your own family tree and learn about some of the earliest European settlers on Nantucket.
Test your deep-sea knowledge by labeling the parts of a squid.
Print, cut-out and enjoy this 49ers inspired Nantucket board game.
Learn about the international language of boats with this create your own signal flag activity.
Label the parts of a full-rigged ship and learn the Nantucket connection with the Boston Tea Party.
Organize and “history-ize” your kitchen with this two-part family activity.
Navigate this maze and use the stars as your guides to trace the journey of Nantucket whalers to the Pacific.
Create an article and illustration about your week for the 1st edition of the Nantucket Gazette.
Enjoy a southern breeze with these stress free coloring pages.
In honor of our Philadelphia connection and the Monaghan sisters, let’s create our own dream house!
Check Out Nantucket History Lesson Plans
Although originally created for teachers, NHA Lesson Plans also include great ideas for parents to enjoy with their families.
The Art of Scrimshaw
Through this lesson, students will explore the art of scrimshaw. Students will learn about the materials from which scrimshaw is made, how it is made, and who made it, while examining various images of scrimshaw and describing them. Then, students will create their own piece of scrimshaw.
Comparing Sperm Whales and Right Whales
This lesson compares and contrasts the anatomy and biology of sperm whales and right whales. It reinforces characteristics of mammals, develops skills in comparison, and introduces characteristics of whales.
This lesson addresses the similarities and differences between Nantucket Wampanoag and Wampanoag people of mainland New England. It is an introduction to Nantucket Wampanoag through artifacts and images housed in the NHA’s collections.
It can also serve as an introduction to the concept of “culture” and “artifacts.”
Sailing Through Math
This lesson explores a whaling voyage through math. Students investigate what a whaling voyage was like, as well as learn about the large mammals that these ships pursued, through various math problems and questions.
If Artifacts Could Talk: Quakerism on Nantucket
Through this lesson, students will explore Quakerism and its influence on Nantucket through the examination of various primary sources. Acting as historians, students will learn about the beliefs that distinguished the Quakers and the people of that faith on Nantucket.
The Voyage of the Nauticon: A Mapping Activity
This lesson helps students visualize the geographic reach of Nantucket whalers and examines the outcomes of this global exchange of cultures and products. Students read excerpts of the journal entries of a whaling captain’s wife who went to sea with her husband and plot the points on a world map.
The End of an Era: Nantucket’s Whaling Decline
Through this lesson, students will explore the decline of Nantucket’s whaling industry, as well as this decline’s effect on the island itself. Students will investigate the major factors that caused the decline of whaling and their impact on the people of Nantucket through group research and presentations.
A Soldier’s Civil War
Through this lesson, students will investigate how primary sources are used to enhance our understanding of the past. Using the diary of a Civil War soldier, students will explore the life of a soldier and discuss how primary sources can be used to shape and influence perceptions of history.