March 28, 2013

The Nantucket Lightship Song: One Teacher's Ode to a National Treasure

John Rogers and his class onboard the Nantucket Lightship. Credit: US Lightship Museum
John Rogers and his class onboard the Nantucket Lightship

In the upcoming Preservation's "Past Present Future" department, we highlighted John Rogers and his fourth-grade classes at East Boston’s Curtis Guild School who made the Nantucket Lightship Museum (one of our National Treasures) more than just a field trip.

Before his class arrived at the dock for the first time in the fall of 2011, Rogers prepared articles to teach his students about the ship, and even wrote a song about its history which the class performed on deck for the museum’s staff.

Since then, Rogers has taken another class to the ship and become personally involved in its restoration. This past October, after another visit, five students attended a fundraiser for the ship during which they sang their song for prospective donors. In the meantime, the students have started selling their toys at the school flea market to help raise money on their own.

Below, you’ll find a recording of the Nantucket Lightship Song, courtesy of John Rogers and his fourth graders from the Curtis Guild School.


David Weible is the content specialist at the National Trust, previously with Preservation and Outside magazines. His interest in historic preservation was inspired by the ‘20s-era architecture, streetcar neighborhoods, and bars of his hometown of Cleveland.

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