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

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 2 Comments

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. Cheer them on in the comments!

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

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2 Responses

  1. Sabra Smith

    April 5, 2013

    Kudos to Mr. Rogers’ fourth grade classes! We’re inspired by how much they love Nantucket Lightship (a National Historic Landmark). Keep up the great work! We’ve featured the NTHP story on the National Historic Landmark Program Facebook page to inspire others. Thanks for your great work!

  2. Ron Haase

    April 6, 2013

    Wow! What a great way to teach history.
    I love Nantucket as an architect and past director of the Preservation Institute there.
    Great work and a great song, Mr. Rogers.
    (And a great name. It just registered!)
    Ron Haase
    Melrose, FL