Year End Appeal Letter from Our President:

November, 2021

Dear Friends,

Our Board of Trustees and staff at Egan Maritime hope this letter finds you and your family well. After an unprecedented 2020 this year thankfully allowed us to get back to our normal programming. For example, after 18 months the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum once again opened its doors to the public. Clearly the public was ready as we happily welcomed well over 7,000 visitors.

Our Sea of Opportunities (SoO) program also remained robust in 2021. We hosted 423 public and private school students in sailing ventures onboard the Tall Ship Lynx. And under the direction of Evan Schwanfelder, our Manager of Maritime Education, we began a boat building program in the high school culminating with the completion of a 10’ seaworthy pram - built entirely by our students.

Meanwhile, we offered daily outdoor educational programming at the museum for young visitors. The activities ranged from ropemaking to demonstrations of the Breeches Buoy. We continue reimagining the museum’s resources and open-space environment to further SoO programs and the Egan Maritime mission.

In July we received a $100,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism for capital improvements to the museum including exterior painting, windows replacement, and enhancements to the gorgeous grounds surrounding the museum. We are always looking for ways to make your donations go further, so every dollar you give will be doubled thanks to this matching grant. To help us accomplish the work please specify this grant on the enclosed donation gift card.

Most of the programs that we offer are free, and we ultimately rely on the generosity of our members, donors, and friends. As we approach the end of the year, and you consider your philanthropy plans, we hope that you will keep us in mind. Your gift will allow us to continue to offer no-cost educational programs for the island’s youth, and to complete our restoration and beautification project at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

All the best,

Matthew Sanford, President, Board of Trustees



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Come Aboard, and Join the Adventure!

Egan Maritime relies on contributions from members and supporters to fulfill its mission of inspiring the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket's maritime culture and seafaring legacy through all of its programs

Egan Maritime members create opportunities for maritime learning and discovery. Membership dues support all of Egan Maritime's programs by providing vital unrestricted dollars.

Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum participates in the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM), which includes free admission for a year to over 75 museums nationwide! If you join Egan Maritime at the Lifesaver level and above, you will receive the CAMM Membership Card.

All Family level and above memberships include two adults at the same primary address and all children and grandchildren twenty-one years of age and under.

Individual - $50
  • Unlimited Museum Admission
  • Invitation to Lifesavers Recognition Day
  • Invitation to Annual Exhibition Opening
  • Exclusive Egan Maritime Members-Only Programs
  • Copy of Egan Maritime's Annual Report
  • Member Price Program Tickets
  • 15% Museum Gift Shop Discount
Family - $60
  • Unlimited Museum Admission
  • Invitation to Lifesavers Recognition Day
  • Invitation to Annual Exhibition Opening
  • Exclusive Egan Maritime Members-Only Programs
  • Copy of Egan Maritime's Annual Report
  • Member Price Program Tickets
  • 15% Museum Gift Shop Discount
Lifesaver - $100
  • All of the Above Plus:
  • Council of American Maritime Museums Membership Card
  • 15% Museum Gift Shop Discount
  • 2 Museum Guest Passes
Deckhand - $250
  • All of the Above Plus:
  • 20% Museum Gift Shop Discount
  • 4 Museum Guest Passes
Master's Mate - $500
  • All of the Abnove Plus:
  • 6 Museum Guest Passes
Captain - $1,000
  • All of the Above Plus:
  • 15% Museum Rental Discount
  • 2 Guest Passes to Member Events and Programs
Admiral of the Fleet - $2,500
  • All of the Above Plus:
  • 4 Guest Passes to Member Events and Programs
  • Private Museum Tour for 20

Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Unrestricted Possibilities
At Egan Maritime Institute we cultivate Nantucket’s maritime leaders of tomorrow while ensuring the island’s seafaring and lifesaving heritage are preserved and celebrated to inspire every resident and visitor with the selfless acts of the heroic men and women who have and continue to safeguard Nantucket’s waters.

Annual support provides unrestricted possibilities for Egan Maritime to expand its offerings and engage a larger audience while continuing to seek maritime experiences and opportunities to enrich the island’s coastal community.


Bud & Dorothy Egan Leadership Circle

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Dorothy and Bud Egan

Egan Maritime Institute was founded by Nantucket business man, philanthropist, and native Albert F. “Bud” Egan, Jr. along with his wife Dorothy H. Egan. Enamored with all things Nantucket, Bud and Dorothy wanted to share their extensive collection of maritime art and Nantucket artifacts with the island’s people and visitors in perpetuity, while also leaving a legacy that ensured the island’s seafaring culture and traditions would be celebrated and preserved.

Bud and Dorothy left every last cent of their estate to Nantucket philanthropic initiatives. In honor of their generosity and vision, Egan Maritime Institute established The Bud and Dorothy Leadership Circle in 2017 to recognize donors who significantly support the organization’s annual operations with contributions of $5,000 and above.

To learn more about the Bud & Dorothy Egan Leadership Circle and how you may become a part of it, please contact Egan Maritime's Development Office by calling (508) 228-2505.


The Legacy Circle

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Keeping Nantucket's seafaring heritage at the forefront of the island's maritime community.

The Egan Maritime Institute Legacy Circle was established to recognize and thank the generous donors who have made a bequest or planned gift to the organization. Leaving a gift to Egan Maritime in your estate, you join the company of distinguished Nantucket philanthropists who have helped to provide maritime experiences for generations of island students, residents, and visitors. Of most importance, you will be making an invaluable contribution to securing the future for the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and the Sea of Opportunities maritime education program, and all of Egan's programs.

Naming Egan Maritime Institute as a beneficiary of your trust; IRA or other retirement plan; life insurance policy or other planned gifts is the gateway to the Legacy Circle.

If your intended bequest or planned gift information is not already included in Egan Maritime records, you will be asked to complete and sign a member profile indicating your planned gift or bequest. Note that the information regarding the amount, nature, or designation of the bequest or gift is not required.

For more information please contact Egan Maritime Institute at (508) 228 - 2505.

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Egan Maritime's Legacy Circle

Established in 2017, The Legacy Circle recognizes individuals who have included Egan Maritime Institute in their estate plans.

Marsha and Bob Egan
Jessica and Drew Guff
Helen and Thomas* Shannon
Barbara Sutphen

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Walter Nelson Chase Society

Part of The Legacy Circle, the Walter Nelson Chase Society was established in 2006 to honor those individuals who have included the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum in their estate plans. The society is named for "Skipper" Walter Chase, the keeper of Coskata Lifesaving Station, one of Nantucket's most dedicated lifesavers.

Helen Willard Block*
Diana and Colin* Taylor Brown
Jessica and Drew Guff

*notes deceased.