COVID-19 and the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association

The MMA would like to assure its member, visitors, collaborators, and the general public that we continue to monitor the situation on Nantucket, in our country, and the world.  We all appreciate the impact this is having on you, your families, friends, colleagues, and everyone.  To that end, the MMA has been closed since March 13.  We will not be running any programs, classes, Open Nights, or other programming.  We will reassess around May 4 and make further decisions based on what we are being told by the Town of Nantucket, the state and federal government, and the CDC.

Many of our staff can work from home and others have the ability to social distance while here – working in various buildings alone.  We want you to know that our work at the MMA still continues despite this COVID-19 outbreak.  Our research in the field and in the skies above continues.  Planning of summer classes and camps continues.  We continue to care for our animals that live with us year –round or that are over-wintering with us for various reasons.  We continue to be here for you even if it may be virtually or in planning for the future when this outbreak ends.

Please take a look at what we offer on our website.  The Science Festival scheduled for March 21 was cancelled but it lives on on our website with many science challenges your family can do at home.  Celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment by taking a look at the lesson plans related to Maria’s life using primary sources (all right on the webpage as various documents) for several age groups on the “For Students” page.  Read through Deputy Director and Mitchell House Curator’s blog, “Maria Mitchell’s Attic” to learn more about Maria, Nantucket, and the time in which Mitchell lived.  Connect to our biological collections and read up on the state of the harbor.  And learn more about the night skies by taking a listen to the MMA’s Director of Astronomy on current and past “Looking Skyward” on WCAI.

In closing: Be safe, adhere to strict social distancing guidelines established based on sound science, wash your hands many times per day, and hurry back to Nantucket when this crisis is fully over.  We are looking forward to seeing you once again.