A native of Nantucket Island, Amanda Keenan fell in love with maritime history at a young age. Working in the museum field for over two decades, she has worked in every aspect of museum operations in her time at the Nantucket Historical Association, the Nantucket Shipwreck Museum, and Mystic Seaport Museum (MSM).
Shortly before graduating from the University of Florida in 2008 with degrees in Japanese and Anthropology Amanda studied abroad in Osaka, Japan and finished her collegiate career in Mystic as a part of the Williams-Mystic Program. She immediately started working at MSM as a historical interpreter in the blacksmith shop, on the demonstration team, and was an 1876 era role-player. In 2013, she moved to the Advancement Department to learn the art of fundraising and database administration.
She earned her Masters in Public History at Central Connecticut State University and her capstone project featured a digital history tour for the American School for the Deaf’s bicentennial in 2017. She moved to Norwich in 2015 with her husband, Barry, and fell in love with the city’s history. They have been “ghosts” for the Norwich Historical Society’s ghost tour for several years. Amanda recently left her full-time job fundraising to spend more time with her daughter, Maggie. She works part-time at MSM in the blacksmith shop and redesigning the Benjamin F. Packard cabin exhibit.