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School children visit museum ship for “masked ball”

TIME/DATE:  Tuesday, April 24; Wednesday, April 25; Friday, April 27 from 10 AM to 1 PM

PLACE: Lighthouse Tender LILAC, Pier 25, N. Moore and West Streets

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Courtesy LILAC Preservation Project

New York, NY—The Time in Children’s Arts Initiative is bringing underprivileged children to the Lighthouse Tender LILAC this week.  After brief tours of the retired Coast Guard cutter, the children will pose with their handmade paper bag masks for photos on the ship. Inspired by the work of artist Saul Steinberg, the “masked ball” celebrates the opera Cendrillon, Massenet’s version of Cinderella, now in performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Four classes are scheduled daily on the above dates. Each group will visit the ship  for 45 minutes. Arrival times are 10:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM with the last group to depart at 1:00 PM.

Time In Children’s Arts Initiative brings the city’s youngest, most at-risk public schoolchildren out of underserved classrooms and into the world of the living arts, every week of the school year, as part of their regular school day. Time In’s kids are immersed in a joyful combination of opera, literacy, the visual arts and museum visits. To learn more see timeinkids.org

LILAC is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender. The US Coast Guard Cutter LILAC was built in 1933 and supplied lighthouses and maintained buoys until she was retired in 1972. This unique ship, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public as a free museum at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 offering programs in the arts and maritime history. More information may be found at www.lilacpreservationproject.org.

Submitted by Mary Habstritt, Museum Director, Lilac Preservation Project

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Technology Category Now Open for Submissions

Technology is reflected in light stations and other aids to navigation in so many forms — whether it be the optic, fog signal, or even the method of construction. For this category try to artistically capture some aspect of the technology that made these aids to navigation possible. Submission deadline for this category is May 30, 2018.

Here are some examples of last year’s submissions for the Technology Category:

The deadline for the Technology category is May 30th. The deadline for the Sunset / Sunrise category is April 30th.

Finalists will be chosen by a review panel for each category. Images for the printed calendar will be selected from the finalists. Each finalist will receive a free calendar. Calendars will be available for purchase in the Keeper’s Locker and will be mailed in late October 2018.

Society members can submit images at https://uslhs.submittable.com/submit.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, April 15, 2018

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Finalists for “Reflection / Unusual Perspective”

Thanks to all the Lighthouse Society photographers who submitted images for the “Refection / Unusual Perspective” category of our 2019 Calendar Contest. After careful review, we are pleased to announce the five finalists.

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New Canal, LA, 2018, by David Zapatka, who noted “We had to rig a large piece of material on an elongated (12 foot) pole and the lighthouse keeper held it in place to shield the foreground cove from harsh light coming from a bulkhead streetlight. Without doing this, the light prevented us from getting the reflection on the water. I’d photographed here the night before and was frustrated by the bright lamp. The keeper’s solution was the long pole usually used to retrieve floating items off the water.”
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Saginaw River Range, MI, 2016, by Russ Katje, who noted the photo was taken from a kayak.
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Boston Harbor, MA, 2012, by Rick Schneider, who noted “There was a beautiful reflecting pond opportunity, but I had to get down on my knees, low to the ground, to catch this reflection.”
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Cape May, NJ, 2013, by Ed Hewitt
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Spurn Lightship, Hull, England, taken by Yvette Dills on a 2017 U.S. Lighthouse Society tour.

The deadline for our next category, “Sunrise / Sunset,” is April 30, 2018.  So get out your cameras and capture your favorite lighthouse in the magical light of dawn or dusk. The submission period for the following category, “Technology,” begins April 15 and ends May 30, 2018.

Goto https://uslhs.submittable.com/submit for more information.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your submissions!

Submitted by Candace Clifford, April 4, 2018.

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Funding Sources · News · Preservation

Preservation Webinar Available Online

Did you miss the Webinar for the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Preservation Grants program?

Not to worry, the Society recorded it and it can be viewed on our website anytime!

This instructional webinar was designed to communicate the Preservation Grants program guidelines and answer questions about the application process.

Submitted April 1, 2018

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Submission Deadline for Reflection / Unusual Perspective Category

Today (March 30th) is the deadline for the Reflection / Unusual Perspective Category for the Society’s Lighthouse Calendar Contest. The next submission deadline is April 30th for the Sunrise / Sunset Category. Society members should submit their images at https://uslhs.submittable.com/submit. Here are some of last year’s submissions from Society members:

Submitted by Candace Clifford, March 30, 2018

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Maine Photography Workshop

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Pemaquid Point ME by Shirley Whitenack

Society member Shirley Whitenack, along with Richard E. St. Peter, will be teaching a photography workshop “Lighting the Way” at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine, June 6 – 9, 2018. According to the flyer, “Through classroom lecture and on location shooting, this workshop will enhance basic photography skills and strengthen compositional techniques. We will explore coastal towns, working harbors, lighthouses, scenic gardens, and just about anything that catches our eyes.”

Submitted by Shirley Whitenack, March 28, 2018

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

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The new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center opened in 2017. Courtesy St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public.

Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

“AAM Accreditation has been a long time goal. It was a rigorous process for all involved including our dedicated staff and our enthusiastic Board of Trustees as well as our many volunteers. As a team, we made it to the pinnacle in our field, and we couldn’t be more pleased than we are in this moment,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. Fleming went on to add, “AAM Accreditation helps us share the importance of Florida’s museums. We are curators of community heritage and culture, passionate advocates for authentic stories and dynamic educational programs and most importantly we are stewards of the public trust.”

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, over 1,070 are currently accredited. Florida has over 400 museums according to the Florida Association of Museums database and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is one of only fifty-six accredited in the state, as well as the only accredited museum in St. Johns County.

Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The Alliance’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is open seven days a week from 9 AM to 6 PM with daily Behind the Scenes tours included with admission. Visit our website for additional information at www.staugustinelighthouse.org.

Submitted by Sonya Creamer, March 21, 2018, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

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