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11 interesting facts about USFWS lighthouses

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Egg Rock, Maine, before and after restoration. USFWS photo

A USFWS article on lighthouses in National Wildlife Refuges by Chloe Doe:

Lighthouses are iconic. They line our beautiful coastal shores and can share with us the great history of protecting fisherman and mariners a century ago. Learn interesting facts about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lighthouses: 11 interesting facts about USFWS lighthouses

Funding Sources · News · Preservation

Society Announces 2017 Preservation Grant Recipients

Emergency shoring of island lighthouses in Maine and Massachusetts, a new way into a lighthouse in New York, and a first step for the rescue of a lighthouse in Michigan will happen because of grants made by the United States Lighthouse Society in the third year of its Lighthouse Preservation Grants Program.

A total of $20,000 was awarded this year, drawing on the interest from a still-growing investment fund that the Society has committed to increase through the years so that more and larger preservation grants can be made.

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1991 photo of Point Robinson from Historic American Building Survey, ME-212

The largest single grant, of $8,500, will help a preservation group on Isle au Haut, Maine, replace badly corroded support beams that imperil the lantern of the Point Robinson (Isle au Haut) Lighthouse. Friends of the Isle au Haut Lighthouse will use the USLHS grant to install galvanized steel beams in place of two failing beams under the watch room and lantern floors. The project will relieve some of the structural stresses that have caused tower cracks, and will serve as the needed first step in a longer effort to restore the brick tower and its granite base.

A $7,000 grant will help the experienced Thacher Island Association keep the Cape Ann Light Station’s South Tower from suffering the same fate as the North Tower, which had granite pieces fall from its gallery deck last year due to rust-jacking between the iron rails and the tower stone. Stainless steel bands will be installed, as unobtrusively as possible, around the original stone bands circling the gallery and lantern decks. The full cost of the work will be $17,900, and longer-term plans call for replacing the anchor elements of the iron rails with stainless steel fittings to curtail the stone-fracturing problems.

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2005 photo of Thacher Island courtesy Mike and Ann McKinney

At Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light in Michigan a new non-profit group that took ownership through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act will use a $3,500 USLHS grant to help fund a $12,000 condition assessment report, a needed first look at the problems of the light and a document essential to planning its restoration. The USLHS grants program considers such professional assessments an extremely important and solid investment in any lighthouse restoration project. The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program will provide a 2-to-1 matching grant toward the Keweenaw Waterway Lighthouse Conservancy project.

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Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Lighthouse. Photo by Nathan Miller

Finally, a $1,000 assist will go to the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society, as not only a small measure of financial help, but an expression of support for the Long Island group and its efforts. The lighthouse has an exterior railing system that needs a combination of restoration and replacement, but the USLHS grant will help with a needed watch-deck-level door replacement.

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Huntington (Lloyd Harbor) Lighthouse. 2009 photo by George Doerner

The grant committee’s review of 30 first-round applications, and its detailed study of six selected finalists, were stark reminders both of the problems facing America’s lighthouses and the deep financial needs of the preservation groups trying to save them. While funds now are still too limited to meet all those needs, or even to fund every selected project at the full amount requested, the United States Lighthouse Society remains committed to using all the available money generated by fund investments to provide whatever help it can now – while striving still to build the fund through donations so more projects can be funded in the future.

Previous cycles saw $25,000 in competitive grants awarded last year, and $21,000 awarded in the 2015 launch of the program. Assistance was provided to lighthouse groups from Florida to Alaska, on all four coasts. In addition, the program worked closely with corporate partners Land’s End and Sea Pak to provide targeted assistance to mutually selected lighthouse projects; Sea Pak provided a $10,000 grant for the Morris Island Lighthouse last year, while Land’s End provided $10,000 to Alcatraz Lighthouse in 2015 and a significant commitment, starting last year, to support restoration of the Boston Lighthouse.

The United States Lighthouse Society’s program is the first formal and continuing aid program with an open application process funded within the lighthouse preservation community itself. At this point the program is open only to not-for-profit groups, with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. As the dedicated preservation fund grows, more grant money will be made available for future projects. Information on donating to the fund or applying for future grants may be found on the Society’s website.

Submitted by Mike Vogel, U.S. Lighthouse Society Board Member, August 2, 2017

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Event · News

Wayne Wheeler To Speak at National Lighthouse Museum

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Wayne Wheeler at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, ca. 1994

Society President Wayne Wheeler will be presenting “Saving America’s Light Stations: A 30-Year Retrospective” as part of the National Lighthouse Museum‘s 7th Annual National Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, Staten Island, NY,  August 4-6, 2017. Wayne’s talk will be on Saturday, August 5th.

Other events include:

Friday, August 4 ~ Light Keeper’s Gala. A champagne Museum Reception will precede a vessel leaving from Pier 1 adjacent to the Museum.  Harbor cruise, open bar, hors-d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing in the moonlight. For more information and reservations call (718) 390-0040.

Saturday, August 5 ~ Presentations, panel discussions. free tours and public events at Museum site. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Sunday, August 6 ~ Signature Lighthouse Boat Tour leaves 11 am from Pier 11, Wall and South St., Manhattan. To register and more information – August 6th Signature Lighthouse Boat Tour

Submitted by Jean Papazian, Friend/Volunteer, National Lighthouse Museum, July 2, 2017

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News · photography · Society Members

Calendar to Highlight Society Member Photographs

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Michael Leahy captured this entry taken at Cedar Island Lighthouse, New York, in 2015. He entered it in the “Unusual Perspective” category.

Entries have started to come in for the 2018 Lighthouse Society Calendar. We have received entries for 9 of the 12 categories. Nothing for the “Reflection” category or the Kid’s categories. If you have a young photographer in your family, consider upgrading to the Society’s family membership for an additional $10. We want to get young people interested in lighthouses!

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Bruce Wilbur’s “At the Beauty Shop” shows Boston Harbor’s 2014 restoration. This was entered under the “Preservation Project / Special Event” category.

Here are the 12 categories (one for each month):

o   Black and white (this can be a computer generated conversion from color)

o   Detail

o   Interior

o   Kid’s perspective (photographers 9 and younger)

o   Older kid’s perspective (10 – 15 years old)

o   Landscape

o   Preservation project or special event

o   Reflection

o   Sunrise / sunset

o   Technology (lens, fog signal, etc.)

o   Unusual angle or perspective

o   Weather (snow, storms, lightning, etc.)

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Bethany Baker’s double rainbow at Concord Point Lighthouse, MD, is for the “Weather” category.
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For the “Interior” category, here is Ani Berberian’s staircase at Absecon Lighthouse, NJ.

Submission guidelines:

  • Participating photographers must be current members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Goto <uslhs.org/membership> to join.
  • Digital submissions only. Submit image files to <candace@uslhs.org>. Please create low resolution jpg files around 8 by 6 inches at 72 dpi. (If chosen for the calendar, we will need an 8 by 10 inch image at a minimum of 300 dpi. Unfortunately, smaller images cannot be used for the final printed product.) 
  • Include photographer name, lighthouse name, state, year taken, and submission category in the file name of your photo.  
  • Members may submit one photo per category. Kids may submit up to three photos in their categories. Submit only photos that you have taken.
  • Photos should be unrestricted. Unless you instruct the Society otherwise, by submitting images to this project, you are giving your permission for the Society to use your image in social media and in printed publications. You also are agreeing that your image will become part of the Society’s digital archive.
  • Submission deadline is September 15, 2017.
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Grace Ballentine’s “Black and White” entry was taken at Gasparilla Lighthouse, Florida, in 2012.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, July 25, 2017.

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Event · News

Celebrating National Lighthouse Day

August 7 is designated as National Lighthouse Day to provide recognition for the important role which lighthouses played in the history of our country, and celebrate the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity that lighthouses represent. It is a day for communities and citizens groups around the country to rededicate themselves to the protection and restoration of these historic structures.

We have started a list of National Lighthouse Day events on our website. If you have one to add, please send details to candace@uslhs.org.

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Absecon Lighthouse, NJ. Photo courtesy of Absecon Lighthouse & Museum

For example, Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest, and the country’s third tallest Lighthouse, will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day on Monday, August 7th. Kids up to 12 years old are invited to climb the lighthouse for FREE (must be accompanied by an adult) from 10am to 5pm. But let’s not forget the grown-ups! Enjoy a Full Moonrise Climb & Wine Tasting, while enjoying jazz tunes by Atlantic City’s very own Eddie Morgan Band, from 5:30 to 8:30. Tickets are $20 to help preserve this important Atlantic City icon.

Dogs on leashes are always welcome in the garden and the museum. Bring a lawn chair and hang-out…watch the sun set while you sip some wine, listen to classic soul tunes, stroll our 21-bed community garden, 2-acre grounds, and take in the historic outdoor exhibits.

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, the lighthouse is open to visitors every day July & August, 10am to 5pm, and Thursdays until 8pm – last climb is 1/2 hour before closing. This event has been sponsored in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant administered by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

Absecon event submitted by Jean Muchanic, Executive Director, Absecon Lighthouse, July 19, 2017

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News

Save the Date – Maritime Heritage Conference – February 15 – 17, 2018

PLEASE NOTE corrected email for proposals. We’ve also added Mike Vogel’s email who is putting together the lighthouse sessions.

U.S. Lighthouse Society News

Our Maritime Communities — Stronger Together

February 15-17, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest., Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and Known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future. The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to…

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International Lighthouses · News · Tours

Society’s Scotland / England Tour: Part 1

From July 10 to 26, the U.S. Lighthouse Society is touring Scotland and England, focusing on lighthouses, of course! Society Executive Director Jeff Gales has been sending daily updates of their travels.

[Click on the images to enlarge and read his captions.]

Submitted by Jeff Gales, U.S. Lighthouse Society Executive Director, July 10 & 11, 2017

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