Affiliates · News · Preservation

Anclote Key Lighthouse Reopens to Visitors

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Anclote Key Lighthouse, near Tarpon Springs, Florida, is reopened on January 27, 2018, with the help of Ted Cornell (Anclote Key State Park), Ron Ecker (FLA), Chris Belcher (FLA), and Dan Hogan (Friends of Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse)

According to the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA) website, “the Anclote Key Lighthouse has been closed to the public for about three years due to contaminated soil around the tower. With the help of a grant from FLA, the Friends of Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse have installed a white picket fence along the walkway, thus allowing visitors get to the Lighthouse and climb the tower. 

The Anclote Key Lighthouse, a cast-iron structure, was fully funded by Congress in 1887, with assembly commencing in June of 1887 when the prefabricated tower arrived from the north. The light was lit for the first time on September 15, 1887 by keeper James Gardner. The lighthouse was automated by the Coast Guard in 1952, and since it was no longer manned, vandals did extensive damage; by 1984 the lighthouse was inoperative and discontinued by the Coast Guard.  In January 2003 a massive 1.5 million dollar restoration project began, culminating in a relighting ceremony on September 13, 2003.

Since the original 3rd order Fresnel lens was nowhere to be found, a modern rotating optic was placed in the lantern room; however, the rotating optic wasn’t bright enough or good enough.  So the restoration project took another step forward and commissioned Enberg Mold and Tools in Jacksonville to make a replica acrylic lens.  They met the challenge and in November 2004, a smaller replica 4th order lens was installed in the tower.  In addition, a permanent residence has been completed for the park ranger, who now resides on the island.   Anclote Key is truly a “shining example” of lighthouse restoration at its finest.”

 

The Florida Lighthouse Association visited and climbed Anclote Key Lighthouse as part of their winter meeting. Visit Friends of Anclote Key State Park & Lighthouse for more information on their preservation of the lighthouse.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society will be visiting Anclote Key as part of their Gulf Coast tour.

Photos by Candace Clifford; submitted January 27, 2018

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Affiliates · Awards · News

Anne Webster-Wallace Receives Holland Award

The American Lighthouse Council, now an affiliate of the United States Lighthouse Society, marked National Lighthouse Day this year by presenting the nation’s top lighthouse preservation honor to Anne Webster-Wallace of Maine.

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Mike Vogel presents the Holland Award to Anne Webster-Wallace on National Lighthouse Day

Anne was the force behind the 1996 Maine Lights Program, the prototype lighthouse transfer program that served four years later as a template for the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act and lighthouse transfers to preservation groups nationwide. When she became director of that program for the Island Institute, she already had a decade of experience in preserving the offshore Sequin Island Lighthouse near her home in Georgetown, Maine.  In 1986, Anne Webster started her involvement with lighthouse preservation by fighting to save a hometown lighthouse. She went on to make invaluable contributions to the national lighthouse movement, including developing the lighthouse transfer program that became the inspiration and template for the transfer of historic light stations to stewardship groups nationwide.

Anne also served on the National Lighthouse Museum Steering Committee and as an officer of the American Lighthouse Council. She played a pivotal role in lighthouse preservation at seminal moments in its development as a state, regional and national movement, and helped immeasurably in shaping it into a strong and successful coalition of groups with a unified voice in the general preservation community.

To recognize her long service to the keeping of the lights and of their heritage, the American Lighthouse Council this year awarded her the H. Ross Holland Award, the community’s highest lifetime honor. The award was presented in Georgetown on August 7, National Lighthouse Day, by Council co-chair Mike Vogel.

The honor was the final Holland Award to be presented by the Council. The honor now will be administered by the grants and awards committee of the United States Lighthouse Society, and nominations may be sent to the Society.

Submitted by Mike Vogel, U.S. Lighthouse Society Board Secretary, August 9, 2017

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Affiliates · News

GLLKA Welcomes New Operations Manager Jim Tamlyn

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Jim Tamlyn. GLLKA photo

Mackinaw City – The Board of Directors unanimously approved new leadership for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA), a local non-profit with over 1100 members, dedicated to preserving lighthouses and telling the story of the amazing personnel who have lived in them.

Jim Tamlyn personifies leadership, not only creating the first northern Michigan tri-county 911 system, but also guiding the Emmet County board of commissioners for over two decades. Tamlyn is also known to countless visitors at the McGulpin Lighthouse as the driving force behind the county’s purchase of the beacon in 2009. Tamlyn was instrumental in creating a successful giftshop at McGulpin, and many of the improvements that are enjoyed by visitors during the tourist season. Noting the importance of local history, he helped create the Emmet County Historical Commission, which featured leadership from GLLKA visionaries Dr. Sandy Planisek and Dick Moehl.

“We are thrilled Jim has agreed to helm our organization” GLLKA President Ric Mixter says, “He has sailed the waters as a young able-bodied seaman aboard the historic Chief Wawatam and was crucial in the development of the light at McGulpin. He inspires volunteerism and has many connections that will help us fund our own lighthouses at St Helena and Cheboygan. He’s known many of our founding members and has a clear understanding of how GLLKA can continue to promote our maritime resources.”

Tamlyn will oversee day to day operations of the group, leaving former Executive Director Terry Pepper open to continue with cruises, tours and historical writings.  Pepper took a leave of absence for health reasons earlier this month, but continues to consult for the group, editing their Facebook postings and the quarterly magazine “The Beacon”.

GLLKA membership is open to the public starting at $40 per year. Dues fund our ongoing lighthouse preservation and education initiatives, ensuring that our lighthouse heritage will survive for future generations.

Submitted by Ric Mixter, President, GLLKA, June 26, 2017

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Affiliates · Conferences · Lifesaving Service · News

USLSSHA to Meet in San Francsico

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Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, one of many stations to be visited during the upcoming meeting. 2017 photo by Candace Clifford

The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) just issued a release about their 2017 annual meeting. It will take place in and around San Francisco, September 14 – 16. More information can be found in the link to the release and on their website at http://uslife-savingservice.org/annual-conference/2017-annual-meeting/

Release submitted by the USLSSHA, June 16, 2017

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Affiliates · Job Announcements · News

GLLKA Seeks Operations Manager

GLLKA LogoNon profit in Mackinaw City, Michigan, seeks operations manager. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) is dedicated to the preservation of Great Lakes lighthouses. Responsibilities include coordination of office staff, inspire volunteers, and fundraise. Retail and publishing experience a plus. Mid-40s salary. Resume to ric.mixter@gllka.com.

Submitted by Dianne Taeckens, June 8, 2017.

Affiliates · Event · News

Lighthouse Gala & Symposium Weekend – May 6 & 7, 2017

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Lighthouse Symposium – May 6, 1pm to 5pm:

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy fascinating presentations and a special Keeper’s Q&A during our symposium event, Lighthouse Keeping: Past, Present & Future being held at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (57 Gravelly Brook Road, Kennebunkport) from 1 to 5pm!

Presenters include…

Former Keeper and author, Ernie DeRaps, who will entertain with a slideshow on the years he and his wife Pauline spent on some of Maine’s lighthouses, including Monhegan, Browns Head and Fort Point;

Jeremy D’Entremont, New England lighthouse historian, will present “New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them”;

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Courtesy American Lighthouse Foundation

Bob Trapani, Jr., ALF Executive Director and lighthouse technician for the Coast Guard,  will showcase how the Coast Guard’s modern day lighthouse keeping responsibilities are carried out.

A book signing will also take place following the presentations and light refreshments will be served.  Tickets for the symposium portion are $10 per person.

Lighthouse Gala – May 7, 1pm to 5pm:

The 2017 Lighthouse Gala…our annual afternoon celebration, begins at 1pm on Sunday and will be held in the ballroom of the beautiful Nonantum Resort (95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport) in historic Kennebunkport!

Lighthouse Gala & SymposiumLieutenant David Bourbeau, Chief, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard, will be our Keynote speaker. LT Bourbeau will share the Coast Guards’ latest initiatives related to lighthouses including the brilliant light emitting diode beacons and on-demand Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal system, as well as the Coast Guard’s commitment to working with partners like the American Lighthouse Foundation and how the public benefits from this teamwork to keep the lights shining bright.

Presentation of the Keeper of the Light Award and the ALF Len Hadley Volunteerism Awards.

The Nonantum prepares a delicious dinner that will feature your choice of: Prime Rib Roast au Jus, Chicken Florentine or Baked New England Haddock, salad, dessert, coffee & tea. Cash Bar. Don’t miss the Silent Auctionselection which will include: lighthouse overnights, nautical theme prints, gift baskets, collectibles and more!

Tickets for the Lighthouse Gala are $50 per person.

Order Tickets…

Online at: www.lighthousefoundation.org/eventcalendar/2017-annual-lighthouse-gala/

Call ALF at:  207-594-4174

Excerpted from the  website; originally published March 28, 2017

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Affiliates · Education · News

It Takes an Engineer to Raise a Lighthouse

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East Clayton Elementary students create a lighthouse “museum” each year to exhibit their models. Photo courtesy of Clayton Elementary

For many years, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society (OBLHS) has offered to visit classrooms to talk about North Carolina lighthouses. This year, two fourth-grade teams of teachers and their students take the spotlight: East Clayton Elementary in Raleigh and Providence Creek Elementary in Charlotte. Students studied coastal features and current problems as well as lighthouse architecture.

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Students study what North Carolina lighthouses looked like during the Civil War. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Bruce Roberts and Cheryl Shelton-Roberts, cofounders of OBLHS, had the pleasure to visit Providence Creek Elementary. The center of the room was dominated by a big coastal map showing ocean and inlets and sounds. Marking major map points were students’ handmade lighthouse models–and this went on throughout five classrooms.

Small teams in each class chose one of nine lighthouses to reproduce as a 3-D model. It was great fun to listen to students explain, “This didn’t stick, then that tore, then I couldn’t get the model to be round, and the pattern [daymark] didn’t look right.” These remarks were followed by thrown-back hands and, “It’s not as easy as it looks.” Perhaps not, but these young engineers did an impressive job. These visits are always inspirational and fun. We also offer follow-ups via personal communication with students who either have further questions or share their written projects.

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Two young lighthouse engineers explained how their programmed LED light worked to make their model shine brightly. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Former OBLHS president, Bett Padgett, has visited with East Clayton fourth graders several times. These students have “adopted” our society and have donated well over $1,000 for the benefit of North Carolina’s lights.

OBLHS offers two types of grants to assist classes traveling to a lighthouse or to help with expenses while studying maritime history, currently included in fourth- and eighth-grade state curricula. The society has sponsored hundreds of students to visit a lighthouse. You can read more about these grants on their website.

Submitted by Cheryl Roberts, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, April 3, 2017

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