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East Point Lighthouse (NJ) Support Rally on Nov. 10

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Undated image of East Point Lighthouse, USLHS archives

East Point Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in New Jersey, was built in 1849 on Delaware Bay in Cumberland County. The building has been restored and is now a museum open to the public, thanks to the Maurice River Historical Society.

Click here to learn more about visiting the lighthouse.

According the lighthouse website, there is nothing protecting the structure but a small line of failing sandbags. The historical society is calling on supporters to contact the governor of New Jersey and the commissioner of the New Jersey DEP to let them know that the the erosion problem must be addressed before it is too late.

On Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a support rally in front of the lighthouse. The public is invited to gather to show their support for this historic landmark. Click here to learn more.

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Erie Land Lighthouse (PA) celebrates its 200th anniversary on November 3

Erie Land Lighthouse, also known as Old Presque Isle Light, stands on a bluff in Lighthouse Park east of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The original lighthouse on the site, built in 1818, was one of the first to be built by the United States on the Great Lakes. The present tower was built in 1867.

Erie Land Lighthouse (USLHS photo)

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the light station.  Click here for a video interview with Michael Fuhrman, event organizer for an upcoming open house celebrating the anniversary.

The November 3 celebration (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will feature patriotic musical entertainment by the Bayfront Brass Quintet, a group of former military musicians. Celebration activities include appearances by the McDowell High School ROTC; a discussion of the history of the lighthouse; and remarks by Erie Mayor Joe Schember.

Click here for more on the celebration.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research. You can receive these posts via email if you click on the “SUBSCRIBE” button in the right-hand column. Please support this electronic newsletter by joining the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member.

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Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (WI) 150th anniversary celebration on Oct. 15

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse near Ephraim, Wisconsin, turns 150 years old on October 15, 2018, and the Door County Historical Society has plans to celebrate in style.

The celebration will include a flag ceremony by American Legion Post 527 Sister Bay, music by the Gibraltar High School band, book signings with nationally known lighthouse authors Barb and Ken Wardius, anniversary cake, and a raffle.

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Early 1900s postcard (U.S. Lighthouse Society)

The restored lighthouse keeper’s house at Eagle Bluff has been a museum since 1963. During the celebration on October 15, there will be special tours through the keeper’s house and tower climbs will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is inside Peninsula State Park, between Fish Creek and Ephraim, at 10249 Shore Road. The celebration is free to attend, guided tours are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 ages 13-17, $3.50 ages 6 to 12, free for Door County Historical Society members; a state park vehicle sticker is required for entry. The first 100 adult guests will receive free coffee and a cookie.

Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society is a membership organization that keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation, and sharing of the heritage of Door County. For more information, call 920-421-2332 or go to doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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North Carolina’s Cape Lookout Lighthouse went dark from Florence, reopening this weekend to celebrate recovery

2001 photo by Candace Clifford

North Carolina’s historic Cape Lookout Lighthouse went dark for at least nine days when Hurricane Florence hit the Outer Banks on September 14, but the Coast Guard soon had it working again.

The seasonal climbing season for the lighthouse ended on September 16. But the National Park Service is opening it to the public for three days starting this Friday, October 5, “to celebrate the progress towards recovery from Hurricane Florence.”

Admission will be free. Climbing hours will be from 10:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can only be acquired in-person at the site the day of the climb. There are no advance tickets.

Click here for the full press release

 

Event · News · Tours

Saturday, October 20, Hudson River Lighthouse Boat Tour offered by the National Lighthouse Museum

Cruise aboard the Majestic Princess up the Hudson River on Saturday, October 20th, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., leaving from Pier 1, St. George, Staten Island, adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum.

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Tarrytown Lighthouse, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

The narrated cruise will pass Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse (“Little Red Lighthouse”), Ambrose Lightship, Frying Pan Lightship, the Lilac Lighthouse Tender, and Tarrytown Lighthouse. Presenters will also note significant New York City sites and relate historic tales. The magnificent Palisades and fall foliage are an added attraction.

Click here for more details and tickets.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research. You can receive these posts via email if you click on the “SUBSCRIBE” button in the right-hand column. Please support this electronic newsletter by joining the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member.

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Promoting National Lighthouse Day

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Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest, holds a framed copy of Senate Resolution 507 declaring August 7, 2013, “National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day”

The United States Lighthouse Society is a strong supporter of National Lighthouse Day (August 7), an annual commemoration of the anniversary of the federal lighthouse establishment. It is an opportunity to celebrate lighthouses and efforts to preserve both the structures and their history.

To this end, we would like to update our Events page to reflect any National Lighthouse Day celebrations around the country. Please send details of such events to candace@uslhs.org. Include a short description of the event and a link for more information.

Thanks for all you do to support and preserve lighthouses!

Submitted by Candace Clifford, May 6, 2018

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research. You can receive these posts via email if you click on the “SUBSCRIBE” button in the right-hand column. Please support this electronic newsletter by joining the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member.

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Education · Event · News · Vessels

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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