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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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Event · Lighthouse Construction · News · Society Members

Ponce Inlet Begins 130th Anniversary Celebration

On November 1, 1887, at about dusk, Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse Principal Keeper William R. Rowlinski climbed the 213 steps of the tall, red brick giant to its lantern room. Rowlinski proceeded to light the five-concentric-wick kerosene lamp to inaugurate the first night of service for what is now known as the Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse. The brilliant, fixed white light blazed forth from the Barbier & Fenestre first-order lens.

About two months before the light’s activation, a Notice to Mariners was issued from the U.S. Light-House Board formally announcing the new light’s presence on the coast atop the 175-foot tower. It took three years to complete the station on that previously dark, 100-mile stretch of coast of East Florida.
Construction drawing courtesy National Archives

In 1970, after more than 80 years of service, the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the station and formulated plans to demolish the structures and use the rubble as an artificial reef. A group of Ponce Inlet residents, alarmed by the potential loss of so much local and national history, formed the Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse Preservation Association, saved the tower and keepers’ residences from the wrecking ball, and has managed and operated the station as an attraction and museum ever since. Restoration continues to this day, and as a result, in 1998 the once dilapidated station was recognized as a National Historic Landmark, one of only 12 historic United States lighthouses to be so honored. Welcoming more than 175,000 visitors each year, the station is acknowledged as one of the best preserved and most representative light stations in the nation.

Ponce DeLeon Inlet, FL, July 2013. Photo by John Mann

Today, that beacon continues to shine as a silent sentinel helping mariners navigate the dangerous Florida coast. In honor of that first lighting, a year-long, 130th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by the Preservation Association, begins with a festive evening on Friday evening, November 10, 2017, at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum .

Submitted by Society Member John F. Mann, Lead Docent, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, August 10, 2017

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22nd Annual Victorian Christmas Open House at Heceta Lighthouse B&B

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Come one, come all to Heceta Head Lightstation’s Victorian Christmas Open House!

Doors will be open to the public from 4-7 pm December 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th.

Enjoy the majesty of the beautifully decorated Keeper’s House! Each evening local musicians will perform your holiday favorites while local sponsors provide warm drinks and cookies! Santa Claus will also be visiting each evening.

Free Shuttle service from Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint parking lot will be available. There is a $5 day use fee required for parking. Admission to Keepers House is free.

Heceta Lighthouse Gift Shop will be open and filled with special lighthouse gifts for your Christmas shopping!  The State Park will have the lighthouse open as well, so bring your flashlight…. and rain jacket, just in case.

For more information please call 866-547-3696 or visit https://www.hecetalighthouse.com/events#christmas.

Submitted by Misty Anderson, Inn Manager and Event Coordinator, Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast on November 3, 2017

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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. Please join the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member. If you have items of interest to the lighthouse community and its supporters, please email them to candace@uslhs.org.