News · Preservation · Tours

St. Marks Light Station Has A Lot to Celebrate

Above photos showing the newly restored interior at St. Marks Light Station, Florida, are courtesy of Craig Kittendorf.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Lighthouse Day with a Homecoming Celebration at the St. Marks Lighthouse! On Monday, August 7, 2018, the Refuge staff will host the descendants of lighthouse keepers and their families, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard who also kept the light. The Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge recently finished funding Phase II of the restoration, which included stabilizing and restoring the tower and the keeper’s dwelling.They received over $500,000 in grants from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, and the results of the restoration are breath-taking! The Florida Lighthouse Association will tour the tower during their June meeting. The Refuge plans to begin public access to the keeper’s dwelling in September.

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The U.S. Lighthouse Society Gulf Coast tour visited the newly restored St. Marks Light Station in April 2018. The light station became part of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on the north coast of Florida in 1931. Photo by Jeff Gales

Submitted June 3, 2018, by Craig Kittendorf, ranger with the St. Marks NWR who worked closely with the restoration architect and contractors.

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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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Funding Sources · News · Preservation

2018 Preservation Grants Cycle Begins

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Standard plan for a fourth-order lantern. (National Archives)

The U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Preservation Grants Program helps lighthouse preservation groups across the country preserve coastal landmarks that reflect the nation’s rich maritime history. The 2018 Preservation Grants Cycle has begun. Letters of Intent will be accepted until May 6, 2018.

A complete description of the program, guidelines, and application process can be found on our Preservation Grants Program website.

A free webinar for potential applicants will be held Friday, March 23, at noon (EST). This  instructional webinar is designed to communicate program guidelines and to address your questions about the application process. Registration is required.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, March 21, 2018

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News · Preservation · Volunteer Opportunities

Work Days at Execution Rocks

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Execution Rocks, New York. 2009 photo by George Doerner

To Whom It May Concern:

This May 2018,  I would like to take a weekend or two ( Friday and Saturday nights ), to go out to the Execution Rocks Lighthouse, NY, and do a lot of scraping and sanding of the walls of the interior keeper’s quarters and then paint with rollers and brushes two Benjamin Moore colors: Mystic Beige (on the walls) and Arctic White ( on the trim), to clean the place up cosmetically for the summer.

I am hoping several people will contact me that can help with the work and pick up their boat transportation fee ( about $75 round trip including tip) with North Shore Boat Rental, the cost of some paint, and a roller and paint brushes you’d like to use and sandpaper and a scraper. Any home depot can hook you up! Bring some work cloths and your sleeping bags. Flashlights are helpful too!

I’ll bring the food, ice and water. Let me know what you like to eat. 

Please let me know – Craig Morrison – morrisoncraig@yahoo.com

Thank you very much!

Submitted by Craig Morrison, President, Historically Significant Structures Inc., www.lighthouserestorations.org, March 6, 2018

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Gasparilla Island Lighthouse brought back to life

‘The best view on the island’ shines after a $1.8 million restoration project.

As many of you know, Gasparilla Island, Florida, has two lighthouses. The original Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, established in 1890, is now a museum and educational facility. The second lighthouse, established as a rear range in 1927, has undergone a major restoration.

Thanks to Toni C. Collins, the Society’s Passport Ambassador for Florida West Coast-Alabama-Mississippi, for supplying the recent January 17, 2018, news article from the Venice Herald Tribune, describing the tremendous work and fundraising done by the Barrier Island Parks Society following two hurricanes.  She thinks these folks deserve some publicity for their efforts!

Link to article: Gasparilla Island Lighthouse brought back to life

Submitted January 28, 2018

 

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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News · Preservation

Shining a Light on Metalsmith Alex Klahm

Yaquina Head Lighthouse shrouded for restoration in 2005-06. Courtesy George Collins

Satisfied smiles faded and hearts sank when Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials in Oregon learned that their pride and joy, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse they’d taken over from the Coast Guard in 1996, needed lots and lots of Tender Loving Care..

The 93-foot-tall 1873 lighthouse was discovered in 2000 to need about a million dollars worth of repairs. BLM funds became available in 2005 to begin a seven-month-long top-to-bottom exterior restoration.

Key to the project was nationally-acclaimed metalsmith/designer craftsman Alex Klahm, applauded for his work since 1989 at many lighthouses on the East and Gulf Coasts.

Alex recreated at his home factory, 3,200 miles away in St. Petersburg, Florida, and later installed — with two helpers — dozens of cast iron and bronze pieces to replace rusted railings, cornices, posts, and brackets at the top of the lighthouse tower. The BLM presented Alex with a certificate of excellence for the exceptional work.

 Submitted by Society Member George Collins, October 19, 2017.

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