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Point Bonita Lighthouse – Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors to the lighthouse.

Point Bonita
Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Relocated to its present location in 1877, the first Point Bonita Lighthouse was built in 1855 and was the third lighthouse established on the West Coast. Located at the northwest tip of the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the station is located on the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a half mile trail that is steep at the beginning, then halfway to the lighthouse, the trail continues through a tunnel carved out in 1877. Finally you cross a suspension bridge to get out to the lighthouse.

Volunteers are needed to provide an essential customer service–helping visitors understand the history of the lighthouse. Talking to the visitors requires considerable knowledge, forethought, and preparation in order to meet visitors needs and questions.

The lighthouse hours are: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested please contact Park Ranger Marcus Combs at 415-289-1804 or <marcus_combs@nps.gov>.

Submitted by Marcus Combs, Volunteer Coordinator, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, June 22, 2017

Approach to Point Bonita Lighthouse. 2017 photo by Candace Clifford

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Want to Help Transcribe Yaquina Head Lighthouse Documents?

Yaquina Head Letter
Example of letter to be transcribed. National Archives, RG 26, Letterbook 311 (click on image to enlarge)

The Friends of Yaquina Lights (FOYL), Newport, Oregon, have discovered a great way to transcribe their historical documents from the National Archives. They are using volunteers to transcribe their collection of historic documents (keeper’s logs, correspondence, etc.) using an online site at fromthepage.com/YaquinaLights. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can volunteer! Accounts at fromthepage.com are free and easy to set up. Successful transcription of this large collection of fascinating (along with the more mundane) will make these historical documents available to the general public.

Submitted by Amy Cauthon, Friends of Yaquina Lights, foyl@yaquinalights.org, February 6, 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 consider joining 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.

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Volunteers Needed for Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

thomas_point_shoal-loresVolunteers are needed to help conduct tours aboard the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, an offshore station in the Chesapeake Bay. An informational meeting  will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, Maryland, on February 11, 2017. Light refreshments at 8:30am followed by the meeting at 9:00am sharp. Training is provided. Volunteers work in teams to greet and register visitors and to interpret this National Historic Landmark lighthouse. Register by February 4 via email to TPSL@verizon.net. Parents of volunteers who are under 18 years of age should also attend.

Submitted by Bob Stevenson, Education Coordinator, Chesapeake Chapter, U.S. Lighthouse Society, January 16, 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 consider joining 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.