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Aug. 17-18: International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

2019-08-12T13:25:09-04:00August 12th, 2019|

St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society will be on site with HAM Radios ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will join 400+ lighthouses from throughout the world for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) from August 17-18, with support from members of the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) on the grounds of the nonprofit Museum throughout the weekend. Members of SAARS will operate the HAM radios and communicate with lighthouses [...]

National Lighthouse Day celebrated August 7 at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2019-08-05T15:26:56-04:00August 5th, 2019|

Alexander Hamilton was first Supervisor of all U.S. lighthouses Long before the days of GPS, lighthouses played an integral role in keeping sailors safe on the water. There was no Siri to tell them where to go, so they simply had to fully rely on their wits … and lighthouses. The first St. Augustine Lighthouse, called the Spanish Watchtower, which become Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. This tower fell into the ocean in 1880, six [...]

229th US Coast Guard Birthday celebrated Aug. 4, 2019

2019-08-02T12:44:09-04:00August 2nd, 2019|

Established on August 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has kept the nation’s waterways safe, playing a critical role in national security. Every year, August 4 is celebrated as the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, commemorating the military organization for its valor and discipline. Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Revenue Marine — which later became the U.S. Coast Guard. A US Coast Guard retired fog bell in front of the 1876 [...]

Ivory Lice Comb found on 1782 shipwreck

2019-07-30T15:09:53-04:00July 30th, 2019|

This lice comb was found in a concretion from the Storm shipwreck, a 1782 American Revolutionary War shipwreck excavated by St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum archaeologists and students from 2009-2017. View other artifacts from this shipwreck in WRECKED!, an exhibit in the Keepers' House at the Museum. Read more about the shipwreck here. View artifacts in the WRECKED! exhibit which were found on the 1782 American Revolutionary War shipwreck. This photo shows artifacts in [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse nominated as Best Haunted Destination by USA Today’s 10Best

2019-07-30T11:13:38-04:00July 30th, 2019|

Voting open through August 26 The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum was nominated as Best Haunted Destination 2019 by USA Today’s 10Best website. Voting opened on July 29 and continues through Aug. 26 at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-haunted-destination-2019/ From the story: “The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with their own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. Vote once per day for your favorite haunted destination until voting ends on Monday, August 26 at noon eastern time. The [...]

New Florida License Plate features artist rendering of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse – available Aug. 9

2019-07-23T12:40:55-04:00July 23rd, 2019|

This new Florida license plate depicting the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse will be available starting Aug. 8, 2019 at VisitOurLights.org or your local tag office. Funds raised go to the Florida Lighthouse Association, which aids in preservation and restoration of Florida’s 29 remaining historic lighthouses. Revenues assist in the saving and restoration of Florida’s beloved beacons JUPITER, FL – Images of Jupiter’s beloved, iconic Light are everywhere, and now a very special one is coming to [...]

Lighthouse Education Program thankful for summer camp community support

2019-07-15T10:22:02-04:00July 15th, 2019|

Summer camp students create towers out of pasta and marshmallows in a lesson about building a solid structure such as the 145-year-old St. Augustine Lighthouse. For the past 8 years, 350 students have attended summer camp on scholarship As another summer camp season wraps up, the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum would like to thank the many individual community donors, business sponsors and nonprofit partners who have helped to provide these educational experiences [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum selected as beneficiary of Winn Dixie Community Bag Program

2019-07-02T13:39:39-04:00July 2nd, 2019|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum celebrates selection as a Winn Dixie Community Bag Program Beneficiary in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. The nonprofit Museum has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of July 2019. The Winn Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live [...]

St. Augustine Brewers Festival donates $9,400 to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2019-06-21T12:18:54-04:00June 21st, 2019|

Organizers of the inaugural St. Augustine Brewers’ Festival presented a donation of $9,421.27 to the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. The event was held on Saturday, May 11 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.  In addition to the donation to the lighthouse, Brewers’ Fest organizers also donated $1,000 to Keepers of the Coast, which provided a water refill station during the event. “We are thrilled to be selected as a beneficiary of [...]

June 6, 2019: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

2019-05-28T09:45:29-04:00May 28th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on Thursday, June 6, 2019 with special programs honoring our military. The ongoing programming will take place from 10 AM to 6 PM, with free admission for veterans and active U.S. military on this day. The Museum will display “Field of Honor” signs on the front lawn of the Keepers’ House honoring friends and loved ones who [...]

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