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Getting More from Your Membership!

2024-03-26T11:10:09-04:00March 26th, 2024|

Make Your Membership Count More: Upgrade your membership level and bring additional friends and family to the Museum! The cost for the upgrade is the difference in cost from your current level to the higher level. Give us a call and we can upgrade your membership instantly! To see all of the membership levels, click here. Discounts on Specialty Programs: Did you know that members save on specialty programs like our Dark of the Moon [...]

November’s Member Event: Tour the Villa Zorayda

2023-10-30T14:40:39-04:00October 30th, 2023|

Join us in November for an exclusive tour of the Villa Zorayda on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, with two different tour times: 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Members will meet at the Villa Zorayda, check in and then begin their tour using an hand-held audio device. The tour will take roughly 45 minutes to an hour and does include stairs. We will have light refreshments for you following the tour. Each tour group is limited [...]

Military Honor Plaza Dedication on November 10th!

2023-10-31T13:58:41-04:00October 30th, 2023|

During World War II, the St. Augustine Light Station served as a United States Coast Guard station. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum honors that military heritage by opening the Military Honor Plaza featuring commemorative bricks to honor the members of our nation's Armed Forces. On Friday, November 10, 2023, the Museum will host a special ceremony to mark the opening of the Plaza at 10:00 AM. The event is free and open to [...]

Director of Museum Services Announces His Retirement!

2023-07-18T13:58:25-04:00July 18th, 2023|

Earlier this month, Rick Cain, the Director of Museum Services of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, announced his retirement after over 21 years of service. Rick joined the Museum in 2001 as the Visitor Services Coordinator and Safety Officer. Prior to working at the Museum, Rick worked as a Registered Nurse, training and skills that served him well as the Museum’s Safety Officer. In 2016, Rick was promoted to Director of Museum Services [...]

Summer Educational Programs Wrap Up!

2023-07-17T16:03:25-04:00July 17th, 2023|

For over  20 years, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has hosted summer camps filled with educational, exciting, hands-on learning experiences. Campers learn about their community, its history and culture - including meeting maritime archaeologists who talk about their underwater discoveries, local artists showcasing their talents, and park rangers teaching about the nature around them. This year, camp welcomed over 100 rising first through fifth graders for the five-week program. The feedback from the [...]

Legacy Program Spotlight: Rosie Sebastiano

2023-05-24T13:52:32-04:00May 24th, 2023|

As a loving tribute to mothers everywhere, our May's Legacy Program spotlight focuses on the legacy of Rosie Sebastiano. Her children have chosen to celebrate her life with a commemorative brick here at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Since the Museum was Rosie’s “happy place,” her children know that they can visit and remember her here.  We appreciate that they shared their unique story with us: Now we can meet in your favorite [...]

Where Were You On May 22, 1993?

2023-06-22T10:18:51-04:00May 24th, 2023|

On th at day, our 1st order Fresnel lens was put back into service after being repaired. In 1986, a vandal shot the lens at the top of the Lighthouse tower damaging 19 of the prisms. Beginning in 1980, the Junior Service League led a massive community effort to restore the St. Augustine Light Station. The restoration of the Keepers’ House was completed in 1990 after a disastrous fire in 1970. The League opened the Lighthouse [...]

Return to the French Frigate, Junon

2023-05-22T13:30:31-04:00May 22nd, 2023|

by Chuck Meide I was just 26, a bright-eyed graduate student at Florida State University, and it was the archaeological project of a lifetime. My friend and colleague David Johnson was a grad student at Texas A&M University. He’d taken a phone call from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island nation in the extreme southeast of the Caribbean. Better known now, but not then, as the scenic island filmed on location for Disney’s Pirates [...]

Member Spotlight: Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman

2023-04-25T12:10:55-04:00April 25th, 2023|

Each month we feature a Member Spotlight in our member newsletter giving our members a chance to share why the Museum is important to them and why they value their membership.  This month we recognize Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman.  Members since 2021, Rick and Kelli were married on the front lawn of the Museum in December 2020! Kelli has been visiting the Lighthouse since she was a child while her dad was stationed at [...]

Historical Preservation: Coastal Lookout Barracks Roof Completed!

2023-04-13T15:35:05-04:00April 10th, 2023|

The Coastal Barracks recently received a new cypress shingled roof. The funding for the project came from the Gene Oakes Grant Program of the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA). The FLA is a non-profit organization that provides grants to support historic preservation, restoration and educational programs at Florida's light stations. The Coastal Lookout Building was built in 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The building served as the barracks for the United States Coast [...]

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