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Blog2020-02-05T11:46:52-05:00

Honoring the 76th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion

https://www.facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse/videos/249935589602301/ On June 6, 1944, Joyce Murphy, an 18-year old defense worker from St. Augustine, wrote her mother expressing her concerns about the upcoming D-Day invasion of France during World War II.  Her letter captures the fear and anticipation of the country as the nation awaited news of perhaps the greatest event to take place during World War II.

June 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Mission Accomplished: At-home Conservation Project

Conservators try to be as careful as possible when working with artifacts - objects left behind by people. They want to make sure they do not cause any damage as they clean and process each object. Each one should be treated a little differently depending on what it is made of. With this activity, we are looking at objects made of metal: precious or pure metal, like gold or silver.   [...]

April 30th, 2020|Archaeology|

GHOST PROFILES: Learn a little about our lighthouse ghosts in these fun Q&As

Update (September 23, 2020): The Lighthouse has reopened, and the Dark of the Moon Tours have returned! The codes in this post will not work any longer, but please give us a call or visit us online to schedule your tickets for the Dark of the Moon Tour!! GHOST PROFILES: Learn a little about our lighthouse ghosts in these Q&As from the  St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and Dark [...]

April 23rd, 2020|In the News, Lighthouse History, Miscellaneous|

Ask An Expert: Maritime Archaeologist Austin Burkhard

https://youtu.be/cO0-xQvEjZk ASK AN EXPERT Every Monday at 2 PM An expert from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will answer your questions on topics including lighthouses, shipwrecks, exhibits, history, and boatbuilding. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: youtube.com/channel/UCxpgNR1J7cMK8XI_Dgd0hEA/ Find more details about our Nation's Oldest Port Online Programs here: https://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/explore-learn/education/ #LoveYourLighthouse Your St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is closed to protect you and your lighthouse family from COVID-19. [...]

April 20th, 2020|Archaeology|

Mission Accomplished: Preserving a Revolutionary War Shipwreck (VIDEO!)

#LoveYourLighthouse Your St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is closed to protect you and your lighthouse family from COVID-19. Your Gift of Love for our Maritime Heritage Makes A Difference. Donate today, or take advantage of deep discount opportunities by visiting www.staugustinelighthouse.org. Stay Safe and #LoveYourLighthouse https://youtu.be/XKPP-EgZVK0   Thank you for joining the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for Mission Accomplished: Preserving a Revolutionary War Shipwreck. This is the second of a [...]

April 16th, 2020|Archaeology, In the News, Lighthouse History|

Mission Accomplished: Discovering a Revolutionary War Shipwreck VIDEO

https://youtu.be/edXNaE6uMSk Thank you for joining the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum this morning [April 9, 2020] for Mission Accomplished: Discovering a Revolutionary War Shipwreck. This is the first of a four-part series showcasing the Museum mission to discover, preserve, present, and keep alive the stories of the nation’s oldest port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse. First, a little background. Archaeologists are scientist that study materials, such [...]

April 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Doubly Doomed: World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918

Compiled by James Smith In the closing days of World War I, the world faced one of the worst pandemics of the modern era, the Spanish Flu Pandemic.  The term Spanish Flu originated largely because the United States government did not want news of the disease to diminish the war effort, since the conflict was nearly won. World War I ended with the armistice on November 11, 1918.  However, Spain [...]

April 6th, 2020|Historical Research, In the News, Uncategorized|

Stuck at Home: Virtually Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

#LoveYourLighthouse Your St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is closed to protect you and your lighthouse family from COVID-19. While we are closed, we invite you to take virtual tours of the lighthouse and museum in the following YouTube videos. Your Gift of Love for our Maritime Heritage Makes A Difference. Donate today, or take advantage of deep discount opportunities by visiting www.staugustinelighthouse.org. Stay Safe and #LoveYourLighthouse Tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse [...]

March 28th, 2020|Archaeology, Conservation, Lighthouse History|

Women’s History Month: First Female Lighthouse Keeper in Florida

The first St. Augustine Lighthouse, called the Spanish Watchtower, which became Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. Maria Andreu, wife of Head Keeper Joseph Andreu, became the first female lighthouse keeper in Florida when her husband died in 1859. By Kimberly King, Museum Staffer To best understand the importance of women at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, we must understand that women have always supported the light keepers. They ran [...]

March 20th, 2020|Education, In the News, Lighthouse History|

CLOSED March 16 for two weeks due to COVID-19

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we will close the museum beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing for 14 days. Major Florida museums across the state are starting to close for two weeks to flatten the curve and to preserve the LONG TERM [...]

March 16th, 2020|In the News|

Museum Notice: COVID-19 – St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to remain open

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.   As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we are doing everything we can help to minimize the risk of virus transmission in the community. We are following the guidelines published by the CDC and local health authorities. And will continue [...]

March 13th, 2020|In the News|

1760 British Yawl wooden boat recreated by Heritage Boatworks volunteers

 Vessel built at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for re-enactment group Heritage Boatworks volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum have completed a replica of a 1760 Yawl wooden sailing vessel. This commission for HMS Bellisarius, a re-enactment group, was handcrafted for near three years. “Using plans from 1760, the boat builders have constructed a working Yawl. These boats were adopted by the British Navy in [...]

March 11th, 2020|In the News, LAMP Boatworks|

Ghost Stories: The Pittee Girls

By Kelcie Lloyd, Special Programs Manager Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours The Pittee Sisters After being darkened during the Civil War, on June 1, 1867, the Old Spanish watchtower once more became a functioning lighthouse with the return of its light. Nevertheless, it soon became clear that the structure would soon lose the battle with Mother Nature as the sea continued to erode the land around the [...]

March 2nd, 2020|Lighthouse History|

May 9: The 2nd Annual St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest will benefit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Unlimited beer tastings from 30 craft breweries will be the highlight of the second annual St. Augustine Brewers’ Festival, held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. Each ticketholder will receive a commemorative 6-ounce tasting glass. Tickets are available starting March 1 at stabrewersfest.com Admission is $40 in advance, and $45 the day of the event. There is limited on-site parking. VIP [...]

February 26th, 2020|Events|
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