Archaeologist Allyson Ropp goes on an archaeological adventure to Marshall Islands

War & Warmth … A Pacific Adventure By Allyson Ropp, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Every time I travel to see family, the first question I receive is, “Where did you go now?” This is one of the best questions that I receive and luckily this last archaeological adventure took me back to the Pacific to work on a cultural heritage project related to World War II (WWII). The Marshall [...]

January 20th, 2020|Archaeology|

Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. awarded a $499,999 grant

The St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. (LAMP) has been awarded a $499,999 grant for the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project: Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment and Mitigation Strategy from a Hurricane Irma National Park Service Subgrant from the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. Funding for this program is provided by the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to its Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria (HIM) Emergency Supplemental Historic [...]

January 17th, 2020|Archaeology, In the News|

Museum Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Wittmer

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Larry Wittmer Museum volunteer Larry Wittmer volunteers at the base and the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, greeting visitors and answering guest questions. Q: How many years have you volunteered at the Museum? A: One + years. Q: What compels you to volunteer? A: I really believe in “OUR LIGHTHOUSE” and its mission. It is very special to live in such an historic American city as St Augustine. I [...]

January 15th, 2020|In the News|

13 Full Moons in 2020: Experience Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours and Sunset Moonrise events

WOLF MOON ECLIPSE! A penumbral lunar eclipse, also called a Wolf Moon Eclipse, will take place starting on Friday, January 10. Guests on the Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours this weekend (January 10-12) at the St. Augustine Lighthouse will get a view of this beautiful full moon! Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Sunset Moonrise [...]

January 10th, 2020|Events, Photography|

Jan. 16: Lighthouse Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg to speak at The Players Community Senior Center

Highbourne Cay Shipwreck Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg will speak on Thursday, January 16 from 11 AM to 12 PM at The Players Community Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane, in Ponte Vedra Beach. This talk will be about the earliest Spanish explorers in the New World and the 1513 voyage of Ponce de Leon. "The focus of the talk is the shipwreck I have [...]

January 6th, 2020|Archaeology|

Jan. 21 & Jan. 31: Maritime Archaeologist Chuck Meide to be featured speaker

January 21 - GTM Research Reserve at Marineland Archaeologist Chuck Meide Archaeologist Chuck Meide, with the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeological Program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, will be the featured speaker from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at  the GTM Research Reserve field office in the town of Marineland at 9741 Oceanshore Blvd, just south of Marineland Dolphin Adventure, on the west side [...]

January 3rd, 2020|Archaeology, Events|

2020 Lighthouse Night Fest on February 29!

Join us on Saturday, February 29 from 4 to 8 PM for the annual Lighthouse Night Fest. This special day commemorates the re-lighting of our 1874 St. Augustine Lighthouse after a massive restoration project led by the The Junior Service League of St. Augustine. Sign-up to participate in the Junior Service League's Lighthouse Annual 5K & Fun Run and then join us after the race for a free open house [...]

January 2nd, 2020|Events|

Members-Only Event: Museum Movie Night on January 16

MUSEUM MOVIE NIGHT for Museum Members SPONSORED BY Supercuts - Seabridge Square & Supercuts Anastasia Plaza Captain January JANUARY 16, 2020 7-9 p.m. Join us for a movie on the front lawn! Captain January - Shirley Temple is a shipwrecked orphan girl growing up with a gentle lighthouse keeper named Captain January (Guy Kibbee). Become a member: staugustinelighthouse.org/get-involved/museum-difference-makers/memberships/

January 2nd, 2020|Events|

December 4: Luminary Night welcomes the community to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum during the holiday season

Luminary Night is an annual tradition hosted by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, the Museum grounds will open for an evening community celebration for all ages. More than 2,000 luminaries are displayed throughout the grounds and on the streets surrounding this historic landmark, creating a magical holiday experience. Lights and holiday décor also adorn the 1876 Keepers’ House and other [...]

November 4th, 2019|Events|

Veterans Receive Free Admission on Veterans Day

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will offer FREE admission for US Military Veterans on Veterans Day; Monday, November 11. Museum hours are 9 AM to 6 PM. Immediate family members of Veterans will receive 10 percent off admission. Free admission is also available for active military and their immediate family on Veterans Day and all year long. St. Johns County Residents pay once and can visit for a [...]

October 22nd, 2019|Events|

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum celebrates the 145th Anniversary of the Historic Tower

St. Johns County residents receive free admission on October 15 with code JSL The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum celebrates 145 years of maritime history in the current historic, lighthouse tower. The second lighthouse at St. Augustine was built from 1871 to 1874 and topped by the first-order Fresnel lens from Paris, France. The first lighting was by Keeper William Russell on October 15, 1874. “The tower stands testament [...]

October 10th, 2019|Lighthouse History|

Sunken history: Ponte Vedra Beach shipwreck presents snapshot of centuries-old maritime customs

From The St. Augustine Record By Colleen Jones Brendan Burke has been studying shipwrecks for years — dozens of them in different pieces and conditions. Archaeologist Brendan Burke will speak about wooden shipwrecks at 7 p.m. September 12, 2019 at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. But when a shipwrecked hull, the ribs of its frame almost fully intact, washed ashore south of Ponte Vedra Beach in late-March 2018, Burke had the [...]

September 9th, 2019|Archaeology|

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum closed due to Mandatory Evacation Order

St. Johns County to Open Evacuation Shelters and Issue Mandatory Evacuation for Zones A and B St. Johns County, Fl – Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Dorian, St. Johns County has issued mandatory evacuation orders effective for 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property [...]

September 1st, 2019|Miscellaneous|

Sept. 4: New Ghost Hunters episode at the St. Augustine Lighthouse airs on A&E

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – They’re back! Attention Ghost Hunter fans: Third time’s a charm! The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 on A&E in a new episode of Ghost Hunters called “Return to St. Augustine.” Prior to 2019, the original Ghost Hunters (TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society), filmed at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in 2006 and 2008. From the A&E website: [...]

August 27th, 2019|In the News|
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