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WWII Era Maintenance Garage Restoration

2017-04-05T08:30:50-04:00April 5th, 2017|

On April 5th, the World War II-era garage here on the light station was raised by professional house movers. As part of restoring and maintaining our historic campus, the building will be converted for use as WWII Coast Guard exhibit space and for the Museum’s café. For years, soil built up around the foundation, causing moisture and termite problems that almost completely destroyed the original structural fabric. In 2008, the Museum completed some internal work [...]

We’re Ready to Make a Difference in 2017!

2017-01-04T08:00:21-05:00January 4th, 2017|

The new year arrived with a burst of cold air (Florida winter last three whole days this year, it was tough, but we powered through!) and the promise of exciting things on the horizon. Construction has begun on our new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center! We’ve written before about our new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center, which is finally under construction, but we haven’t shared what this new facility will mean for us [...]

9 Frequently Asked Questions at the Top of the Lighthouse

2016-09-20T08:00:03-04:00September 20th, 2016|

When you visit us here at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, you will most likely climb to the top of our famous Lighthouse to enjoy the breathtaking views of our beautiful town. Tourists and locals alike all seem to have the same several questions they ask when they get to the top of the Lighthouse. 1. “What are those giant white tents?” We know what you’re thinking, no it’s not a circus or fair [...]

Making an Exhibit: Exclusive Sneak Peek!

2016-03-04T12:00:10-05:00March 4th, 2016|

What does it take to build a brand new museum exhibit? Over the next few months, we’re going to give you exclusive access behind the scenes as our team works together to create Wrecked! a new experience coming to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in May 2016. Read previous posts in the series: » “Boxes & Beginnings” » “Moving Ain’t Easy” » “New Reflections” Do you want to see something cool? Psst. Hey you! Yeah, you! Come close to the [...]

Making an Exhibit: New Reflections

2016-02-15T08:00:39-05:00February 15th, 2016|

What does it take to build a brand new museum exhibit? Over the next few months, we’re going to give you exclusive access behind the scenes as our team works together to create Wrecked! a new experience coming to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in May 2016. Read previous posts in the series: » “Boxes & Beginnings” » “Moving Ain’t Easy” “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden If [...]

Making of an Exhibit: Moving Ain’t Easy

2016-01-25T08:00:27-05:00January 25th, 2016|

What does it take to build a brand new museum exhibit? Over the next few months, we’re going to give you exclusive access behind the scenes as our team works together to createWrecked! a new experience coming to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in May 2016. » Read our first entry “Boxes & Beginnings” Fact: Cannons are really heavy Imagine this scenario: You have a delicate, 18th century cannon that ways a ton (literally, it [...]

13 Things You Learn on a Lighthouse Archaeology Boat

2015-08-20T08:00:42-04:00August 20th, 2015|

1. Dramamine is always a good idea. Better safe than sorry. If you are not used to being out on a boat for an entire day watching the horizon move up and down for 12 hours straight, then trust me, you will want to take some Dramamine. Even if your family owns a boat that you take out on a regular basis, you will still want to take it. You might be a little groggy [...]

Lightning and Lighthouses

2015-07-08T10:06:58-04:00July 8th, 2015|

Storm clouds loom ominously over the lighthouse; photo by author Floridians know our state experiences more lightning strikes than any other. Here at the lighthouse, this poses a safety concern. Although it is a myth that lightning ALWAYS strikes the tallest object, because of their height tall objects are much more likely to suffer a strike if lightning is in the area. Being one of the tallest objects in an area that sees [...]

LAMP Boatworks Update

2012-04-16T12:03:13-04:00April 16th, 2012|

The most recent project at the LAMP Boatworks. Foreground left is the Chaisson dory tender, a 17′ spritsail skiff to right, and a 1760s ship’s yawl in the background. A quick update, since I’ve been remiss in sending one for a while. I hope this finds you all in kindred spirits and enjoying this fine weather. Things around the boatworks have been heating up this spring and continue to simmer at a solid pace. [...]

Get behind the scenes…

2012-02-03T12:11:29-05:00February 3rd, 2012|

Jacksonville.com published a nice piece about our behind the scenes tours here at the Museum. If you haven't take one of the tours, they are well worth it. See how the museum works, how we are learning about our past from artifacts buried in the seafloor, and learn about the many things which go on behind the veil to keep our history alive and exciting. Even if you have visited the lighthouse before, or recently, [...]

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