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

2020-04-20T13:38:02-04:00March 20th, 2020|

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 the household so that the [...]

Handcrafted wooden strip kayak offered through silent auction

2019-08-20T15:21:46-04:00August 20th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is offering a handcrafted wooden kayak to the community through a silent auction. Created by volunteers in Heritage Boatworks, the kayak is made from strips of red cedar, mahogany and cypress coated with fiberglass. Heritage Boatworks volunteers working on the strip kayak. This unique design features the St. Augustine Lighthouse spelled out in in Morse code which runs along one side, made from [...]

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 [...]

Summer Camp: If the Lighthouse Could Talk!

2019-03-12T10:36:30-04:00March 12th, 2019|

Registration open for 2019 summer camp at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Oh the stories that St. Augustine Lighthouse would tell if only it could talk! Registration is open for 2019 summer camps held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. See details below … Register online at staugustinelighthouse.org/education/Summer_Camp Completed K-4th grades Oh the stories the St. Augustine Lighthouse would tell if only it could talk! From the first watch towers to [...]

Minorcan cast net maker, Michael Usina, to be presented Florida Folk Heritage Award in April

2019-01-23T15:35:48-05:00January 23rd, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Michael Usina, St. Augustine native and Minorcan descendent, has been recognized recently by the state as a recipient of a 2019 Florida Folk Heritage Award. Michael Usina Usina celebrates his Minorcan heritage by crafting hand-made cast nets using techniques passed down by his ancestors who settled St. Augustine in the 18th century. Driven by a desire to promote Minorcan folk arts, Usina has shared this tradition in one-on-one apprenticeships, a documentary and [...]

Exhibit designer for Wrecked! wins Design Excellence Award  

2018-09-28T11:58:48-04:00September 28th, 2018|

The WRECKED! exhibit at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum won first place in the Education category from the American Society of Interior Designers. The nomination was submitted by Museum partners Peter and Sharon Exley of Architecture is Fun. With inspiration and guidance from Museum staff and volunteers, they designed an exhibit that combines art, interactive experiences and traditional museum displays. Highlights include a recreation of an undulating sea floor and “floating ships” in [...]

PHOTOS: Must-see views along the Maritime Hammock Trail

2018-07-23T13:53:32-04:00July 23rd, 2018|

MARITIME HAMMOCK STROLL! Here are some photos taken on Monday, July 23 on a stroll through the Maritime Hammock trails on the grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. We also offer a Scavenger Hunt for all ages! Search for creatures that live in this coastal habitat and learn about medicinal and historic uses of plants ...  

Find FUN items perfect for SUMMER in our gift shop

2018-07-03T10:25:02-04:00July 3rd, 2018|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum's GIFT SHOP is a fun place to visit for summer items, with family-friendly options for kids of all ages.  Whether you are visiting with children or shopping for relatives out of town, see our suggestions below! Shop online here or call a store associate at 904-829-0745. Our summer camp interns are busy reading Ghosts of St. Augustine by Tom Lapham and Breverton's Nautical Curiosities by Terry Breverton. [...]

Archaeologists + Dating = Success Through Collaboration

2018-02-21T14:48:12-05:00February 21st, 2018|

The past three months have been very busy for our Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) archaeologists. They have been analyzing artifacts discovered on the Museum property during last summer's construction of the new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center, as well as sites through St. Johns and Flagler Counties uncovered during the storms. Our analysis started by contacting Dr. Lee Newsom, a Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Dr. Newsom is an expert in examining preserved plant remains from [...]

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