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National Lighthouse Day celebrated August 7 at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2019-08-05T15:26:56-04:00August 5th, 2019|

Alexander Hamilton was first Supervisor of all U.S. lighthouses Long before the days of GPS, lighthouses played an integral role in keeping sailors safe on the water. There was no Siri to tell them where to go, so they simply had to fully rely on their wits … and lighthouses. The first St. Augustine Lighthouse, called the Spanish Watchtower, which become Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. This tower fell into the ocean in 1880, six [...]

229th US Coast Guard Birthday celebrated Aug. 4, 2019

2019-08-02T12:44:09-04:00August 2nd, 2019|

Established on August 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has kept the nation’s waterways safe, playing a critical role in national security. Every year, August 4 is celebrated as the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, commemorating the military organization for its valor and discipline. Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Revenue Marine — which later became the U.S. Coast Guard. A US Coast Guard retired fog bell in front of the 1876 [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse nominated as Best Haunted Destination by USA Today’s 10Best

2019-07-30T11:13:38-04:00July 30th, 2019|

Voting open through August 26 The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum was nominated as Best Haunted Destination 2019 by USA Today’s 10Best website. Voting opened on July 29 and continues through Aug. 26 at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-haunted-destination-2019/ From the story: “The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with their own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. Vote once per day for your favorite haunted destination until voting ends on Monday, August 26 at noon eastern time. The [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum selected as beneficiary of Winn Dixie Community Bag Program

2019-07-02T13:39:39-04:00July 2nd, 2019|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum celebrates selection as a Winn Dixie Community Bag Program Beneficiary in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. The nonprofit Museum has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of July 2019. The Winn Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live [...]

St. Augustine Brewers Festival donates $9,400 to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2019-06-21T12:18:54-04:00June 21st, 2019|

Organizers of the inaugural St. Augustine Brewers’ Festival presented a donation of $9,421.27 to the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. The event was held on Saturday, May 11 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.  In addition to the donation to the lighthouse, Brewers’ Fest organizers also donated $1,000 to Keepers of the Coast, which provided a water refill station during the event. “We are thrilled to be selected as a beneficiary of [...]

June 6, 2019: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

2019-05-28T09:45:29-04:00May 28th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on Thursday, June 6, 2019 with special programs honoring our military. The ongoing programming will take place from 10 AM to 6 PM, with free admission for veterans and active U.S. military on this day. The Museum will display “Field of Honor” signs on the front lawn of the Keepers’ House honoring friends and loved ones who [...]

Museum will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

2019-05-17T13:10:14-04:00May 17th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS ST. AUGUSTINE, FL  – The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum welcomes Cultural Heritage team from Spain

2019-04-26T14:44:29-04:00April 26th, 2019|

From left: John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager; Manuel de la Cruz, Edriel Intelligence; Carlos Leon Amores, General Subdirectorate of Historical Heritage of the Ministry of Culture for the Nation of Spain; Kathy Fleming, Executive Director of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum; Francisco Sanchez-Guitard, Edriel Intelligence and member of a Spanish boat building family; Leanna Freeman, Vice Mayor City of St. Augustine; John Valdes, City Commissioner, City of St. Augustine; Irving Kass, Owner of [...]

NEW Keeper Tours & Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum!

2019-03-28T15:46:12-04:00March 28th, 2019|

Guests to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum can now learn even more about the maritime history of our area. New Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos reveal stories about daily life of a St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper, how sailors navigated the seas before GPS, and how our Lighthouse Archaeologists discover artifacts underwater on shipwrecks – along with other maritime topics during these interactive and fun experiences. St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper Jason Smith stands on the [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum awarded $15K grant from Volunteer Florida

2018-10-25T15:55:02-04:00October 25th, 2018|

Volunteer student interns help at summer camp each year at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. This photo is from a 2018 summer camp activity. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will receive a $15,000 grant from Volunteer Florida. The Tallahassee-based organization announced this week that it is awarding $360,000 in Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant funding to 24 nonprofit and service organizations throughout the state. Each organization will receive a $15,000 grant, [...]

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