Discoveries at the Barracks

2018-03-21T16:11:54-04:00March 21st, 2018|

The World War II-era United States Coast Guard (USCG) structure on site is currently being restored after serving as office space for many years at the Museum. The structure was constructed after the US entered into World War II. Before December 1941, the US military was in various stages of mobilization that included increasing military personnel, munitions and equipment. The official telegram that head keeper Daniels received, which initiated a military mobilization plan that [...]

American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

2017-02-01T08:00:34-05:00February 1st, 2017|

Last year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum sent in an application to become an accredited museum with the American Alliance of Museums. Our Museum is working toward accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums. The AAM has brought museums together for over a hundred years. They have assisted with the development of standards and best practices, gathering and sharing of knowledge, as well as been a catalyst for museum advocacy. Being [...]

What’s in a Collection? A Comical Chain Letter

2016-11-02T08:00:52-04:00November 2nd, 2016|

Send this to 20 friends and the Lighthouse will get a pony for every share… We have all gotten those emails asking us to “continue the chain.” Written inside is a funny story that, if shared, will bring you luck, love, or money. However, if you break the chain you will be met with opposite results.  You might lose a shoe or your crush will never speak to you again. Though for the vast majority of [...]

What’s In a Collection? Fact or Fiction Night

2016-08-03T08:00:42-04:00August 3rd, 2016|

Each month we have a special event for our members. Last month was Fact or Fiction, where we provided two stories for each object brought from the collections storage. It was up to the members to decide which story was the correct one. Many of these objects might not see the inside of an exhibit space and to have the opportunity to highlight them is fun for us. We thought that since not everyone could [...]

What’s in a Collection? Sailmaker’s Palm

2016-07-06T08:00:13-04:00July 6th, 2016|

Our artifact highlight this month is an interesting example of some of our maritime heritage collection.  This object is referred to by several names such as a sailmaker’s palm, sewing palm or sailors palm thimble.  The multiple names are probably a reflection of the diverse audience that would actually use one. Sailmaker’s palm is associated with the art of sail making.  This tool was important for sewing through tough material like leather and multiple layers [...]

What’s in a Collection? Bathing Suit

2016-06-08T08:00:12-04:00June 8th, 2016|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum houses a large collection that ranges from ship building tools to Fresnel Lenses. Hidden among these objects on a high shelf in a box is a pink, wool bathing suit. This iconic piece of woman’s history was designed by the Rugby Company and dates back to the 1930s. The wool swimsuit, called a tank suit, has a scoop neck, low cut bib that has blue stars, and an [...]

What’s in a Collection? Tobacco Card

2016-03-09T08:00:19-05:00March 9th, 2016|

As a youth and avid collector of sports cards when you heard the words tobacco cards it was pretty exciting.  As a kid they were considered old and rarely seen as a lad in the Midwest.  These trading cards were from the turn of the century and featured some of the most famous sport figures at the time like Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Jack Johnson.  However, tobacco cards or trading cards were not just [...]

What’s In a Collection? Snake Bite Kit

2015-10-07T08:00:06-04:00October 7th, 2015|

In this new monthly blog series, members of our collections team will highlight some of the unique pieces that our museum is preserving and protecting outside of our regular exhibitions. Hidden in the collection of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a very interesting piece from the George Fischer Collection. Mr. Fischer, a professor at Florida State University, was a pioneer in the field of American Underwater Archaeology. He has worked for the National [...]