World War II

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Conservators Puzzle a Concrete Mystery

2016-11-23T08:00:32-05:00November 23rd, 2016|

While waiting for the new conservation building to begin construction, the staff has been cleaning up around the old and new work sites. In the process, Starr found something pretty interesting. She was sweeping up in front of the World War 2 era garage and noticed a number of markings in the concrete. The markings are all last names and dates they were written in the concrete. So far we can read: Muller, Warren, French [...]

Lighthouse History 1934-1954

2015-05-19T08:00:04-04:00May 19th, 2015|

This sixth installment in our ongoing series on the history of the St. Augustine Lighthouse focuses on the changeover from the oil lantern to an electric lantern and the experience of the lighthouse and keepers during World War II. Click the links below to read previous posts in the series: Lighthouse History Pre-1874 Lighthouse History 1874-1894 (Part I) Lighthouse History 1874-1894 (Part II) Lighthouse History 1894-1914 Lighthouse History 1914-1934 1934-1954 The introduction of electricity in [...]