Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 70 – Dennis Tardiff, Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, Rhode Island

Pomham Rocks is a tiny island in the Providence River, about 800 feet from the east shore of the Riverside section of East Providence, Rhode Island. With increased shipping traffic heading toward Providence in the 1800s, Pomham Rocks was an obvious place to establish a navigational aid, and funds were appropriated in 1870. A wooden… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 70 – Dennis Tardiff, Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, Rhode Island

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – July 3, 2020

Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse (NY) opening for tours Visitors will be able to tour the West Pierhead Lighthouse each Friday and Saturday through July and August. The H. Lee White Maritime Museum will offer a ferry service across the Oswego Harbor to the Lighthouse each Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m., visitors will be… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – July 3, 2020

Light Hearted

Light Hearted redux – Episode 6, Anne E. Witsenburg, California Lighthouse in Aruba; history of Kõpu Lighthouse, Estonia

Episode 6 of Light Hearted was originally released on June 20, 2019. In a history segment, hosts Jeremy D’Entremont and Cindy Johnson discussed the Kõpu Lighthouse on the Estonian Island of Hiiumaa, originally built in 1531. It’s the third oldest operating lighthouse in the world. The featured interview is with Anne E. Witsenburg of MonumentsFund… Continue reading Light Hearted redux – Episode 6, Anne E. Witsenburg, California Lighthouse in Aruba; history of Kõpu Lighthouse, Estonia

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Light Hearted ep 69 – Ralph Krugler, Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, pt 2 of 2

This is part two of a two-part interview with Ralph Krugler, historian for the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society. Ralph is not only one of the most knowledgeable people about Florida lighthouses, but he also has been helping with the ongoing creation of the J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Hillsboro… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 69 – Ralph Krugler, Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, pt 2 of 2

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas #1: The Men Who Ran The Lighthouse Service

My name is Josh Liller. Since 2014, I have been the Historian and Collections Manager for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, operated by the non-profit Loxahatchee River Historical Society. A decade ago I had never visited a lighthouse in my entire life, but I’ve rapidly learned to love lighthouses and their history. You may… Continue reading Bright Ideas #1: The Men Who Ran The Lighthouse Service

History Videos

USLHS Historian Video #10 – Women Who Kept the Lights: In Their Own Words

From 1776 to the present day, more than 140 women have served as keepers of American lighthouses. Today, the only official keeper in the United States still employed by the U.S. Coast Guard is Sally Snowman at Boston Light Station. In addition to women light keepers, there were many assistant keepers and also countless wives… Continue reading USLHS Historian Video #10 – Women Who Kept the Lights: In Their Own Words

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 68 – Ralph Krugler, Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, pt 1 of 2

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton on the southeast coast of Florida, marking the northern limit of the Florida Reef, the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world. The skeletal lighthouse was constructed in 1907, with a second-order Fresnel lens. The Fresnel lens was taken out of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 68 – Ralph Krugler, Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, pt 1 of 2

Light Hearted

Light Hearted redux – Special edition, Eric S. Martin of the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation

This Special Edition of Light Hearted was originally posted on June 11, 2019. The entire show is an interview with Eric S. Martin, who is president of the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation and a board member of the Florida Lighthouse Association. The conversation ranges from the history of the Florida Reef lights and the difficulties involved… Continue reading Light Hearted redux – Special edition, Eric S. Martin of the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation

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Light Hearted ep 67 – Cyndy Carney, Friends of Seguin Island Light Station, Maine

The lighthouse on Maine’s Seguin Island was approved by President George Washington in May 1793. The tower had to be rebuilt in 1819, and then again in 1857. Also in 1857, a new nine-foot-tall first-order Fresnel lens was installed, and that lens remains in operation today. Over a period of 31 years, the station was… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 67 – Cyndy Carney, Friends of Seguin Island Light Station, Maine