Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 62 – Elaine Jones, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Maine; Russ Katje, hall of fame Lighthouse Passport Program collector

On March 3, 1821, Congress appropriated $10,500 for three lighthouses on the Maine coast, one of them on five-acre Burnt Island at the west side of the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. In 1988, the station was automated and destaffed. A decade later, Burnt Island Light Station was transferred to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Elaine Jones, education director for the department since 1991, was named the director of the facility.

Elaine Jones painting Burnt Island Lighthouse (courtesy of Elaine Jones)
Burnt Island in 2016; U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Scott Walbert

It was Elaine’s vision to transform the island into an educational and recreational facility for Maine‚Äôs residents and its visitors. She has been honored with a 2019 Keeper of the Light Award by the American Lighthouse Foundation and a 2016 Visionary Award by the by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Also interviewed in this episode is Russ Katje, a U.S. Lighthouse Society Hall of Fame Lighthouse Passport Program stamp collector.

Russ Katje with sons Jon and Chris at New Presque Isle Lighthouse, Michigan

Burnt Island Light Station

One thought on “Light Hearted ep 62 – Elaine Jones, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Maine; Russ Katje, hall of fame Lighthouse Passport Program collector

  1. I’m wondering if you can get an interview with Kraig Anderson. I can’t tell you how much I depend on the information he provides me with his Lighthouse Friends site. It is in my favorites and is used often while I prepare my lighthouse visits. It is an amazing resource.

    I would like to learn a little more about the man, beyond what was in The Keeper’s Log. How he got interested in lighthouses and their preservation. How and why he put together Lighthouse Friends. How and why he joined USLHS.

    I am also a fan of Jeremy and hope to see him again in Bar Harbor in October. I have listened to all of the “Light Hearted” podcasts and look forward to learning just a little more about lights in the US.

    Be well, and thank you for what you do.

    BJK

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