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November 11, 2017

FLORIDA - Storm Wreck, a 1782 St. Augustine shipwreck, added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Friday, November 3rd, Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner announced three Florida resources on the National Register of Historic Places.  Amongst the three was Storm Wreck, a wrecked British Loyalist ship from 1782 discovered by St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) archaeologists in 2009.  The site now joins only a handful of other inaccessible offshore wrecks given this designation of distinction due to the level of its historical significance.

In a press release from the State of Florida on Friday, Secretary Detzner says, “I am pleased to announce the designation of these three resources on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Michigan Avenue Bridge is one of the last bobtail swing span bridges in our state, and Oaklawn Cemetery, the first public cemetery in Tampa, has been a consistent presence in the city’s history. The Storm Wreck, a mile off the shore of St. Augustine, dates back to the American Revolution. These resources demonstrate the wide variety of historic sites throughout Florida.”

October 3, 2017

FLORIDA - Unique research, conservation and visitor lab space opens at St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Museum opens new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center as part of the progress of the Maritime Heritage Park

Lisa Olschewske Photography

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Thursday, September 28th the Museum celebrated a project twenty years in the making with the opening of a new building that houses an education and exhibit space as well as conservation labs, research library, an x-ray room and offices.  Over one hundred people including elected officials, the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Museum members and longtime supporters attended the celebration.   

“I began working on the restoration of the Keepers’ House through my involvement in the Junior Service League in the early ‘80s so it is truly a dream come true to see the archaeology and education center open,” said Judy Burnett Albright, a longtime volunteer, board member and now Trustee Emeritus. “Here, we are saving history, teaching children and providing new opportunities to locals and visitors to learn about our shared connection to the ocean all while we keep the light shining.  I couldn't be prouder to be a small part of this exciting project that is making a difference in our community!”

August 15, 2017

FLORIDA - Lighthouse will be a beacon for international connections as local HAM radio enthusiasts make the museum their home base for the weekend

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th, The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will host the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.  This weekend is dedicated to a shared international interest in opening up lighthouses to the public all over the world in order to show their continued importance and necessity in modern navigation.  While visitors are on site they are able to participate in and listen to the amateur radio operators from SAARS contacting other lighthouses around the world. 

“We made forty contacts the last time,” said Herman Green, Secretary of SAARS. “Over the years, we’ve connected with around 500 lighthouses.  We see it as a very important and worthwhile endeavor because the public can see what we do and get an idea of how lighthouses and ships have historically communicated with each other.  We also hope to highlight how radio is helpful still today as a tool for emergency services when there is a disaster.”

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