St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Press Page
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Newsworthy discoveries and events unfold at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum every week. From the ancient shipwreck artifacts recovered by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) to the preservation and education programs at the museum, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has a unique perspective on history you can't find anywhere else.
For all media inquiries, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Shannon O'Neil via phone (904) 829-0745 or email soneil[at]staugustinelighthouse.org.
To find out more about the history of the lighthouse, LAMP research, summer camp programs and the lighthouse's executive director, Kathy A. Fleming, download a PDF copy of our media kit.
Latest Press Releases
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Hosts Annual Night Fest on Saturday
Continuing the long partnership between the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the lighthouse will host its annual Night Fest celebration on Saturday, March 1st, in conjunction with the JSL’s Lighthouse 5K and Fun Run. From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the lighthouse grounds will be open free to the public with fun kids’ activities, refreshments and entertainment.
“We love working with the JSL on this great community event,” said Kathy A. Fleming, executive director of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. “Night Fest is a celebration of the lighthouse’s history and legacy that the whole family can really enjoy.”
Lighthouse Archaeologists Investigate Ponte Vedra Shipwreck
Archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum braved cold winds and crashing waves on Thursday, Jan. 2nd, to research a piece of history submerged in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., shoreline. A shipwreck measuring more than 80 feet long was revealed at low tide on New Year’s Day.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this wreck,” said Chuck Meide, Director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). “We were out here in 2008 when we first discovered it, but this is probably the most exposed we’ve seen the wreck so we were able to do more mapping and measurements than before.”
The ship’s composite construction of wood and iron dates the vessel’s origins from the 1860s to the early 20th century, but determining the wreck’s identity has been a little more difficult. After their first look at the wreck in 2008, LAMP put together a list of ten wrecks recorded in the Ponte Vedra Beach area between 1866 and 1974. They were not able to narrow the list down at the time, but with the additional data gathered on Thursday, the picture is becoming a little clearer.