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.
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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Hosts Annual Luminary Night (Dec. 4th)
Awash in the glow of flickering candles, St. Augustine community members will enjoy a warm evening of Christmas cheer at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s annual Luminary Night celebration.
Scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4th, this year’s event, which is free and open to the public, will feature live music, a bake sale, kids’ crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and over 1,000 luminaries to illuminate the historic light station grounds. Guests are invited to tour the site, partake in the holiday festivities and climb the tower from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“This is one of our favorite events of the entire year,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. “We’re so appreciative of the community’s support for our nonprofit and this is just one small way we can give back by throwing a fun, family-friendly Christmas gathering for the whole town.”
New Partnership Provides Summer Camp Opportunities for St. Johns County Students (Nov. 12th)
Students in St. Johns County will soon have new opportunities to participate in fun, educational summer camp programs thanks to a partnership between the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum (SAL&M) and The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF). The two 501(c)3 nonprofits have joined forces to expand their annual summer camp programs and offer more scholarship opportunities for St. Johns County children, including the at-risk and homeless student populations.
The partnership brings the SAL&M’s expertise in the fields of history, archaeology, historic preservation and science together with SJCEF’s reputation as a leader in supporting teachers and providing all students opportunities to gain advanced skills and knowledge mandated by the global economy.
Shrimp Boat City Book Release (Nov. 7th)
In the glassy reflection of the San Sebastian River, whispers of a legacy are all that’s left of a bygone era in St. Augustine, Fla., industry and innovation. But for longtime residents like Ed Long and maritime historians like Brendan Burke, the waters hold a story worth telling.
In the new book, Shrimp Boat City, Long and Burke capture a century’s worth of commercial shrimping and boat building on the First Coast. Through a chronological narrative and a collection of photos preserved by Long, a former shrimp boat captain and DESCO employee, the book brings to life a worldwide commercial industry built by local hardworking families.
Copies of the book are available in the Visitor's Center gift shop or online.