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March 31, 2008

04/15/08 Public Meeting for National Maritime Heritage Area

National Maritime Heritage Area Workshop


Please join us for a National Heritage Area Feasibility Workshop
(Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm
GTM NERR Environmental Education Center
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32080

RSVP requested by April 11, 2008
Contact Pam Troll at 904-829-0745, ext 224 or

March 27, 2008

The 2008 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology


As Florida Archaeology Month (March) draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on LAMP's biggest public archaeology event, the annual Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology. We sponsored, along with the Lighthouse, the GTM Research Reserve, FPAN, and a number of other supporters, this Symposium for the first time last year. As successful as that inaugural effort was, this year's meeting--from March 12th to the 15th--was even greater!

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March 19, 2008

Good Times

Posted by: Beau Phillips in Barely Legible

In case you missed it, here is the 16th Annual Lighthouse Festival in pictures. Press the speaker button at the bottom to hear a little music while you check out the action.

March 12, 2008

03/12-15/08 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Events


What: 2008 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology
When: 12 to 15 March 2008
Where: St. Augustine, Florida, at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR) Education Center, also at the St. Augustine Lighthouse on 15 March
Click here to visit the 2008 Symposium webpage, with more info including full program

The Symposium includes three days of presentations at the GTM-NERR Education Center by invited speakers covering a host of topics including prehistoric underwater archaeology, conservation of artifacts from underwater sites, the archaeology of shipwreck sites in Florida and around the world, management of submerged cultural resources, and graduate student archaeological research projects. The final day of the Symposium coincides with the St. Augustine Lighthouse's Maritime Festival, a family-oriented event held at the Lighthouse and expected to draw thousands for a day of fun, food, music, maritime-oriented games and activities, and three encore presentations.

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March 6, 2008

Boat Launch a Yo Ho Ho Success!

Last Friday night was a wonderful Boat Launch Event, as we launched the Bevin Skiff now christened the William A. Harn, after Lighthouse Keeper William Harn, a man who was at Ft. Sumter as member of the Union army when it was fired upon. This small skiff, designed in New England was perfect for Harn, whose family might have kept such a craft for bringing in supplies from Steam boats named Fern and Armeria, when they docked on what is now Salt Run. This boat is the first finished product of our recently established traditional boatbuilding program, LAMP Boatworks.

UPDATED! More pictures and video below the fold . . .

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March 5, 2008

03/06/08 Lecture: Maritime Archaeology in Portarlington, Australia


The first of the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project lecture series for 2008 will take place at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum on Thursday, March 6, at 6 pm. LAMP Director of Archaeology Dr. Sam Turner will present a slideshow lecture titled "Maritime Archaeology in Portarlington, Australia."

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Details from 1855


Digging through the online archives of the Library of Congress, I recently came across a panorama of St. Augustine completed in 1855. After close review, there are some interesting details I thought I'd share with the blog community.

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