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January 2011 Archives

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January 28, 2011

LAMP Boatworks Plays Hookey

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMP Boatworks, LAMP Events, LAMPosts, Shipping News

LAMP Boatworks, enjoying a day sail.

Volunteer boatbuilders from the LAMP Boatworks enjoyed a 'thank you' cruise aboard Privateer Lynx this past Thursday, the 28th of January. The Lynx Eduational Foundation offered space on the cruise for our Boatworks volunteers as an act of appreciation for their efforts to revitalize the ship's stern boat. Lynx has now departed St. Augustine and will be reopening for tours in downtown Jacksonville on February 15. We wish her well!

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January 24, 2011

Ship's bell unveiling in the news

From the St. Augustine Record:

As a large crowd of people peeked around one another Sunday to watch the event happening about 20 yards beyond her, Marie Valdes stared almost straight up at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, following her 2-year-old grandson, Desmond in pointing at its beacon.

About 150 people eagerly watched Lighthouse Archeological Maritime Program Archeological Conservator Starr Cox carefully chip crustations and debris from the bronze bell of a ship sunk a few miles off the St. Augustine Inlet more than two centuries ago. The bell was lifted from a water-filled crate in which it had been kept untouched since December.

Sought was an inscription the lighthouse staff hopes will help identify the ship discovered in the summer of 2009. Excavation began last summer.

The story was also carried by Jacksonville's paper, the Florida Times-Union.

January 20, 2011

LAMP Boatworks Celebrates a New Launch!


For the past several months volunteers at the LAMP Boatworks have been diligently working on the building of our eight hull, a boat type called the ‘Susan’. Designed by Robert M. Steward in the 1950s, this classic little boat got her feet wet this morning at the hands of the lead builders, Richard Sexauer and Steve McMullen .

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01/20/2011 Lecture: Shipwreck Archaeology off the Nation's Oldest Port (Juno Beach, FL)

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Events, LAMPosts


What: Lecture, part of the LRHS History Lecture Series
Who: Chuck Meide, Director of LAMP
When: Thursday, January 20th, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Juno Beach Town Center Council Chambers, 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach, FL
Sponsored by: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Town of Juno Beach, Florida Humanities Council

Free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling 561-747-8380 x101.

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January 7, 2011

FOR EDUCATORS: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Presents: "Teaching and Learning with Objects"

Posted by: Beau Phillips in Education

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will host Dr. Sharon Shaffer, Executive Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, for a two day educator training seminar entitled “Teaching and Learning with Objects” on January 25 & 26.


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January 4, 2011

Nation's Oldest Port Summer Camp 2011

Posted by: Beau Phillips in Education

Nation’s Oldest Port
Summer Camp 2011

Age focused!
Each session will be devoted to only
one age group for a more focused and
enriching experience.

6 Weeks - 3 Different Camps!
9am-3 pm Daily
In Search of. . .
Secrets of Underwater Archaeology
Tales From the Deep

In Search of. . .
Explore the watery world of ships and why they wreck. From stars to charts, campers will learn what it takes to navigate waterways – but look out for the sandbar!

Secrets of Underwater Archaeology
What’s it like to be an underwater archaeologist? Campers will learn the process of finding shipwrecks and artifacts, and what happens after they’re found!

Tales from the Deep
Discover the science behind the story. . . Learn about artifact preservation and conservation, and how archaeologists and museums work together to tell the tale! Campers will create their own exhibit to show what they have learned!

Sign Up as A Member for Discounts!
A $50 family membership will save
you $25 per camp plus free admission
to the museum and invitations to
special events for an entire year.

All camping sessions include arts and crafts, creative writing, science and technology, an offsite excursion, games, lunch, snacks, and of course,
climbing the Lighthouse.

Limited before and after care is available.

Member registration starts April 18, 2011
Open registration starts April 25, 2011

To register contact:

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Education Dept.

Ask us how to qualify for scholarships made available
through the Steve Senecal Scholarship Fund,
in partnership with Sertoma of St. Augustine
and other partners.

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