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March 2012 Archives

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March 28, 2012

Congratulations to Kathy Fleming, Newest Member of the Florida Historical Commission!

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts

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Congratulations to Kathy Fleming, the Executive Director of the First Light Maritime Society, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, and LAMP, for her appointment by Florida's Governor to serve on the Florida Historical Commission! This is a great honor, and great news for maritime heritage fans in Florida. Way to go Kathy!

March 23, 2012

3/23/2012 Museum Gala: Legado

Posted by: Chuck Meide in Events, LAMP Events, LAMPosts

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What: Legado, a Gala celebrating our Spanish-American maritime heritage
Where: St. Johns County Visitor's Center, 10 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
When: Friday, March 23, 2012, 6:30-10:30 pm
Dress: Black tie, or period costume
Highlights: Live music and dancing, with a performance by Museo Interactivo from Malaga, Spain; Silent Auction; Vignettes performed from the historical drama "Madness of King George"

For more information and ticket sales click here

All proceeds from this event go towards the work of the First Light Maritime Society, including continued LAMP archaeological research.

March 22, 2012

3/22/2012 Chalupa Keel Laying at Fountain of Youth

Posted by: Chuck Meide in Events, In the News, LAMP Boatworks, LAMP Events, LAMPosts

On Thursday, 22 March, an event was held at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, north of the Lighthouse on the mainland in St. Augustine. It was a celebration of the start of a new boat construction project. LAMP is supporting this project by providing our partners at the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation and the Fountain of Youth with data from our archaeological and historical research into the traditional Spanish boat known as a Chalupa. Many of the volunteer boatbuilders from LAMP Boatworks will be participating in the project, and several of them along with LAMP's Dr. Sam Turner are spearheading the project.

The program was a great success and you can read more about it in the St. Augustine Record.

March 21, 2012

3/21/2012 Lecture: The Minorcan Experience in New Smyrna

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Events, LAMPosts

What: Crossroads of Exchange Lecture Series, "The Minorcan Experience in New Smyrna,"
Who: Dr. Roger Clark Smith, historian and LAMP Research Associate
Where: Anastasia Gallery, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 7:00 pm

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3/21/2012 Lecture: Search for the Jefferson Davis Documentary

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What: Lecture, "Search for the Jefferson Davis Documentary"
Who: Joe Zarzynski, archaeologist and filmmaker, and Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Where: Ponte Vedra Public Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, Phone:(904)827-6950
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 6:30 pm

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March 17, 2012

3/17/2012 Festival: 20th Annual Lighthouse Festival

Posted by: Chuck Meide in Events, In the News, LAMP Events, LAMPosts

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What: 20th Annual Lighthouse Festival
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse
Highlights: Free admission, food, drink, pony rides, bouncy house, live entertainment, archaeology tables with artifact displays, boatbuilding and other crafts for kids, 5K run, and more!

March 9, 2012

LAMP Monitors Beach Dredging and Dredging Awareness

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMPosts, Shipping News


The saga of our 450 year old shipping channel continues as dredging of the St. Augustine Inlet began last week. In an effort to both maintain safe bathymetry (enough deep water) and a big, wide beach, sand is pumped from the bottom of the inlet and onto St. Augustine Beach. LAMP is helping to guard our maritime history and ensure we don't lose anything to this important project.

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March 8, 2012

3/8/2012 Lecture: Maritime Archaeology at Achill Island, Ireland

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Events, LAMPosts

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What: Beyond Our Backyard: Archaeology Around the World Lecture Series, "Maritime Archaeology at Achill Island, Ireland"
Who: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Where: Bowden Building, downtown Pensacola
When: Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 7:00 pm Central Time

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