A collection of blogs and musings from the people that work at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - Florida's Finest Lightstation.


April 9, 2013

LAMP and UNF Partner in Historic Shipbuilding Class

Posted by: Brendan Burke

Almost there! Class participants (minus one student) show off their progress.

This spring LAMP has partnered with the University of North Florida to teach a class called The History of Shipbuilding. LAMP's Sam Turner teaches the Tuesday lecture and Brendan Burke teaches a Thursday lab. In the class students are learning about vessel construction from the times of the ancient Phoenicians to our nuclear navy. On Thursdays the students meet in the lab and have been working to learn how to properly construct a ship's half model. The process of learning how to build a half model is an invaluable part of learning how vessels are designed and how the complex lines of a boat interact with water, gravity, and motion. A secondary part of the class is learning to use some basic hand tools that require the user to go slowly and think about the pending accomplishment. As we are about to wrap up the class I thought I'd offer some commentary on how it has progressed.

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April 19, 2012

5/5/2012 Lecture: The Caribbean World of Juan Ponce de León and His Discovery of Florida

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner


What: Lecture: "The Caribbean World of Juan Ponce de León and His Discovery of Florida"

Where: Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center
When: Saturday May 5, 2012 10:00 - 11:00AM


Where: The Gallery, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Saturday May 5, 2012 1:00 - 2:00PM

Who: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP

This is one of a number of lectures sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and organized by Flagler College as part of the Viva Florida 500 commemoration. The series runs in various locations in St. Augustine May 3 -6, 2012. More information on these events can be seen here, but please note the place and time of Dr. Turner's lectures are mistakenly transposed at the linked webpage; the correct times and places are as listed above.

January 7, 2011

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

Posted by: Beau Phillips

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

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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November 3, 2010

Job Announcement: Director of Education

Posted by: Chuck Meide

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum (SALH) is seeking to fill the position of Director of Education. The ideal applicant will have experience in public archaeology and museum education, and will work with SALH staff and the Lighthouse's research institution, LAMP, to develop, manage, and implement educational programming based on ongoing maritime and archaeological research.

The position description, qualifications, requirements, and other pertinent information is posted below.

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October 9, 2009

10/09/2009 Special Program: Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp

Posted by: Chuck Meide


Event: Special Tour of LAMP and the Lighthouse for Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp
When: Friday, October 9th, 2009, at 9:30 to 4:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This private event is open to participants in the Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp program

This was a great group and everyone seemed to find their visit enjoyable and educational. The participants got a personalized tour of LAMP's facilities, a tasty home-made box lunch from the Keeper's Cafe, a ride on our research vessel, and an opportunity to explore the museum and Lighthouse. They even got a chance to get their hands dirty and helped us sort through archaeological material recovered by dredges on our shipwreck site this summer. Thanks everyone!

October 7, 2009

10/07/09 Home School Days Program: "Shipwreck Discovery"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Home School Days Presentation Title: "Shipwreck Discovery"
Speaker: Education Department and LAMP staff
When: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This activity, which addresses Sunshine Standards and is appropriate for ages 2-17, is part of our Home School Days program. If you are a home schooler and are interested in participating in this or other home school programs at the Lighthouse, please call Director of Education Chris Kastle at 904-829-0745.

Wednesday's Home School program will consist of three individual activities at pre-arranged stations. Station Two will consist of "Basics of Underwater Archeology," in which LAMP archaeologists will demonstrate the use of a variety of equipment used by underwater archeologists, discuss what it is exactly that underwater archeologists do, and will also talk about current LAMP projects. Click here to learn more about the October 7th Home School Days Shipwreck Discovery Program, including a brief discussion of all three stations.

August 18, 2009

Sea, Shore, Shrimp and Slime: Summer Camp 2009

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We are finished with summer camp for this year, but we had a great time! All of the activities gave the campers a chance to investigate the maritime heritage and culture of St Augustine. Over the 6 weeks, campers identified a host of marine animals and plants on walks to Salt Run and through the marine hammock including hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, oysters, clams, periwinkles, a flounder, a yellow tail tuna, dolphins, turtles, gulls, heron, mangroves, red bay trees, beauty berries, poison oak…and even a live whelk without its shell! They hauled sail aboard the schooner Freedom and cruised comfortably aboard the Victory III where they got to see the coast from a different perspective. During “Shrimping and Fishing” they tried their luck fishing with cane poles and learned the basics of sailing. During “Marine Ecology” they studied plants and animals found in our coastal environment and did a beach clean up in an effort to help preserve the fragile habitats. During “Historic Foodways” they learned to understand what it was like to travel across the ocean, arrive in a new place, look for food and adapt our customary tastes. They visited the exhibits in the keeper’s house and climbed the lighthouse more than once.


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July 31, 2009

Summer Camp: 6th Week - Historic Foodways, Ages 6-12

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The campers found a whole host of critters on the beach included something very rare – a whelk without a shell! They also enjoyed Michael D. Adams doing a portrayal of botanist William Bartram. The final performance was quite spectacular as this group was really enthusiastic and interested in augmenting the songs with dance and movement.



Try to imagine the choreography to the following songs that they wrote:

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July 24, 2009

Summer Camp: 5th Week - Historic Foodways, Historic Foodways, Ages 6-9

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Campers experienced what it may have been like to arrive at the St. Augustine shore and look for food in order to survive. They learned about how people from difference cultures interacted with the coastal environment. They made butter and tried hard tack. They also drank swanky (a mixture of molasses ginger vinegar water used by sailors). Here are their songs:

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July 17, 2009

Summer Camp: 4TH Week - Marine Ecology, Ages 10-12

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The campers collected a bag of trash at the beach making it a better habitat for all. They also got a chance to see what it was like to get caught in the “doldrums” on a very hot day with no
winds while out on the schooner.



See what they wrote about their adventures and tribulations:

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July 10, 2009

Summer Camp: 3rd Week - Marine Ecology, Ages 6-9

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The campers identified many coastal plants and animals at Salt Run and in the marine hammock. They enjoyed playing several games of ocean bingo and got a chance to help sustain our coastal environment by doing a beach clean up – they got 2 huge bags of trash! The kids did a particularly spirited and enthusiastic performance on Friday. And, somehow, they all became “Bob” for a day.




Their songs follow:

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June 19, 2009

Summer Camp:1st Week – Shrimping and Fishing, Ages 6-9

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The 28, 6-9 year old campers here for “Shrimping and Fishing” had a great time. Jonas caught a beautiful yellow fin snapper his first time fishing. Everybody climbed the lighthouse, some for the first time. During their field trip aboard the Victory III, they saw many dolphins. Overall, their 3 favorite activities during the week were fishing, climbing the lighthouse, and the music. Here are the songs that they wrote about their experiences:



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Summer Camp: 2nd Week – Shrimping and Fishing, Ages 10-12

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The campers caught 3 fish and we especially excited about learning the basics of sailing. On Wednesday, they got to test their newly learned skills aboard the schooner Freedom. The 10-12 year olds also engaged in several team- building activities. On Friday they shared their original songs with their friends and family during the final performance.



Here are their songs:

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February 19, 2008

Can You Help Grow our Community Service at the Lighthouse and LAMP?

Posted by: Kathy Fleming

The Lighthouse would love to have you as a member of our Founding Lights Family. You can make a difference.

It takes a great many of us working together to keep the Light Station strong. It takes all our support to keep the lighthouse preserve and programs going.

Today, we are about $25,000 short of having $350,000 dollars in our small, but growing endowment fund. Why is $350,000 the magic number? Well, when we hit $350,000, then we can apply for another $250,000 from the State of Florida. And that will help us a great deal. It makes us more secure, more stable in a world where changes happen and surprises hit us with new things to repair. It makes us more able to continue wonderful community services like those so many enjoy.

Our Founding Lights Campaign helps preserve and keep alive our story for generations. Fifty percent of every Founding Lights pledge becomes part of the endowment. This money is not ever spent, but and stablity and generates interest that supports programs and our restoration efforts. The remaining funds are put to good use right away.

Won't you help protect the lighthouse? Won't you help save our maritime heritage?

Please join us as a Founding Light!

The Levels Founding Lights: $1,000 per year for five years - Leadership level Legacy Circle: $500 per year for five years - Recognition in a special annual ceremony here and up. Heritage Club: $250 per year for five years Guardians: $100 per year for five years
Find a Pledge Form at this link: http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/foundinglights.php.

Or call us here at the Lighthouse 904 829-0745.

Kathy Fleming
Executive Director

December 5, 2007

Slide Show From the Far Past to the Recent Past

Posted by: Kathy Fleming