The Chesapeake Chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization and an official chapter of the US Lighthouse Society.
The specific purposes of this organization is to:
a. Support the restoration and preservation of America’s lighthouses, by encouraging, supporting and assisting the efforts of individuals, preservation groups, public agencies and private corporations.
b. Publish a quarterly newsletter, Chesapeake Lights.
c. Sponsor occasional tours and forums to educate, inform and entertain people interested in lighthouse history.
d. Maintain an archive of materials pertaining to lighthouses and lightships of the core area to be defined as Maryland, Virginia, Fenwick Island and Lewes in Delaware and all of the Chesapeake Bay.
e. Implement programs and projects that serve to perpetuate the history of Lighthouses, lighthouse Keepers, Lightships and Lightship crew that served or are serving in the Chesapeake Bay core area.
Since this is a local chapter of the national organization, Chapter members are encouraged to join the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
Our newsletter, Chesapeake Lights, is published quarterly and includes reports of past and future Chapter activities, articles on area lights, member activities and profiles, and other items of interest to lighthouse enthusiasts. The Chapter maintains a modest archive of materials available for study, loan, and copying.
The Chapter started a volunteer program in 1997 to assist local organizations in the preservation and maintenance of Bay area lighthouses. At least once a month between March and November, Chapter volunteers are busy at one or more locations around the Chesapeake area.
The Chapter tries to keep abreast of all light activities in Virginia and Maryland to serve as an information source and contact point for local authorities, other organizations, and the general public.
Chapter activities include visits and cruises to land-based and seaborne lights and other facilities, guest speakers, the previously mentioned preservation/maintenance opportunities and public promotion of the Chapter at various events in the Maryland/Virginia area. Activities such as lighthouse visits are designed to be self-supporting, with costs shared by the attendees.
The Chapter also sponsors the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, a bi-annual “road rally” – type event held in September at participating lighthouses/lightship on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chapter is supported by annual dues which essentially cover the cost of the newsletter. Higher levels of membership further support the Chapter by helping with other overhead costs and of course, additional donations are always welcome.
Your involvement in the Chesapeake Chapter is critical to the maintenance and growth of a vigorous and dynamic local organization committed to protecting, enjoying, and advancing the Bay’s lighthouse heritage.
The Chapter’s “Purposes” are listed in the Chapters By-Laws, which can be read by clicking on the link below: Chapter By-Laws dated March 2022
|ion please write to:
Chesapeake Chapter, USLHS
P.O. Box 178
Joppa, MD 21085-0178
|This web site is lovingly dedicated to:
The Chesapeake Chapter’s founding president.
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