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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony April 13, 2019

Lighthouse plaque

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the Chapter will return to Mathews County, VA to honor six Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers at rest at several county cemeteries. We will dedicate new U.S. Lighthouse Service plaques at the graves of Keepers Frank Raymond Lewis, Nelson Stanley Atherton, Levi D. Marchant, Isaac Foster, William James Diggs …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony March 9, 2019

Lighthouse plaque

Come join the Chapter on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm for our first grave marker ceremony of 2019 at the Ford Cemetery in Dames Quarter, MD where we will honor Keeper William James Kelly. Keeper Kelly served at four Bay lighthouses, including the Hooper Strait lighthouse from 1930 to 1940. Any questions, email Tony …

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Celebrating 30 Years!

The United States Lighthouse Society (USLHS) was startedin 1983 by ex-Coast Guardsman Wayne Wheeler. The societyencouraged lighthouse enthusiasts to form local chapters under the USLHS. On March 18, 1989, 30 people met in Louisa, Virginia. This first meeting resulted in the establishment of the Virginia Chapter of the USLHS where Herb Entwistle became the founding …

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Historical Placard: Janes Island Lighthouse

The Janes Island Lighthouse indoor placard was presented in August 2018.  It is to be displayed in the Tawes Museum, Crisfield, MD. Greg Krawczyk presenting the Janes Island Lighthouse placard to Marty Schlegel, Vice Chairman of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation & J. Millard Tawes Museum.  Photo was taken in the J. Millard Tawes Museum, in …

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Historical Placard: Fishing Battery Lighthouse

The Fishing Battery Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on January 26, 2019. It is to be displayed in the Keeper’s House at Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, Maryland. Jessica LaPota, Executive Director at Concord Point Lighthouse accepting the Fishing Battery Lighthouse timeline placard from chapter member Greg Krawczyk on January 26, 2019.

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Historical Placard: Fort Washington Lighthouse

The Fort Washington Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on September 29, 2018. It is to be displayed in the Visitors Center at Fort Washington, Maryland.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society 2019 Tour Schedule

USLHS Tours

Domestic Southern California – Northern Baja Mar 23 to Apr 04, 2019 Florida Keys Apr 28 to May 06, 2019 Long Island – Canceled due to not enough interest Jul 08 to Jul 15, 2019 Maine (Grand Manan & New Brunswick) Oct 02 to Oct 11, 2019 Hawaii Oct 30 to Nov 12, 2019 International …

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Crossed-the-Bar • Al Smith • 1942 – 2019

Al and family

Shortly after he submitted his membership and 40+3 reports for this newsletter, Membership Chairman Al Smith was hospitalized. On January 16, Al lost his battle with brain cancer. He had been a member of the Chapter since 1993, joining the board of directors as membership chairman in 2011. Al worked on most, if not all, …

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Girl Scouts from Parkville Maryland Earn Chesapeake Chapter Scout Patch

Chapter Scout Patch

This quarter we celebrate one Girl Scout Troop who earned the Chesapeake Chapter, U.S.L.H.S. “Keeping the Lights Shining” Scouts Patch! Girl Scout troop, led by Mary Lou Halford, completed five activities and participated in the lighthouse overnight program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The participating scouts are Kelsea Abbott, Sophia Belal, Savanns Lippy, Katie …

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2019 Preservation Schedule

  2019 Project Scheduled Date(s) Notes Calvert Marine Museum  Must be a Chapter Member to participate.  Work will be assigned by museum staff at Drum Point and/or Cove Point Lighthouse. April 27, 2019 Historic Ships of Baltimore Must be a Chapter Member to participate. Work will be on the Lightship Chesapeake or Seven Foot Knoll in Baltimore …

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NEW Merchandise in the LOFT!!

We have exciting NEW merchandise in our Loft!! NEW ITEMS! Note: These items are very fragile and therefore expensive to ship.    Due to the fragile nature of the lighthouse, the item is not eligible for free shipping.  The shipping options are mailing or local pickup.  Local pickup ensures that your lighthouse will arrive in …

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Celebration of Life for Candace Clifford

On October 21, 2018 a Celebration of Life for Candace Clifford was held at Glen Echo Park, MD. We said a final goodbye to our friend Candace with representatives from our Chapter and the U.S. Lighthouse Society present. Photos by Tony Pasek

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We are now on Twitter!

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Historical Placard: Love Point Lighthouse

The Love Point Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on December 17, 2017.  It is to be displayed at the Chesapeake Bay Heritage & Visitors Center, Kent Island, MD. Greg Krawczyk presenting placard to Ashley Chenault, Queen Annes County Tourism Development Coordinator.  Photo was taken at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center, Kent Island, Maryland

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Historical Placard: Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse

The Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on June 1, 2018. It is to be displayed inside the marina and main office at Sandy Point State Park, MD.

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Historical Placard: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

The Thomas Point Lighthouse indoor placard was presented on October 6, 2018. It is to be displayed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in  Annapolis, Maryland. Annapolis Maritime Museum curator, Caitlin Swaim. Photograph by Karl Talbott.

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2018 Grant Award: Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse

The Chapter awarded the 2018 HELP preservation grant of $1,000.00 to the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace, MD on October 13, 2018. Chapter secretary, Hobie Statzer presented 2018 Chapter Grant check to members of the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse – Jessica Lapota and Floyd Dobson. The grant funds will be used …

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Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Lighthouses/Lightships/ Lifesaving Station Information

LSS, Lewes, DE

This information was provided by personnel from the various organizations listed below and may be subject to change. Last Update: April 4, 2018 Assateague Lighthouse Located in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Virginia. Phone: Chincoteague NWR – (757) 336-6122 Hours: See website for days and hours Cost: $20 for a seven day entrance pass …

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Lighthouse Stamps

Lighthouse Stamps

If you support the idea of the US Postal Service issuing a set of postage stamps that features five lighthouses from the Chesapeake Bay, then the Chesapeake Chapter, USLHS requests that you take one of the pre-printed letters with you. Please fill out your name, address and the date up top and sign at the …

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If You Think This is Cold – Icy Days on The Bay

Photo by Larry Liebrecht Ice chokes the Potomac in front of Ft. Washington Lighthouse

As the cold weather settles over much of the country have you been daydreaming of warmer weather and maybe the quiet life of a lighthouse Keeper from days past? The allure of lighthouses often contains romanticized visions of existence in pristine, wild places with Keepers filling free time with fishing or watching the boats go …

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After Challenge Survey – 2017 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2017 Maryland Lighthouse Pin

We would love to hear from you, whether or not you attended this year’s MD Lighthouse Challenge.  If you only visited one or numerous lighthouses, attended previous years or other state challenges, we want your feedback to help us make the event a bigger success!  Thank you! Your City and State: *Did you participate in …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper John O’Neill

Lighthouse plaque

Grave Site Ceremony – Keeper John O’Neill – Angel Hill Cemetery UPDATE: 8/4/17 Ceremony program: 2pm—Commence Ceremony – Welcome by Master of Ceremonies: S. Greg Krawczyk, President, Chesapeake Chapter, US Lighthouse Society – Introduction – Reading of events leading to the appointment of John O’Neill as the first keeper of Concord Point LH Lighthouse – …

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2017 Preservation Schedule

Preservation

  2017 Project Scheduled Date(s) Notes Calvert Marine Museum  Must be a Chapter Member to participate. April 22, 2017 Work will be assigned my museum staff at Drum Point and/or Cove Point Lighthouse. Historic Ships of Baltimore Must be a Chapter Member to participate. Work will be on the Lightship Chesapeake in Baltimore Inner Harbor. March …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Thomas Steinhise

Lighthouse plaque

UPDATE: On Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, on Ritchie Highway in Baltimore, MD 21225, the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society unveiled a special marker at the grave of Thomas Jefferson Steinhise, the last civilian keeper of the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, which now sits on Pier …

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Thomas Point Shines Again

Contractors putting the red back in the roof.

If you’ve been looking at the photos of our workdays at Thomas Point over the last few months you may have noticed the roof was looking a little less than pristine. Well this past week a group of professional contractors from All-Type Roofing out of landlocked Harrisburg PA traveled down to Maryland and put the shine back …

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2014 Fall Chapter Board Meeting Photos

Concord Point Keeper's House

The Chapter Fall Board Meeting was held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Concord Point Keepers House in Havre de Grace, MD Click here to see more photos on our Facebook page. (You do not need to have a Facebook account) View Larger Map

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GoodSearch and GoodShop

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Goodshop.com is partnering with us, the Chesapeake Chapter, to help our cause. Now when you purchase items using Goodshop.com coupons, a portion of the purchase could be donated to us in support of our H.E.L.P. Fund. Now when you make purchases from your favorite stores like Walgreens, Restaurant.com, or TurboTax, you will not only be …

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U.S. Lights App Review

Chesapeake Lights article – Winter 2014 by Cory Talbott Your smartphone may have the answer for the best way to enhance your lighthouse viewing excursions. Lighthouse apps can be a quick way to have the current information on your lighthouse quest at your fingertips, whether you are in your car, planning a weekend trip, or …

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INTRODUCING the 3rd Patch in the Lost Light Series

Jordan Point Patch

The lost lights series of patches will commemorate lighthouses we have lost over the years. The third Patch from the Lost Lights series features Jordan Point Lighthouse which was located in Virginia. The first Jordan Point Lighthouse was built in 1855 on the James River near Hopewell, Virginia. This first lighthouse was a white keeper’s …

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INTRODUCING the 2nd Patch in the Lost Light Series

The lost lights series of patches will commemorate lighthouses we have lost over the years. The second Patch from the Lost Lights series features Mispillion Lighthouse which was located in Delaware. The Mispillion Lighthouse depicted in this second patch of the Lost Lights series was built in 1873. The light has a square wooden tower …

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