Offshore Lighthouse Historical Placard
Program – Chesapeake Chapter, U. S. Lighthouse Society
by Greg Krawczyk
This program was proposed by Chapter President Greg Krawczyk and approved by the Chapter Board of Directors in 2016. The planning and implementation of this new educational program commenced in 2017, under the supervision of the Chapter’s Programs Coordinator.
The goal of the program is to educate the public about the history of the lighthouses offshore within the Chesapeake Bay, both existing and those no longer standing. The method is via professional historical placards placed on government land or property (federal, state, or county), outdoors near the shore
facing the lighthouses or where they were located. Security of the outdoor placard is a major concern due to the cost of these professional quality placards. The Chapter has already performed the research on all of the lighthouses within the Chesapeake Bay so the required information is readily available. This research was
performed by Chapter volunteers at both the U.S. Coast Guard Historians Office and the National Archives. Chapter volunteers will design the artwork for these placards.
During the planning in 2017, it was decided to expand the original program to include placing historical placards inside government facilities near where the lighthouses are or where they were, when there was no government land near the shore facing the desired offshore location. The additional positive aspect of the
indoor historical placards is the significantly reduced cost for procurement and installation of the indoor placards verses the outdoor placards, and the ease of installing/mounting the indoor placards. It was also decided to include appropriate lighthouse or maritime related non-profit museums, as approved locations
and facilities for the historical placards.
The first historical placard was delivered in December 2017 and installed in January 2018 for the Love Point Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Heritage and Visitors Center on Kent Island managed by Queens Anne County, Maryland. An outdoor placard was originally planned for Love Point State Park, but the location
is still under construction.
So how are the placards created?
The Chapter prepares the artwork in PowerPoint, as this is the preferred program for the placard manufacturers.
The Chapter seeks approval of the artwork by the organization receiving the placard as well as the approval of the size. All artwork will include language indicating that the Chapter provided the placard, with our web site and the name of the Chapter volunteer that actually prepared the artwork. All photos will indicate the origin. For indoor placards, the sizes available for foam boards are listed on the Vistaprint web site. Indoor placards are normally smaller than the 24” x 36” size.
The Chapter will pay for/procure the placard from Chapter funds budgeted for this program. For indoor placards, we will deliver the placard. For outdoor placards, the Chapter will coordinate with the receiving organization on the installation.
The receiving organization must install/mount the indoor placards. The Chapter requests that the indoor placards be mounted in a location where the most people can view and read it. The indoor placards are not provided for installation in private offices.
The indoor placards become the property of the receiving organization, but the Chapter requests that the placards not be altered, although it is acceptable to trim/remove the blank white portions along the top and bottom if necessary.