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Program: Offshore Lighthouse Historical Placard

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 Chair, Cory Talbott.

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, ideally facing the lighthouses or where they were located. The restriction for the placement of these professional-quality placards on government property is to take advantage of the increased level of security at these restricted-access facilities. The Chapter has performed the research on all of the lighthouses within the Chesapeake Bay. This research was conducted by Chapter volunteers at both the U.S. Coast Guard Historians Office and the National Archives. Chapter volunteers design the artwork for these placards with this research, and using the best available photos. The current placard design volunteer is Jennifer Jones. The template was designed by the South River High School History Club.

During the planning in 2017, it was decided to expand the original program to include placing historical placards indoors at government facilities near where the lighthouses are or where they once stood. This may be the case if there is no government land near the shore facing the desired offshore location to place an outdoor placard, or used in addition to the outdoor placards. An additional positive aspect of the indoor historical placards is the significantly reduced cost for procurement and ease of installation/mounting of the foam board indoor placards verses the outdoor placards. It also was decided to include appropriate lighthouse or maritime related non-profit museums as approved locations and facilities for the indoor historical placards. Both the indoor and outdoor historical placards are normally provided to the government or non-profit organization free of charge. The Chapter pays for the placards from Chapter funds budgeted for this program. The Chapter does not utilize sponsors for the purchase of these placards.

How are the placards created?
The Chapter volunteers prepare the artwork in PowerPoint, as this is the preferred program for the outdoor placard manufacturers, and foam board providers. The Chapter seeks approval of the artwork as well as the size by the organization receiving the placard. All artwork includes language indicating that the Chapter provided the placard, our web site, and the name of the Chapter volunteer that prepared the design. Photos indicate the origin or credit as applicable. For indoor placards, the sizes available for foam boards are listed on the Vistaprint web site. Indoor placards usually are 18” x 28” or smaller.

For outdoor placards, the Chapter coordinates with the receiving organization on the installation.

For indoor placards, we typically deliver the placard, and the receiving organization installs/mounts the indoor placards. The Chapter requires that the indoor placards be mounted in a location where the greatest amount of people visiting the facility can view and read it. The indoor placards are not provided for installation in private offices.

The indoor placards then become the property of the receiving organization. However, the Chapter requests that the receiving organization not alter the placards, although it is acceptable to trim/remove the blank white portions along the top and bottom.

Government or non-profit organizations that are interested to see if they qualify for one of these Offshore Lighthouse Historical Placards, should contact the Chapter Program Chair at:

The first historical placard was delivered in December 2017.


The Offshore Lighthouse Historical Placards that have been completed and displayed are:

(click to see)
Date provided Location where installed
Love Point Indoor December 2017 Chesapeake Bay Heritage & Visitors Center, Kent Island, MD
Sandy Point Indoor May 2018 Sandy Point State Park Marina, MD
Sandy Point Indoor June 2018 Sandy Point State Park Main Office
Building Main Entrance, MD
Janes Island Indoor August 2018 The Tawes Museum, Crisfield, MD


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