Preservation Grants Program

U.S. Lighthouse Society Preservation Grant Awards.

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The United States Lighthouse Society is proud to announce the awards made in the second year of our pioneering Lighthouse Preservation Grants Program, this year sending help to lighthouse projects in the Great Lakes, on the Gulf Coast and along the Atlantic coast.

Presenting the Recipients of 2016

1. Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston, S.C.

The Save the Light Foundation in Charleston will use the grant from a USLHS corporate partner, the SeaPak Division of Rich Products Corp., to fund a detailed study of the very historic but erosion-threatened and decaying Morris Island Lighthouse. USLHS will administer the grant as part of the Preservation Grant Program established last year to mark the Society’s 30th anniversary. SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. is located on St. Simons Island, GA, just down the coast from Charleston.

The Charleston group will use the grant to gain a definitive assessment of the condition of the cofferdam-protected lighthouse and determine what steps can be taken, in what order and at what cost, to preserve the structure. International Chimney Corp., movers of the Cape Hatteras Light and other lighthouses, will do the work.


2. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust in Maine

A grant was awarded to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust in Maine to replace the lantern vent ball on the breakwater lighthouse and repair damage in the lantern caused by water intrusion.


3. Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy, on the Great Lakes

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy will use our grant to complete a $32,375 project to fabricate and install damaged or missing parts of the handrail system in the tower and on the lantern gallery at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light.


4. Pensacola Lighthouse Foundation in Florida

This grant will be used to restore a long-lost iron pedestal to the top of the lighthouse and use it to support a lens that now is suspended from the lantern roof. The pedestal was found a few years ago in the woods near the tower, and has been restored. The grant will go toward the $17,589 project to place it back in its proper location to support the lens and curtail the structural damage caused by the current system.


5. Boston Light’s iconic boathouse

In addition, the Society’s program will administer a second grant from its first corporate preservation partner, the Lands’ End clothing company of Wisconsin. Last year, Lands’ End committed funding to launch the Society’s detailed study of preservation needs at the Alcatraz Island Lighthouse, a Society project in San Francisco Bay. This year, Society and Lands’ End leaders traveled in late July to Little Brewster Island in Boston Bay to present an initial $30,000 check to restore the foundation of the Boston Light’s iconic boathouse; the work will allow the boathouse to reopen to the public, and the gift celebrates the 300th anniversary of the country’s first lighthouse.


Here is a video about the event at Boston Light

 


Presenting the Recipients of 2015

1. Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

Built in 1874 in the ornate Victorian style of the time, the Southeast Lighthouse helped ships clear the dangerous shoals and ledges of the "stumbling block" of the New England coast.  Because of ongoing erosion of the bluffs, in 1993 the 2,000 ton structure was moved 300 feet back from the cliffs. After the move, the Coast Guard could not reinstall the mercury float lens so they installed the first order lens which was originally at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  Through our partnership with Lands' End, our grant will be used to help restore the lantern room where the light shines.


2. Sentinel Island, Alaska

In Sentinel island, an isolated station 30 miles northeast of Juneau, the Gastineau Channel Historical Society will using their grant toward their lantern restoration project and will help replace or repair glass panels, restore iron framing and mullions, and install a replicated ball vent.


3. Toledo Harbor, Ohio

At Toledo Harbor in Lake Erie, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society's overall project is to replace 12 windows on the first story, restore one window, and obtain and install shutters (our grant’s primary role) for all of them. The Toledo Harbor and Sentinel Island work is critically needed to protect those lighthouses from the environment and make them watertight, and in each place our funding will be a vital part of larger and already ongoing projects that will have dramatic impacts on the lighthouses’ futures.


4. Race Rock, New York

At Race Rock in Long Island Sound, the New London Maritime Society will be using their grant for a detailed plan to restore the brick masonry basement. The Race Rock funding will allow that organization to finish their planning and be more prepared to obtain funds for their follow-on execution.


5. Alcatraz Island, California

On October 5, 2015, Lands’ End  chartered a boat tour to Alcatraz Lighthouse to kick off a rehabilitation project for the historic structure. Members of the media and local officials were invited to join CEO Federica Marchionni as she announced funding for the Historic Structures Report, administered by the U.S. Lighthouse Society, with further support from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service. The report will take the first critical steps in ensuring the structure can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Visit the Lands' End page to see a nice video about the event and project: Alcatraz Island Rehabilitation Project


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If you have any questions, please contact:
U.S. Lighthouse Society
Phone: (415) 362-7255
Email: grantsprogram@uslhs.org