Education

Lighthouse education is a critical element of the United States Lighthouse Society's mission. Whether aimed at Society members, the general public, or the youth audience, the Society strives to provide information that allows users to educate themselves and others about lighthouses. 

Our goal is to offer data about the history of lighthouses as well as how to locate more specific information for any US lighthouse. Short tutorials on many subjects, and detailed information to help with understanding lighthouses and how they work, are part of this lighthouse education page. We also have endeavored to provide information tailored to different age groups.

We believe learning should be interesting and fun. The education materials presented here reflect the United States Lighthouse Society's commitment to preserving the story of our nation's lighthouses and their importance in our past, present, and future.

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The National Archives

The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. The holdings include Record Group 26, which contains all of the records for the US Coast Guard. RG-26 is where you will find most of the lighthouse records.

USLHS Keeper Data

Early Keeper records are stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Due to the frequency of requests for this type of information by people conducting genealogical research, the National Archives have made the majority of this data available on 6 rolls of microfilm. We have also researched some keeper information and are adding it to our lighthouse database.

USCG Historian

The Historian’s Office preserves, promotes and commemorates the Coast Guard's history and heritage in all forms, including official documents, publications and manuals, photographs, oral histories, memoirs, and artifacts. We show you what information is available and how to obtain it.