Lighthouse & Related Organizations

National and Regional Organizations

The American Lighthouse Council (ALC) 

A national leadership council and forum for the American Lighthouse Preservation Movement.

The American Lighthouse Foundation

It's mission is to save and preserve our nation’s historic light stations and their rich heritage.

Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society

The Chesapeake Chapter focuses on implementing the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s goals in the Chesapeake Bay area, particularly with regard to the lighthouses and lightships of Virginia and Maryland.  The Chapter tries to keep abreast of all light activities in Virginia and Maryland to serve as an information source and contact point for local authorities, other organizations, and the general public.

The Coast Guard Foundation

Celebrating 40 years of inspiring leadership, learning and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and their families

Foundation for Coast Guard History

The Foundation for Coast Guard History is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the recognition and prestige of the United States Coast Guard by emphasizing its illustrious past and contributions to the nation.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Dedicated to preserving our lighthouses and the history of the people who kept them by developing a new generation of preservationists.

National Lighthouse Museum

The National Lighthouse Museum is located on the site of the US Light House Service General Depot, which operated on Staten Island from 1864 to 1939. They work to promote and support historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and other related activities at the site, while maintaining the navigational significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the world.

U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association

Founded at the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1995 by maritime historians, authors, museum directors, National Park Service professionals and caring people. Its goal is to preserve the stations, history, boats, and equipment of the US Life-Saving Service and US Coast Guard.

State Organizations

Alabama Lighthouse Association

The mission of the Alabama Lighthouse Association is the historic preservation of lighthouses.

Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society 

The Long Island Chapter was established to assist in the restoration and preservation of the lighthouses of the Long Island, New York area and make Long Island's lighthouse heritage known to the public. The Chapter is currently involved in many projects and is working to educate, inform and entertain those who are interested in Long Island's lighthouses, past and present. 

The Florida Lighthouse Association

The Florida Lighthouse Association, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the State of Florida for the preservation of Florida's lighthouses and maritime heritage.

Michigan Lighthouse Alliance

The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance was founded in 2003, and is comprised of over 50 nonprofit organizations of lighthouse preservation groups and lighthouse stakeholders from around the state of Michigan.

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is an IRS registered 501(c)3 non profit corporation in the State of Michigan.  Their mission statement is as follows: to promote the preservation of Michigan’s lighthouses and life saving station structures along with the artifacts associated with them.  This is accomplished through education, interpretive displays and artifact preservation.

New Jersey Lighthouse Society

Dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the history about and to support the preservation of lighthouses everywhere.

Lighthouses of New York State

The goal of the site, now encompassing all of New York State, is to help people learn more about the lighthouses and how to enjoy them and help preserve them.

Outer Banks Lighthouse Society

Advocates for North Carolina's Lighthouses.

New England Lighthouse Lovers

A New England based lighthouse organization dedicated to lighthouse and maritime history through educational meetings

International Organizations

Association of Lighthouse Keepers (ALK)

The Association of Lighthouse Keepers provides a forum for everyone interested in lighthouses, lightships and maritime aids to navigation.

Commissioners of Irish Lights

In Salutem Omnium is the motto of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. A loose translation is For The Safety of All. This website has been designed to inform the public of their work and why it matters.

Northern Lighthouse Board

The Northern Lighthouse Board's principal concern is with safety: the safety of the mariner at sea; the safety of our own people employed in or around some of the world's most dangerous coastlines; and the safety of the environment in which we, and those who come after us, must live and work.

Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society

The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society is a non-profit society and was founded in 1993 to benefit all 150 lighthouses in Nova Scotia.

Pharesetbalises.org - France

Link to a lighthouse organization in France that contributed to The Keeper's Log with an outstanding maritime epic "The Ar-Men Lighthouse". The site is entirely in French.

The Swedish Lighthouse Society

Founded to promote and develop the interest for and the knowledge of Lighthouses, Lightstations, Lightvessels and and other Aids to Navigation.

Trinity House

Trinity Houses connection with seamarks dates to the Seamarks Act of 1566 which gave them the powers to set up "So many beacons, marks and signs for the sea…whereby the dangers may be avoided and escaped and ships the better come into their ports without peril.". The first lighthouse built by Trinity House was at Lowestoft in 1609, which was part of a series of lights to help guide vessels through a maze of sandbanks between Happisburgh and Lowestoft. The next two hundred years saw a proliferation of lighthouses and in 1836 legislation was passed for all private lights in England, Wales and the Channel Islands to be compulsory purchased and placed under the management of Trinity House.

World Lighthouse Society

 An International meeting place for all who are concerned with raising public awareness of this important part of worldwide maritime heritage.