Non NJLHS Events

LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE OF NEW JERSEY

The 'Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey'

will be October 15th & 16th, 2022

https://lighthousechallengenj.com/

Flyer shown below is from 2021






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 NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY
Was August 7, 2021

 

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY                                                                                  Artical by James A. Cope

 

Saturday 7 August 2021 is National Lighthouse Day. Many lighthouses will be open to the public in recognition of that day. The United States Postal Service will issue five new lighthouse stamps the day before on August 6th.


THE DEDICATION CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON Friday August 6th at
NAVESINK -TWIN LIGHTS


FRIDAY AUGUST 6, 2021 AT NOON

TWIN LIGHTS STATE HISTORIC SITE
2 LIGHT HOUSE ROAD
HIGHLANDS, NJ 07732

STAMPS: (Jim Cope’s Article)
FIVE MID-ATLANTIC LIGHTHOUSES
MONTAUK POINT (NY)
NAVESINK (NJ)
ERIE HARBOR PIERHEAD LIGHT (PA)
HARBOR OF REFUGE LIGHT ( in breakwater, DE)
THOMAS POINT SHOAL LIGHT (in Chesapeake Bay, MD)


 The Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses depicted are:


Montauk Point Lighthouse, Long Island, New York.
Located on Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This was the first lighthouse built in New York (1796) and is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States. It is 110.5 feet tall with a focal height of 168 feet. It is open to the public as part of the Montauk Point State Park. It had a First Order Fresnel lens installed during renovations in 1860, which was replaced in 1903 with a 3 ˝ order bivalve Fresnel lens which was replaced in 1987 with an airport beacon.

 

Thomas Shoal Point Light is in the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Maryland. The current screw-pile light was constructed in 1875 and first lit that year. Prior to that, in 1825, a stone tower was erected and then replaced by another stone tower in 1834. It stands 49 feet tall with a focal plane of 43 feet. Originally had a Fourth Order Fresnel lens, it now has a 250 mm solar powered lens that flashes white every five seconds with two red sectors. The Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society has worked countless hours maintaining and re-furbishing the structure.

 

Erie Harbor Pierhead, Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania. The current lighthouse was built in 1858. The wrought iron encased in steel lighthouse stands 34 feet tall. It was forged in France and assembled on site in Erie. It was moved in 1882 and again in 1940. The US Coast Guard operates the beacon, changed its fixed red beam to an automated red flashing light in 1995, at which time the 4th order Fresnel lens was sent to the Erie Maritime Museum.

 

Harbor of Refuge Light at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, just off Cape Henlopen (Lewes, Delaware).

The wooden tower was 52 feet and had a Fourth Order Fresnel lens built in 1906. The current sparkplug style cast iron structure was constructed in 1926 at 76 feet tall.  Focal plane is 72 feet. From 1945 until 1997 it was fitted with a DCB-36 Aerobeacon. Today it has a Vega VRB-25 solar powered flashing white every five seconds visible up to 19 miles. It also has two red sectors which can be seen for 16 miles.

 

Twin Lights of the Navesink. Located in the Highlands, New Jersey, the current structure was built in 1862. Constructed on a bluff 200 feet above sea level, it has a focal plane of 246 feet. The North Tower is the site of the initial First Order Fresnel Lens in the USA in 1841. The South Tower is the site of the initial Second Order Fresnel Lens in the USA 1841. It was the first major coastal light to use electric in 1898. In 1931 it was recognized as the nation’s most powerful light, visibility at 22 miles. It was decommissioned in 1949.

 

The stamps will be the “Forever” type (valid for the current postage rate), 20 per sheet, (four of each), 55 cents each at time of issue.

 

The late Howard Koslow (Toms River, NJ) was the artist for this series, as well as many other stamps and the lighthouse series of stamps that were previously issued.


 






NJLHS  & THE LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE

 

 

HISTORY

 

NJLHS started the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge in October 2000.
  In 2010 the Keepers of New Jersey took over running the Challenge.

Below are photos showing the history of the Challenge souvenirs for
 the first ten years from 2000 to 2009.
 

(To enlarge image, right click, then view image)










 

 

NJLHS has a strong outreach program both to education and to the community.  We want to educate New Jersey to the secret hidden
 in New Jersey.

 

Below is a display of our presentations using miniature lighthouses.
   Please enjoy.






Can you answer these questions?

            In what year was the Statue of Liberty considered a lighthouse?
        What 3 lighthouses were designed by the same engineer?
        What are the names of the 3 land based lighthouses in the western                 part of New Jersey?
        What kind of lighthouse is Hereford?
        Name all the other lighthouses of the Hereford type?

        Send your answers to: programchair@njlhs.org



Finns Point

Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse is a lighthouse, which we have worked with for years.  Here is a video of Finns Point created by one of our members, Mark Dameika, in order to assist the Friends of Supawna Meadows, the friends group for Finns Point Lighthouse. If you missed it, view it with

the link below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPIT4AiXyKk

 

 

Below are more pictures from Mark of Finns Point and the surrounding area.  Can you see the Delaware River?

 

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0XGJDfWGGE4ErN

(click picture to enlarge)

 

Below see the inside of Supawna Refuge building with the gift shop NJLHS helped to create and the display case created by one of our members to
show case the original lens from Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse.

 

http://www.friendsofsupawnarefuge.org/njlhs-meeting-3292014.html

 

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY CERTIFICATES

 

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day to commemorate the Signing by President George Washington the creation of the Lighthouse Service as
 one of the first laws passes by the First Congress in 1789.  NJLHS gives certificates to young students who visit one of our lighthouses on that day
 or a close weekend.








Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse Needs Volunteers

The success of any lighthouse group is directly related to its ability to attract volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering at the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse in Paulsboro, NJ, please contact  Marc Kamp at (856) 423-1554. We need volunteers as tour guides, to help with the newsletter, membership, publicity, research and much more. If you are interested in history and lighthouses or you just love Paulsboro, give us a call. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who has pictures, memorabilia or stories about our lighthouse.

All meetings are held at the Paulsboro Municipal Building, 1121 North Delaware Street, Paulsboro, NJ at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month. All Welcome!

Web site: www.tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org
Email: info@tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org



“Stairway to the Stars” at Cape May Lighthouse

The perfect ending to a Cape May day—Climb the Cape May Lighthouse at night and see the sky ablaze with stars. Tours include a trolley ride from Cape May to Cape May Point featuring an entertaining narrated tour. 8:00 p.m. Other tours available(all tours seasonal). Sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.



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