What am I celebrating today?

August 7, 2013


August 7, 2013 has been designated by the US Senate as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day.  Your can read the proclamation here.

From the American Lighthouse Council:

The past and future of lighthouses will be celebrated on August 7, 2013, now federally designated as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day.

The designation came with the unanimous passage of a Senate resolution marking the date as the 224th anniversary of the federal government’s first public works act, the establishment of the Lighthouse Service as President George Washington signed the ninth act passed by the First Congress of the United States.

The resolution was submitted by Sens. Angus S. King Jr. and Susan Collins of Maine, using wording proposed by the American Lighthouse Council. In the House, Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo, NY, read the text into the Congressional Record.

I recommend for your lighthouse reading, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, by Connie Small.  I mentioned in a earlier post that I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Small a number of years ago, when she was on a book tour and was participating on a panel on successful aging (!) given for medical students. I found her to be charming. Mrs. Small passed away in 2005 at the successful age of 103.

She and her husband, Keeper Elson Small, lived at several offshore lighthouses in Maine between 1920 and 1946, including Lubec Channel Light (1920-1922), Avery Rock Light (1922-1926), Sequin Island Light (1926-1930), and St. Croix River Light (1930-1946).  During this time the lighthouse keepers were all men, but their wives were very much partners in the enterprise.


The lighthouse pictured at the top of the post is Pemaquid Point. It is my favorite, but don’t go there.  It’s mine.


  1. It’s a little-known fact… outside of lighthouse aficionados… that Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the Union. I made it a point (heh!) to visit as many as I could in the ten years I lived in Dee-troit.

    • Thanks! I did not know that – Michigan, surrounded by all of those Great Lakes, it just makes sense.

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