Lighthouses: Organizations, Books, Music, and Film.
When people come together to form an organization that educates, entertains, provides hands-on experience; and when they volunteer their time and energy, it is because they have a deep affection for something, and that something propels them to dedication, and that dedication is awarded when they see how others benefit from the fruits of their labor.
For decades, people have come together to promote lighthouses. They have captured a time and place in history, a life-style unbeknownst to many, diligently searched newspaper clippings, light-keepers' logs, photos, interviewed past light-keepers, written books, produced phenomenal documentaries - all to keep alive the legacy and awareness of the wonderful monuments we call lighthouses.
These groups maintain websites, provide newsletters, offer email updates and utilize social media as a means of keeping enthusiasts updated. They educate and provide enthralling stories as well as provide insight into navigational aides such as lightships, and foghorns. They are also instrumental in planning restoration projects.
Advancements in technology have diminished the need for lighthouse keepers, thus ending a fascinating era of tending lamps, scaling cliffs, traversing the ocean as an only means of arrival and departure, and the end to what was sometimes a lonely life away from families and socialization. Nevertheless,even without keepers of old, lighthouses have remained steadfast in providing navigational assistance. However utilized, they remain beacons of hope in stature, credibility, and of course, historical significance.
Lighthouses are often portrayed metaphorically to foreshadow darkness, mystery, and intrigue, or personified to symbolize hope and guidance throughout literature, poems, songs, bands, film, and social media. It may prove surprising how commonly mediums use lighthouses! Come explore various samples; maybe you will recognize them, or perhaps you will be quite pleasantly surprised!
Lighthouse Profit and Non-Profit Organizations
Following, are links to various organizations:
- American Lighthouse Foundation - dedicated to the preservation and heritage of lighthouses through volunteers and donors. Updates on-going restorations and events.
- The Lighthouse Preservation Society - seeks lighthouse preservation by petitioning at congressional hearings, active role in nominating lighthouse for U.S. stamps, sponsors National Lighthouse Day. Received Presidential Achievement Award.
- New England Lighthouse Lovers - educational resources of maritime and lighthouse history, raises funds for preservation and restoration of lighthouses.
- United States Lighthouse Society - multiple award winning site, including the Preserve America Steward Award from the White House, seeks to spread awareness of lighthouses, and assists other organizations that strive to preserve lighthouses. Includes extensive information and links to chapters and affiliate sites. Also includes interactive maps and resource tools, and links to entertainment such as tours, challenges, and festivals.
- Great Lakes Light-keepers Association - originally formed in 1983, of retired lighthouse keepers. Includes their families and friends, and all who share an enthusiasm for the preservation, education, events of lighthouses.
- American Lighthouse Foundation- preservation of lighthouses, includes educational programs.
- Lighthouse Friends - a treasure trove of information on United States lighthouses, and some Canadian, including localities, directions, historical facts, updates, and even GPS coordinates.
United States Lightouse Society
American Lighthouse Foundation
Lighthouse Preservation Society
Five Abandoned Lighthouses
The relentless efforts of Lighthouse organizations have preserved many lighthouses that may have otherwise, gone the way of these:
Lighthouses In Movies, Books, and Songs
Architecture, mystery, curiosity, and the intrigue of lighthouses have not been lost to Hollywood, artists, authors, documentary writers, musicians, singers, and animators. Even Donald Duck gave lighthouse keeping a whirl.
Lighthouses bring either a sense of tranquility and assurance, or they hold an aura of mystery, suspense and chill. Both depictions are present through various forms of entertainment.
Let's explore some of the many ways lighthouses have provided entertainment.
Did You Know?
• The first known American navigational aid was at Nantasket (currently Hull) Massachusetts in 1673? It guarded the harbor at Point Allerton at the southern end of Boston Harbor.
• The first lighthouse erected, was in Boston Harbor in 1716, and cost 2,285 pounds. Its first keeper was George Worthylake, paid 50 pounds a year.
• Currently, August 7th, is honored as National Lighthouse Day.
• By 1800, there were 24 lighthouses in the nation on the Atlantic ocean.
And did you know?
• On August 7, 1789, the 1st Congress, 1st Session, Chapter 9 (IX), provided for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers.
• Regardless of the passage of the 9th Act of Congress, lighthouses were not officially turned over to the government until 1797.
Lighthouses in Movies- includes direct links to lighthouses
Amos and Andrew - 1993 - Santaky Head, MA
Backbeat - 1994 - Neuwerk Light, Germany
Bandits - 2001 - Point Montara Light, CA
Birds II, The - Cape Lookout Light, NC
Breaking The Waves - 1996 Neist Point Light, Scotland Isle of Skye, Scotland
Bugsy - 1991 - Morro Castle Light Havana, Cuba
The Butcher’s Wife - 1991 Bald Head Lighthouse, NC
The Color of Money - 1986 - Absecon Lighthouse, NJ,
Captain January -1950-possibly Point Pinos Light Pacific Grove, CA
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang - 1968 - Beachy Head Lighthouse, East Sussex, England
East Sussex, England
Dan in Real Life - 2007 - Point Judith Lighthouse, RI
The Deep - 1977 - Light Unknown
Double Jeopardy - 1999 - Sheringham Point Lighthouse - British Columbia
Failure to Launch - 2006 - Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse - MD
El Faro - 1998 Lighthouse Uknown
Escape From Alcatraz - 1979 - Alcatraz Island, CA
Final Analysis - 1992 - Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA
The Fog - 2005 - Point Reyes Lighthouse, CA
The Fog - 1980 - Point Atkinson Lighthouse
Forever Young -1992- Point Arena Lighthouse, CA
Forrest Gump - 1994 - Marshall Point Light, ME
The General’s Daughter - 1999 - Tybee Island Light, GA
The Good Son - 1993 - Split Rock Lighthouse, MN
The Goonies - 1985 - Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, OR
Half Light - 2006 - Lighthouse, fictional
Heartbreakers - 2001 - Cape Florida Light, FL
Into The Blue - 2005 - Paradise Island Light New Providence
Jaws - 1975 - Gay Head Light, MA
Kindergarten Cop - 1990 - Light Unknown
Lady Killer - 1995 - Point Abino Lighthouse - Canada
The Light at the Edge of The World - 1971 - Lighthouse Unknown
The Lighthouse Keeper - 1911 - (silent) - fictional lighthouse, said to be made of paper mache with a hole punched out for the light.
The Lighthouse by the Sea - 1911 - (silent) - Unknown
Moonrise Kingdom -2012- Conanicut Point Lighthouse, RI
Murder in the First - 1995 - Alcatraz Island Lighthouse, CA
Needful Things - 1993 - Point Atkinson Lighthouse - Canada
An Officer and A Gentleman - 1982 - Point Wilson Lighthouse, WA
Pete’s Dragon - 1997 - Lighthouse, fictional
The Perfect Storm - 2000 - Eastern Point Lighthouse, MA
The Rock - 1996 - Alcatraz Island Light, CA
Snow Falling On Cedars - 1999 - Portland Head Lighthouse, ME
Somewhere In Time - 1980 - Round Island Lighthouse, MI
Stone Cold - 2005 - Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia
The Lovely Bones - 2009 - Lighthouse Unknown
Thinner - 1996 - Marshall Point Lighthouse, ME
Thomas Crown Affair -1999- Robbins Reef Light, NY
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday - 1996 - Brant Point Light, MA
The Transporter - 2002 - Lighthouse Unknown
The Truman Show - 1998 - Possibly the Crooked River Lighthouse, Carabelle, FL
Waking Ned Devine - 1998 - Isle of Man Lighthouse, Ireland
Weekend at Bernie’s - 1989 - Bald Head Lighthouse, NC
Dan In Real Life
The Perfect Storm
Lighthouses in Animation - Pete's Dragon
Donald Duck: Lighthouse Keeping
Reference Books and Novels
The American Lighthouse CookBook -The Best Recipes and Stories from America’s Shorelines - Becky Sue Epstein and Ed Jackson
Lighthouse at the End of the World - Fiction - Jules Verne
California Lighthouse Life - Wayne Wheeler -
Staying At A Lighthouse- Non Fiction - John Grant
Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast - Non Fiction - Elinor De Wire
Lighthouses of the Great Lakes - Non Fiction - Todd R. Berger, Daniel E. Dempster
The Lightkeeper’s Menagerie -Stories of Animals at Lighthouses - Non Fiction - Elinor De Wire
Haunted Lighthouses - Phantom Keepers, Ghostly Shipwrecks and Sinister Calls From The Deep - Non Fiction - Ray Jones
America’s Lighthouses, An Illustrated History - Non Fiction - Francis Ross Holland
To The Lighthouse - Fiction - Virginia Woolf
Lighthouse In My Life - Memoir - Philmore B. Wass
Keeper of Lime Rock - Fiction -Lenore Skomal
Walk Across The Sea - Historical Fiction - Susan Fletcher
Reservations for Murder (Lighthouse Inn Mysteries, No. 2) - Tim Myers
Lighthouse Keeper, The - Fiction - James Michael Pratt
The Lighthouse - Fiction - R.M. Ballantyne
The Lighthouse - Fiction - P.D.James
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter - Fiction - Arielle North Olson
The Lighthouse Stevensons : The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson.- Non-Fiction - Bella Bathurst
The Light Between Oceans - Fiction - M.L.Stedman
New York State Lighthouses - Non Fiction - Robert G. Miller
Lighthouse Island - Fiction -Paulette Jiles
Lighthouses of New England: Pictorial Discovery Guide - Non Fiction - Jon Marcus
Facing the Sea - Non Fiction - Lightkeepers and Their Families
Lighthouses of the World - Non Fiction - compiled by International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation
Lighthouse Psalms: God's Gift of Hope and Direction - Non Fiction - Terry Whalin
Women Who Kept Lights - Non Fiction - An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers - Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford
Lighthouses of England: The Southwest, lighthouses of Cornwall,Isle of Sicily, North Devon, Somerset, and Bristol Channel
Lighthouse Girl - Fiction - Dianne Wolfer
The Girl in the Lighthouse - Fiction - Roxane Tepfer Sanford
The Lighthouse, The Cat, and The Sea - Fiction - Leigh W. Rutledge
The Girls of Lighthouse Lane - Katherine’s Story - Fiction - Thomas Kinkade
The Lighthouse Cat - Fiction -Sue Stainton, Ann Mortimer
Birdie’s Lighthouse -Fiction - Deborah Hopkinson, Kimberly Bucklen Root
Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore - Non Fiction - Katherine L. House
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Fiction - Ronda and David Armitage
The Lighthouse Keeper's Catastrophe - Fiction - Ronda and David Armitage
"Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." - Anne Lamott
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo
Let There Be Songs About Lighthouses, The Sea, And What Happens In The Sea...