Past Events 2018-06-25T21:43:38+00:00


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ships and Their Problems

This lecture commemorated Pearl Harbor and our own Captain Joseph Ahlstrom, NLM 1st Vice President and SUNY Maritime Professor, spoke to us about ships and their problems.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ship Model Society of New Jersey

The Ship Model Society of New Jersey exhibited their model ships at the Museum.

The Ship Model Society of New Jersey is dedicated to the pursuit and enjoyment of ship model building in all its forms. Their membership spans all skill levels, from neophyte to highly accomplished and a wide range of interests, from gadget guru to historical recreator.  They exhibited ship models Saturday, November 18th from 11-4 pm at the Museum. The model ship builders demonstrated the building of a small model ship and also conducted appraisals for repairs of ship models owned by guests.

The exhibit was included in the admission fee and admission is free for members.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fright House 2017

Our family fun tradition of Fright House continued at the National Lighthouse Museum. (Parents, it’s not scary for youngsters.)

This year featured a haunted model train exhibit, and a visit from “Gladys”! This was a free event but participants were asked to register to help with our planning. It was a fun day for the entire family and was attended by approximately 70 people.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lecture: The Burning of the Quarantine and the Aftermath

Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito returned to speak to us concerning the riots and burning of the Quarantine and resulting consequences.

September 23, 2017

Lighthouse Point Fest pictures from

Lighthouse Point Fest

August 5, 2017, 3 p.m.

Saving America’s Light Stations: A Thirty Year Retrospective

As part of our 7th Annual Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, Wayne Wheeler, President of the United States Lighthouse Society will give us his unique prospective on lightships.

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 3 p.m.

The Introduction of the Fresnel Lens into the USLHE

In 1821, after several years of studying the properties of light in his spare time, Augustin Fresnel, a French civil engineer working for the state’s department of bridges and roads, developed a lighthouse lens that now bears his name. The Fresnel lens concentrates light into a brighter beam by capturing more than 80% of the escaping light through the precise arrangement of the glass discs and prisms that make up the larger lens. This concentration into a brighter beam of light allowed the light to be projected further out to sea for the aid of commerce and navigation.

James Risk will discuss the introduction of different kinds of lens technology in the United States and its introduction to other parts of the world.

June 25, 2017 – America’s Cup Race Live Feed, BBQ and Lecture

Join us for an event to celebrate the America’s Cup Race from Bermuda. We will have a live feed of the event along with a BBQ and lecture by Andrew Wilson, historian, sailor, and librarian at the New York Public Library. Mr. Wilson will speak on the history of the race and it’s connection to Staten Island. Here is a sample:

The Island’s shipyards provided maintenance and last minute modifications to the competitors going back at least to the British challenger Countess of Dufferin in 1876 and continuing on until 1920 when the last races were held in New York Harbor.

Shamrock IV Comes to SISCO Drydock. Advance, July 22, 1920.

Daily Advance headline July 22, 1920 announcing the arrival of both  Resolute and Shamrock IV at the Staten Island Shipyard Co. docks in Port Richmond.

Americas Cup repairs at the Staten Island Shipyard.

1920’s defender and challenger in the dry docks at Port Richmond.  Port of New York Annual. Port Richmond had been a work site for America’s Cup boats dating back to 1876 when the British challenger Countess of Dufferin had her hull modified and painted there.  Shamrock II is known to have had her sails fitted out at Tompkinsville and likely had hull work done at Port Richmond in 1901.