The Future of Our Past
Watching the construction crews building the replica Keepers Cottage Museum on the lighthouse grounds, I am awe-struck at how far the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation has come over the past ten or so years.
Some of these accomplishments warrant reiterating (or bragging about!) —
- From no public access (meaning no tours) to regularly scheduled tours
- From no education program to a vibrant partnership with Brevard County Public
Schools, seeing more than twenty 4th grade classes visit the lighthouse during the
last school year.
- From events at the lighthouse grounds being the rare exception to events at the
lighthouse occurring at least quarterly.
- From a dream of a Keepers Cottage Museum being an architect’s drawing to crews
on site actually building that Keepers Cottage Museum. (Many, many thanks to the
Brevard County TDC and to the State of Florida for funding that museum!)
And as I consider the new, vibrant faces mixed in with the seasoned veterans of our CCLF Board, I am wholly encouraged that the future of our past is in very, very good hands. If you haven’t been out to see the activity on site, please come out and take a look!
See you at the Lighthouse!
The latest edition of the Canaveral Beacon is available now. It includes an article and photos about our Membership Appreciation & Campaign meeting at the lighthouse on the 28th of July.
Thanks to Sharon Crockett who spearheaded the event, to Bev Merrilees & George Eustis who coordinated volunteers and docents for the event and again to Bev Merrilees & Bill Heink for door prizes. A special thank you to GO TRAVEL who sponsored the bus transportation to and from the lighthouse. And finally, this could not have gone as smoothly were it not for all the volunteers and docents (many of whom are members) who gave their time so all who attended could enjoy a quality event. Thank you one and all.
Be sure to check out the “Getting the Word Out” section of the newsletter for information on Cape Canaveral Friday Fest, the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW 2018, and the inaugural Legends of the Cape Tour.
You will also find an update on the construction of the CCLF Keepers Cottage Museum, along with a few photos.
This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features George Eustis, Jr. You can read more about his contributions to the Lighthouse Foundation as our docent coordinator. Meet George in the August newsletter.
Find out how you can participate and volunteer opportunities in this month’s newsletter.
Be sure to check out some of the upcoming events for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and the Florida Lighthouse Association.
You can view the newsletter at:
Canaveral Beacon – August 2018
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On October 10th, 2017 the Brevard County Commissioners approved the Tourism Development Council recommendation to fund $500,000.00 for construction of the first Keeper’s Cottage for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Restoration of the Keeper’s Cottages has been a fundamental goal of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation since its establishment in 2002.
A Few Words about the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)
Former President, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation
The Florida Lighthouse Association is a nonprofit group of citizen activists dedicated to the preservation of the 30 remaining historic lighthouses that line our state’s 1,350-mile coastline. Once central to the economic growth and settlement of our nation, many of Florida’s lighthouses face uncertain futures. We encourage members of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation to support FLA by joining and attending meetings. For details check out the website at www.floridalighthouses.org . FLA grants have helped us toward our goals of restoring our Canaveral Lighthouse community as it once was. Recently FLA awarded us a grant of $6,000 for the rental of a trailer to be placed at the lighthouse to house our gift shop and display our Brick Project. We ask you to show your appreciation by joining FLA today!