The Twin Lights Museum is in the process of developing and installing a new and modern state of the art museum exhibit. To begin this process the artifacts that have been on display for well over twenty years, and could use a well deserved rest, will be removed to the stabilization area and treated by our curatorial staff. The cases that are in the museum will be relocated and furnished with artifacts that have not been seen for over twenty years. The transformation begins this week as we start to remove the artifacts. We anticipate that there will be periods when the museum area will be closed and access to the tower limited. However, in just a few short months we will re-open with an exhibit that will be well worth the wait.
Over the winter, artifacts were removed from the Museum Exhibit Cases and are now in storage. Don’t worry, they won’t be gone for long. The cases, with their artifacts, are being relocated throughout the site as we expand our interpretive program.
Highlands Fire Department Rescues
Twin Light's Flag
While the Twin Lights continue to be a beacon of light for many and a daymark for others, the lighthouse itself often needs a bit of a rescue. Through the last few weeks of unexpected snow, rain, high winds and a bit of ice our flag became entangled with the pole. Unable to get it down, we called the Highlands Fire Department in the hope that they could help us. Within a few days, not only was the old flag removed but it was replaced with a brand new one.
We'd like to thank Bill Kane, Chief of the Department for authorizing and organizing the rescue. Bill Caizza, 1st Assistant Chief for overseeing the on-site operations. Dave Parker, Office of Emergency Management, Fire Prevention, and Deputy Chief Picatinny Arsenal for operating the truck from the ground. John McKay, who along with Bill Kane was in the Bucket and Marty Hawley, ex-Chief of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department, who managed the ropes from the ground.
From the Lighthouse to the Firehouse, we thank you!
Exhibits, Events and News
The "Aurora" Exhibit: In 1827, a sailing ship named the Aurora was smashed to pieces in the surf off Sandy Hook after crossing the Atlantic from England. In 1828, two lighthouses were erected atop the Navesink Highlands, and the number of ship like the Aurora lost off the coast plummeted.
The Twin Lights Historical Society has acquired a collection of artifacts from the Aurora wreck and has set up a small exhibit. The story of how the ship's cargo was preserved will leave you in slack-jawed awe!
Letterboxing: Did you ever go Geocaching? How about Letterboxing? On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, starting on March 9th, you'll discover interesting features about the lighthouse. Pick up a Letterboxing Passport in the Museum Shop and follow the directions to fun. Record your discoveries by placing an ink stamp in your Passport. Complete your adventure and return to the Museum Shop for your special "Key to the Castle" stamp. Activity hours are from 1:30 to 4:00. Weather permitting. This activity is based on staff availability. Please call in advance if you are making a special trip to the site.
Coming Soon: "Seeing Stars" An exciting new exhibit featuring our national flag. Stay tuned for more details.
Donations Welcomed: While we're on the topic of flags, we always welcome a new flag. High on the hill our flags see rough service. Let us know if you have a new or gently used 5 x 8 flag you would like to see atop our flag pole. Please note that once flags are beyond use they are retired by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or one of our local Veteran's Organizations.
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