United States Lighthouse Society Programs
For almost 30 years, the U.S. Lighthouse Society has published its lighthouse periodical The Keeper's Log. With members spanning the globe, The Keeper's Log has become an important addition to many reference libraries for those interested in the history of lighthouses, optics and architecture. USLHS also collects lighthouse lore and artifacts for lighthouse museums and established and maintains a comprehensive research library dedicated to lighthouse history.
In conjunction with our relocation to the Point No Point Light Station, the Society has set up numerous interpretive displays and has worked with local officials to upgrade and better maintain the historic property benefiting an estimated 40,000 visitors to the light station each year.
The U.S. Lighthouse Society is involved with numerous restoration projects, but the completion of Point No Point is number one on the list as historic property is currently the headquarters of the organization.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The past three years have been productive at Point No Point with regard to restoration of historic buildings. There are three structures on the property which required rehabilitation, and the U.S. Lighthouse Society began addressing these issues in order of priority.
First, the complete restoration of the historic Keeper's Workshop was completed in 2009. This building is now open to the public and houses interesting interpretive displays among other things. The lighthouse building was next on the list in order of priority, and we are happy to report that the restoration project is complete as well. Now we are directing our attention to the last historic building on the station, the historic Keeper's Dwelling.
The U.S. Lighthouse Society has already completed many projects on the interior of the structure, and have made numerous repairs to the exterior as well. The exterior of the building needs additional attention which including roof repair, window/door replacement and exterior surface treatment. As the third and final project on our list at Point No Point, the first Light Station built in Puget Sound, located in Kitsap County will be completely restored.
After this, regular maintenance of the station will become part of our annual operations at the U.S. Lighthouse Society and our partner Kitsap County Parks and Recreation.