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Navesink Lighthouse and Robbins Reef Lighthouse: Lighting the Way through New York Bay—Supplementary Resources

By looking at Navesink Lighthouse and Robbins Reef Lighthouse: Lighting the Way through New York Bay, students learn about two historic lighthouses that illustrate how technological advancements contributed to maritime safety and commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries and about the isolated, often routine, but sometimes heroic lives led by their keepers. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of materials.

Maritime Heritage Program
This National Park Service program is devoted to interpreting and preserving America’s maritime heritage. Included on the website is detailed information about lighthouses, lighthouse keepers, the lighthouse establishment, and much more.

Maritime History
The National Register of Historic Places travel itinerary on the Maritime History of Massachusetts includes detailed information about lighthouses and other historic places that tell the story of the state's complex relationship with the sea. There are also additional Teaching with Historic Places lessons that consider important aspects of maritime history.

U.S. Coast Guard
This website provides detailed information about the Coast Guard’s mission today, as well as on the over 200-year history of this maritime service. Learn how the role of this organization has changed and adapted over time.

U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office
This website provides information about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, as well as a variety of other topics. It also links to historical bibliographies, photographs, and images.

U.S. Coast Guard Light List
The Light List continues to be published by the U.S. Coast Guard to keep mariners informed about all aids to navigation in U.S. waters.

U.S. Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record Collection
Search under the keyword "lighthouses" in the HABS/HAER collection for photographs and other documentation for 167 lighthouses nationwide. HABS/HAER is a division of the National Park Service.

National Archives and Records Administration
The historical records of the Bureau of Lighthouses and its predecessor agencies, beginning in 1785 and ending in 1951, are included in the Records of the United States Coast Guard (Record Group 26). A finding aid is available online.

Navesink Lighthouse
Visit this website to learn more about the history of Navesink Lighthouse, see historical photos and images, and find out about visiting the Twin Lights Historic Site.  You can view a visual tour of the lighthouse on the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry website.

New Jersey Lighthouse Society
This website is maintained by the New Jersey Lighthouse Society (NJLHS), a non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the history and preservation of lighthouses everywhere, but particularly in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay, and New York Harbor areas.

Seeing the Light—Lighthouse Illumination Technology through the Years
This website provides information, photos, and diagrams related to lighthouse illumination technology from the earliest Argand lamps to the most modern equipment.

The Fresnel Lens—“The Shining Eye of the Lighthouse”
To learn more read this online article, which includes photos of Fresnel lenses and diagrams showing how they work.

For Further Reading
Those wishing to learn more about The Lighthouse Board, lighthouses, lighting technology, and lighthouse keepers may want to read: Francis Ross Holland, Jr. America’s Lighthouses: An Illustrated History (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1988); David Veasey, Guarding New Jersey’s Shore: Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000); J. Candace Clifford and Mary Louise Clifford, Nineteenth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses (Alexandria: Cypress Communications, 2000); Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford, Women who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers (Alexandria: Cypress Communications, 2000) and Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford and, Mind the Light Katie: The History of Thirty-Three Female Lighthouse Keepers (Alexandria: Cypress Communications, 2006).

 

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