National
                                Lighthouse Museum
National Lighthouse Museum
www.lighthousemuseum.org
Promenade at Lighthouse Point #200 - PO Box 10296
Staten Island, New York 10301
info@lighthousemuseum.org
Tel. # 718 390 0040


Future of iconic Staten Island Lighthouse in hands of those linked to its past
We'd like to share this article posted on SILive written by Dr. Gracelyn Santos - gsantos@siadvance.com. The National Lighthouse Museum and Esposito Family have combined forces to maintain the Staten Island Range Light
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The iconic 1912 Staten Island Island Lighthouse, located on Lighthouse Hill, is under new stewardship, it was recently announced. 
The U.S. Coast Guard has entrusted the care of the lighthouse to the National Lighthouse Museum and the family of the late Joseph N. Esposito, who served as the caretaker of the lighthouse from 1992 until his retirement in 2001. 
Partnering with Elizabeth A. Campbell (nee Esposito) and the rest of the Esposito family, the museum will be responsible for the yard and tower maintenance. 
“I am so honored to say that the legacy of my father, ‘Lighthouse Joe,’ will continue through his children and grandchildren who will now care for the lighthouse as he did," said Campbell.
Esposito, who was dedicated to the preservation of lighthouses, died in 2005. 
Pictured above is the Esposito family along with Tina Cuadrado, curator of the National Lighthouse Museum, and Johnny Rivera of the U.S. Coast Guard. 
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 PRESS RELEASE Lighthouses of Great Britain: A Rare Exhibit of Antique Prints The National Lighthouse Museum will exhibit a selection of antique prints of lighthouses from Great Britain, past and present, opening on Thursday, January 13th and on display through Sunday, March 13th , 2022, curated by Danielle Mann. Lighthouses of Great Britain is inspired by the visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who is the Honorary Chair of the National Lighthouse Museum’s Campaign For Illuminating Future Generations. The selected works of art are part of a collection of 300 pieces donated by Dr. Loren Graham and Dr. Patricia Albjerg Graham and features lighthouses with a unique history, significant engineering importance, and sentimental value to Her Royal Highness. The prints, which DATE BACK to the 1800s, are ORIGINAL WOOD ENGRAVINGS, aquatint or lithograph prints, or news clippings from that time. Several prints also feature HAND PAINTED WATERCOLOR ELEMENTS that make these pieces one of a kind. The works range from MAPS, engineering plans, and artistic renderings of lighthouses and their surrounding areas. Some of the lighthouses in the exhibit no longer exist or have since been altered from their original design. Dr. Loren Graham is a professor emeritus of the history of science at MIT and Harvard University and is a prolific author. One of Dr. Graham’s books is on the history of the Grand Island North Light in Michigan which he purchased over fifty years ago when it was in ruins. The lighthouse has since been restored to a pristine state. During that process, he became interested in antique lighthouse prints and accumulated over 300 of them which he donated to the National Lighthouse Museum. Dr. Patricia Albjerg Graham was the First Woman Dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the Charles Warren Research Professor of the History of American Education, Emerita at Harvard. Aquatint prints are made using a copper plate which is etched into using acid. The plate is covered in an acid-resistant resin in the desired areas to create shadow and tone. After heat is applied to seal the resin onto the plate, the plate is placed into a nitric acid bath for the desired amount of time. The plate is then inked and sent through a printing press onto moist paper creating several copies from one plate. Afterward, color is added using colored plates or, as in the case of some of the antique prints on display, are hand colored with watercolor paints. The National Lighthouse Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and is located at 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, NY 10301...Adjacent to the FREE Staten Island Ferry..for further information ... info@lighthousemuseum.org  Tel.# 718 390 0040 


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