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meeting, Dec 8 -
Holiday Luncheon Meeting
Diner/Restaurant, Bordentown, NJ
This is a Thank
You Meeting for NJLHS
members. Many members who
attended the September
meeting have already paid
the $15 donation for the
Any members who
wish to attend the December 8th
our treasurer, to make a
reservation or to ask
questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
reservations as soon as
possible. After the
reservation is made, the
treasure will email
you her address to send the
name of each
member attending with
your check of $15
each adult member and $10 for
each child 12 and under.
check out to NJLHS.
this is a Thank You to
all our members for their help
throughout the year. Therefore,
we will be following the same
rules as trips. You must be
a member. Because of the
cost of the luncheon and the
fact that Mastoris’ must
have an exact count, payment
due by DECEMBER1st.
BASKETS; SETUP; SIGN-IN
AM ARRIVAL- SIGN IN,
2019 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL,
FILL OUT AND RETURN
AM GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
PM FINISH MEETING, IF
PM PROGRAM / TBA
PM OTHER ACTIVITIES
Auction – December 8
you enjoyed the baskets at past
holiday luncheons? LOTS of hard
work by Karl and Anne Fahringer
went into making those baskets.
They will not be doing the baskets
this year. Time for them to have a
break and travel. So, we will try
a different approach where we all
share in the work. You are invited
to bring a completed basket to the
holiday luncheon. If you decide to
bring a basket, here are the guidelines:
The basket and
contents should be worth at least
Items should be
new, unless a "collectable".
or larger card listing the
contents of your basket should be
attached. Print NEATLY so that all
basket in a clear plastic bag will
make it easier to transport and let
people see the contents. A
"basket" is NOT required. A
decorative bag could be used. Books
or puzzles could be tied together.
send an email to email@example.com telling what you are
planning to bring-- just so we
have an idea of how many and what
kind of baskets are being brought.
You are still welcome to bring a
basket that day even if you haven't
told us in advance.
Gift Cards - Can
you get donations from your favorite
NOTE: If you do not
have $25 worth of gift cards or
lottery scratch offs, bring what you
have and we will merge donations
TO BE VOTED ON AT DECEMBER MEETING
CHAIRED BY APRYLROACH
TREASURERFAITH GIAMBOI (incumbent)
DIRECTORROBERT RODGERS (incumbent)
DIRECTORLORETTA WILKINS (incumbent)
ALAN JACOBSON (1-year to
finish K. Eustace term)
Directions: From Rt 195: Westbound
- Take exit 5B onto Rt 130 South.
Mastoris will be about 5 miles down
on your right just before the merge
with Rt 206.
Eastbound - Take exit 5A onto Rt 130
Mastoris will be about 5 miles
down on your right just before the
merge with Rt 206.
From NJ TPK: North and Southbound - Take
exit 7 and go North on Rt 206 for
about 1 1/2 miles, merging with
North. Keep to the left. When Rt
130 bears off to the right, keep
206 North then move right
and slow down. The
entrance to Mastoris comes up
and will be just a few hundred
feet ahead on your
From Rt 130: Northbound - After merging
with Rt 206 in Bordentown, Keep to
the left. When Rt 130 bears off
to the right, keep left onto
Rt 206 North then move right
and slow down. The
entrance to Mastoris comes up
quickly and will be just a few
hundred feet ahead on
your right. Southbound - After passing under
Rt 195, Mastoris
will be about 5 miles down on your
before the merge
with Rt 206.
From Rt 295: Northbound - Take exit 57 onto
Rt 130 North. Follow directions
above for Rt 130 Northbound.
Route 206N on the left
Route 130S on the right
2019 MEETING DATES:
March 23 -
PICTURES FROM THE
JUNE 25TH 2016, MEETING CELEBRATING 26 YEARS SINCE NJLHS FIRST
VISITED A LIGHTHOUSE AS AN ORGANIZATION
BY VISITING ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE. READ INFORMATION
ABOUT THE LIGHTHOUSE
A special THANK YOU to Mike
McGowan for taking the pictures
Absecon Lighthouse: Once in Atlantic City, turn
north on either Atlantic Ave. or Pacific Ave. From
turn left onto Rhode Island Ave. and park in front of
the lighthouse, or turn left on Vermont Ave. and use
parking lot on lighthouse property.
From Atlantic Ave., turn right onto either Rhode Island
Ave. or Vermont Ave.
the building of Absecon Lighthouse: August 1854.
Land for the lighthouse
was transferred to the federal government by the Camden
and Atlantic Land Company on December 5, 1854 for the
sum of $520.
The engineer was Lt.
George Gordon Meade (of the Battle of Gettysburg, Civil
War fame). Construction was started by Major Hartman
continued by Lt. George Meade and completed by Lt. Col.
Absecon Lighthouse was
first lighted: January 15, 1857
white light of the first order
Lens: Made by L. Sautter
of Paris, France in 1854 especially for Absecon
Height from ground to
top of ventilator: 171”
Steps to watch room:
228, 12 more to lantern room for a total of 240 steps
Focal plane: 167”
Range: 19.5 nautical
miles or 20 standard miles
Diameter: at base- 26”
4’ – at top: 12”
Inside diameter: 10”
from ground to watch room
Bricks used for original
Decommissioned July 11,
outside color of the tower changed many times):
1857: Natural brick
1871: White, red, white
1897: Orange, black, orange
Early 1900’s: Yellow, black, yellow (1902 or
(Decommissioned on July 11, 1933)
1948: White, blue, white (with a blue lantern
room) Owned by the city of Atlantic
City. These were the city’s colors.
Early 1970’s:White, red, white (for second time)
now owned by state of NJ.
1998: Yellow, black, yellow (These were the
colors that it wore for the longest
period of time. Also the colors it was painted
during the period
of interpretations selected for historic reasons
(From the time the lantern
was electrified  to the time it was
Placed on New
Jersey Register of Historic Places: (August 13 or
September 11, 1970)
Placed on National
Register of Historic Places: January 25, 1971
of Absecon Lighthouse:
Daniel L. Scull – 1857
William Bartlett - 1861
John F. Nixon – 1865
Abraham G. Wolf – 1873
Thomas Bills – 1896
Knud Hanson 1914
In addition to the
principal keeper, there were two assistant keepers.
At least 26 men and one
woman held the title of Keeper of Absecon Lighthouse
during its years as an active aide to navigation.
Lighthouse’s 76 years of service at least fourteen
children were born there and at least seven people,
including one infant, died there.
1988: The Inlet
Public/Private Association (IPPA) was formed to
advocate for the redevelopment of the Inlet section of
It immediately adopted the lighthouse as its logo.
1994 - 1995: The IPPA
adopted Absecon Lighthouse for restoration purposes and
had a Historic Structure Report done with a $50,000
grant from the city of Atlantic City. Architectural Firm
of Watson & Henry prepared the HSR.
1997: Restoration of
tower and reconstruction of keeper’s house were started.
1998: On July 6th,
the nearly completed keeper’s residence was lost in a
fire. The tower was not harmed.
1999: The tower was
opened to visitors in April. The lantern was relit on a
2000: Rebuilding of the
keeper’s residence was once more resumed.
2001: The newly
reconstructed keeper’s house was opened to the public in
is owned by the State of New Jersey,
Division of Parks
It is leased to
the IPPA for restoration and operation.