National Lighthouse Day

In celebration of National Lighthouse Day, Nauset Light Preservation Society will offer a special poster of Nauset Light donated to us by Chris Kelly to the first twenty people who become new members of the society, at any level, during our open house on Sunday, 6th August, 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Membership forms will be available at the lighthouse and the new member will receive the poster and a copy of the 2017 newsletter. The poster is 12” by 18” printed on card stock.
Payment can be by cash or check. Questions should be sent to nlps@nausetlight.org. 

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Full Moon Tour 2016

October 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016, from  6:30pm - 8:00pm.

On the full moon night of Saturday, October 15 bring a flashlight and meet us at the Nauset Light Beach parking lot, off Cable Road in Eastham for our annual Full Moon Tour of Nauset Light. Let us show you the magic of the full moon at Nauset Light.

Moonrise over the Atlantic is at 6:00pm. If you can't join us for the full moon, our Sunday afternoon tours continue through October 30 from 1-4pm.

The David M. Gray Christmas Wreath

December 2013

At the annual meeting of Nauset Light Preservation Society held on December 4, 2013, David M. Gray retired as president. David served four accomplishment-filled years during which time he initiated the complete refurbishment of the light, both inside and outside, thus improving every visitor's experience. David was responsible for contacting Snyder's-Lance, the owner of Cape Cod Potato Chip Company, to assist NLPS in funding the cost of painting Nauset Light. The lighthouse is featured on the Cape Cod Potato Chip bag. Snyder's-Lance graciously paid the entire cost of $42,000. See the June 2013 update below.

A wreath is hung on the lighthouse every year at Christmas. This year, the board of directors of NLPS voted unanimously that from now on, the wreath will be known as "The David M. Gray Christmas Wreath" in honor of David's many contributions to NLPS.

Fresh Paint from Cape Cod Potato Chips

June 2013

It has been a very busy winter and spring for NLPS. Denise Czapracki, a long-time lover of Nauset Light, passed away in November 2011. Her family and friends chose to honor Denise by making memorial donations to NLPS. Through their generosity, we were able to move forward with the repair and repainting of the iron stairway from the base of the tower to the watch room. A contract was signed with J. J. Welding of Wellfleet, and the work was done during this past winter. The concrete floor at the bottom of the tower and the underside of the watch room floor were also painted, so the interior of Nauset Light is in excellent condition once again. We are grateful to the Czapracki family for providing us the opportunity to complete this much-needed project.

The exterior of Nauset Light was last painted in the fall of 2006, and was in need of a new coat of paint. The cost was estimated to be $40,000, a large amount of money for our small group of NLPS volunteers. Our president, David Gray, contacted the president of Snyder's-Lance, the owner of Cape Cod Potato Chips, and asked whether they would consider sponsoring our project, since Nauset Light is pictured on their Cape Cod Potato Chips bag. The president liked the idea, and Snyder's-Lance agreed to provide up to $40,000 for the exterior painting. We gratefully accepted and promptly began the project. Bids were received, and International Chimney Company of Buffalo, New York, the company that moved the light in 1996 and repainted it in 1997, was selected. Work began in May and was completed in early June. Because of several unforeseen repairs. the final cost was $42,000. Snyder's-Lance generously paid the entire amount. We sincerely appreciate the willingness of Snyder's-Lance to underwrite this very important project. Nauset Light is now beautifully restored on both the inside and outside and we are proud to show it off.

''Keepers of the Light'' Award

May 2012

On April 28th, the American Lighthouse Federation presented Nauset Light Preservation Society with the 2012 ''Keeper of the Light'' Award. At the A.L.F. annual Awards Gala held this year at the Sheraton in Eastham, MA. NLPS was one of only two lighthouse organizations honored this year with the American Lighthouse Federation's ''Keeper of the Light'' Award. 

To quote the American Lighthouse Federation:

''The American Lighthouse Foundation's Keeper of the Light Award is designed to honor those individuals from the national lighthouse community who have contributed in a significant manner to the preservation of America's lighthouses and their rich heritage.'' 

With photos and excerpts from our video/DVD ''Rescued'' being projected onto a screen in the background, ALF's Executive Director Bob Trapani recounted to the over 110 members and representatives of lighthouse organizations with stewardship responsibilities for over 22 lighthouses the story of how NLPS had saved Nauset Lighthouse from destruction, moved it to its present location, and now operates, maintains, and interprets it to the public. 

He concluded his remarks with the following:

''In recognition of the organization's indispensable role in the rescuing of Nauset Light from the brink of extinction and its continuing efforts as the steward of this historic landmark, we present the American Lighthouse Foundation's Keeper of the Light Award to the Nauset Light Preservation Society.''

Click here for more on the American Lighthouse Foundation and the full text of the speech.

Left Photo, Eric Davis, President American Lighthouse Federation; Shirley Sabin, NLPS Secretary; David Gray, NLPS President; Carl Ericson, NLPS Treasurer; Bud Griffin, NLPS Board member; and Bob Trapani, Executive Director ALF.

Right Photo: The 2012 American Lighthouse Foundation ''Keeper of the Light'' Award