Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society

Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society The Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society, "rLAMPs", is the tradename of The Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Operating as usual

07/26/2020
Racine Reef Crib

This video shows the sad state of the Racine Reef Light Crib. This video was posted on rlamps.org a short while ago.

A look at the status and deterioration of the Racine Reef Light Crib

03/22/2020

Because of the COVID-19 guidelines, we have cancelled both our April 6th and May 14th Education Nights. We hope to be back in the Fall on September 8th. We will have a presentation on the Lady Elgin disaster on the anniversary of that tragic event.

Stay safe and see you in the fall.

Another outstanding crowd for our Education Night Program last night at Dewey’s.Steve Radovan’s Program on Lake Michigan...
09/13/2019

Another outstanding crowd for our Education Night Program last night at Dewey’s.
Steve Radovan’s Program on Lake Michigan’s oldest discover wreck was fantastic! Here are a few Picts.

Our next program is Nov 7th on the history of model ship building. Watch for more details.

A couple of images taken last Thursday during the gale. Taken from about 2.5 miles away at the end of 16th street. Sony ...
04/15/2019

A couple of images taken last Thursday during the gale. Taken from about 2.5 miles away at the end of 16th street. Sony a7ll with Sony 70-300 G lens.

Last Thursday’s Education Night on the Sunken Treasure of Poverty Island was a huge success. Between 70-80 people attend...
02/11/2019

Last Thursday’s Education Night on the Sunken Treasure of Poverty Island was a huge success. Between 70-80 people attended this interesting program put on by Richard Bennett. Thank you to all who attended. We’ll post some pictures soon.

Our next program isn’t until May, and will be on Shipwrecks on markers on the perilous Racine Reef. RLAMPS historian Bob Jaeck will be the key speaker with Jim Charnon assisting. Watch for more information in the upcoming weeks.

www.rlamps.org

Here are some pictures of the event.

02/01/2019

Remember to make your reservations for this upcoming Thursday night’s program: The Sunken Treasure of Poverty Island.

For anyone looking for discounted Wind Point Lighthouse logoed items , we still have a selection of items available from...
01/02/2019
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For anyone looking for discounted Wind Point Lighthouse logoed items , we still have a selection of items available from our web site www.rlamps.org. Just click on the SHOP button on the main menu bar to see what’s available.

Lighthouse and Maritime History of Racine, WI.

As we come to the close of 2018, we would like to say “thank you” to all of our members for their continued support of o...
12/26/2018
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As we come to the close of 2018, we would like to say “thank you” to all of our members for their continued support of our mission with a special thank you to those business that have made donations our provided grant money to our organization, with a very special thank you to TCF Bank for their very generous grant. Our supporters are:

TCF Bank
Johnson Bank
Dewey’s
Educators Credit Union
Mocha Lisa Coffeehouse
Jim Charnon Photography

If you would like to make a donation to RLAMPS (Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society), you can do so by going to our web page www.rlamps.org , or from our page.

We look forward to a great 2019, and have some great Education Nights planned and in the works.

Happy New Year.

Lighthouse and Maritime History of Racine, WI.

12/12/2018

All of us from the RLAMPS board would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Great turnout last night for our program on the Eastland Disaster. Todd Gordon did a great job of taking us through the ...
11/09/2018

Great turnout last night for our program on the Eastland Disaster. Todd Gordon did a great job of taking us through the entire life story of the Eastland before and after the tragedy in the Chicago River, when 800 people lost their lives. We’ll post a few pictures soon.

Our next program isn’t until Feb 7th next year, but it’ll be a good one: The Lost Treasure of Poverty Island. Check out our web site for more info, and we’ll be loading a poster up soon.

Our new video of some historic images of life on and in the Racine Reef Lighthouse from 1940 is now available on our web...
10/31/2018
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Our new video of some historic images of life on and in the Racine Reef Lighthouse from 1940 is now available on our web site www.rlamps.org under the video-home menu.
Enjoy.

Lighthouse and Maritime History of Racine, WI.

Coming soon! We’ll soon be putting up a new slideshow of the historic pictures we licensed of life on and the inside of ...
10/26/2018
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Coming soon! We’ll soon be putting up a new slideshow of the historic pictures we licensed of life on and the inside of the Racine Reef Lighthouse. There aren’t many but are the only ones known to exist. The show will also be added to our web site www.rlamps.org

Lighthouse and Maritime History of Racine, WI.

10/14/2018

As September 4, 2018 passed by we remember The Racine Reef Lighthouse Keeper William Penn Larson who lost his life 100 years before, on September 4, 1918.

In the afternoon of September 4, 1918 around 3:30pm Lighthouse Keeper Larson was intent on returning to Racine Harbor from his Lighthouse Station on the Racine Reef about 2 miles off shore East of Racine, in a small row boat. With a strong North East gale blowing at the time, another Lighthouse assistance tried to convince Keeper Larson to not proceed with his journey to shore. With the dangerous Racine Reef between Keeper Larson's station, and the safety of the harbor, they could see the large roaring waves that were lifting and curling over looking like a boiling mass of water. Keeper Larson laughed it off, and shoved away from the Racine Reef Lighthouse, he rowed for just a few minutes before his small vessel capsized spilling him out then righting itself, Keeper Larson was seen struggling for a few moments then quickly sank from sight and was he gone, it was terrible sight to witness.

Early October of 1918 the body of William Larson with only his shoes on washed ashore at New Buffalo, Michigan. He leaves behind a widow, 14 year old son, his brother, and other relatives living in the area.

Last Thursday’s program on the Fish tug Palmer was a huge success. Approximately 90 people attended including some of th...
09/25/2018

Last Thursday’s program on the Fish tug Palmer was a huge success. Approximately 90 people attended including some of the family members of one time owners of the tug. Our Ron Luttrell’s extensive research really paid off in terms of details and facts that were little know, if at all, to many attending. Many historic pictures of the early Palmer and it’s sister tug were included in the presentation along with almost a step by step series of photos covering its raising from the bottom of the river. Ron also brought along a few artifacts from the Palmer. All in all, a great evening. Here are some pictures from the event.

09/21/2018

Great turnout last night for our program on the Fish tug Palmer. Ron Luttrell did an excellent job.

Our next program, Nov 8th is on the Eastland Disaster. Watch for more info on our web site and here in the next few days.

Here’s a link to the Journal’s article on our upcoming presentation on the Fish tug Palmer.https://journaltimes.com/life...
09/02/2018
Racine's sunken Palmer is topic of maritime program

Here’s a link to the Journal’s article on our upcoming presentation on the Fish tug Palmer.

https://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/racine-s-sunken-palmer-is-topic-of-maritime-program/article_7ee7bebc-4777-5fb9-8862-7f549ba7e37b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Racine has always been a hub of maritime activity. Various vessels have come and gone. The earliest were Native American canoes, later European settlers arrived with sailboats then steamships. Today

08/19/2018

Our group recently received a license to a number of historic images related to the Racine Reef Lighthouse. We are in the process of digitally reproducing them for use on our web site and periodically here on our Facebook book page. We were very lucky to have licensed these images and are anxious to share them in the upcoming weeks/months.

08/14/2018

Our first program for 2019 has been confirmed. Dr. Richard Bennett will be discussing the treasure of Poverty Island. Program date is Feb 7, 2019

Watch for further details.

The Racine Reef Light in 2016 - First image.The Racine Reef Light today - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th image.The power of the Lake.
08/01/2018

The Racine Reef Light in 2016 - First image.
The Racine Reef Light today - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th image.
The power of the Lake.

08/01/2018

Unfortunately the Preservation Racine Tour has been cancelled this year. The first time in the groups history. Lack of participation and volunteers were mentioned as contributing to the decision.

06/17/2018

We are very pleased and fortunate to be adding two new members to our Board of Directors; Bill and Linda Frank. Both come with background and experience that will help our organization positively move forward in a number of areas.
Welcome, Bill and Linda!
Great to have you on the Board!

05/19/2018

Our exhibit at Real Racine is really coming along. In the past two weeks we have added a digital frame which has a number of programs for viewing and this week we moved our diorama of Racine’s very first Lighthouse, the Root River Lighthouse to Real Racine. Here’s at short video tour.

Update: our diorama of Racine’s very first Lighthouse, the Root River Lighthouse has been moved to Real Racine to comple...
05/17/2018

Update: our diorama of Racine’s very first Lighthouse, the Root River Lighthouse has been moved to Real Racine to complement other information posted there about it and to further enhance the exhibit we have developed there. Stop out and take a look. Both of our dioramas, Wind Point Lighthouse (1900), and now the Root River Lighthouse are very interesting pieces.

Our Education Night program Thursday night was very well received and attended. We want to thank all for your continuing...
05/12/2018

Our Education Night program Thursday night was very well received and attended. We want to thank all for your continuing support. Our next program is Sep 20th and will be on Racine’s Fish tug the Palmer. Our speaker will be rLAMPs board member Ron Luttrell. It’s sure to be interesting. Here are a couple of pics from Thursday night.

04/30/2018

Today we completed the first phase of our exhibit at Real Racine. A new 30x40 poster about Racine’s first Lighthouse and early harbor development plans was installed, a beautiful picture of Wind Point Lighthouse from the east (i.e. the water) was hung, and our new digital frame was installed with several interesting programs available for viewing...more to come in the future. So, we are set for Open House Racine County. I will be at Real Racine on Sat from about 1 to 3 to answer any questions about rLAMPs.

I will also be at Real Racine EARLY Friday morning to participate in a short segment of Live at Daybreak with Paul Holly from Real Racine for Milwaukee TV. If you’re up early enough maybe you can catch it.

04/26/2018

Our presentation at the Racine Public Library went well, but we were a little disappointed in the size of the crowd. However, you never know what to expect and in the end, it made for an intimate and comfortable conversation/presentation. We want to thank the Racine Public Library for the opportunity to participate in their education programming and would welcome an opportunity in the future to do another session on some related topic. A big thank you to all who attended and the our fellow rLAMPs members who were present in support. Thanks also to Bob Jaeck our group historian for the hours he spent accumulating interesting information related to the topic of our program.
Again, thank you to all participants and attendees.

Open House Racine County, May 5th. Be sure to stop in at Real Racine to see our continuously developing exhibit of marit...
04/22/2018

Open House Racine County, May 5th. Be sure to stop in at Real Racine to see our continuously developing exhibit of maritime artifacts, and to view programming that will be available on our new digital frame. The frame isn’t there yet, but it will be by May 5th. The programming we have loaded is just the beginning and as time goes by new movies/programs will be added. Also, from 1 to 4 they will be having a wine and Kringle tasting. Cool! Sip a glass of wine and enjoy our exhibit. I will be there for at least some of the time so stop and say Hi.

We have now activated a “Donate” button on our page. The link to it is Facebook.com/RacineMaritimeHistory. Once...
04/12/2018
Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society

We have now activated a “Donate” button on our page. The link to it is Facebook.com/RacineMaritimeHistory. Once you hit the button, it will ask you if you want to “continue”. By pressing the “continue link you’ll be redirected to our home web page www.rlamps.org, where you’ll find a bright yellow Donate button right on the home page. Clicking this button will take you to a PayPal page where you can make the donation amount you selected. You do not have to have a PayPal account to complete the donation. This may sound very complicated, but it’s really very simple to do. RLAMPs appreciates any and all donations to support our mission. The programs and many of the speakers we bring in require a fee, which rlamps pays, without charging an admission fee. We’d like to keep the programs free to the public, so feel free to make a donation😄.

The Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society, "rLAMPs", is the tradename of The Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

04/06/2018

Our digital frame programs are coming along. So far we have loaded these videos:

Exploring the remains of the original reef light beacon via an underwater video.

A video with a brief history of all Wind Point Lighthouse Keepers, assistants, and caretakers,

A video of climbing the Wind Point Lighthouse.

A video of various images of Wind Point Lighthouse.

Still working on one or two more before installation at Real Racine, including a video of the presentation we’ll be giving at the Racine Public Library on April 25th about Racine’s first two lighthouses and early harbor development.

We are also in the process of beginning a fund raising effort to help off set the costs of the programs we are offering to the public in hopes that we can keep them free of charge to those attending.

03/29/2018

Just a heads-up for everyone. We anticipate a full house for our Faces of a Fish Empire presentation on May 10th, so we would like to suggest that you make your reservation as soon as possible

03/14/2018

Here’s a look at how our exhibit at Real Racine is shaping up. We will also be adding additional wall displays and a digital frame holding a number of interesting videos and images. Stay tuned!

So, what have we been up to? We’ve been spending a lot of time on projects related to rLAMPs (Racine Lighthouse and Mari...
03/06/2018

So, what have we been up to? We’ve been spending a lot of time on projects related to rLAMPs (Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society) exposure. We’ve been working on a new exhibit out at the Racine Visitors and Convention Bureau that is really coming along. We have a variety of interesting artifacts that are going on display from wrecks in close by Lake Michigan waters. We also have one of the exhibit boards we used at our rLAMPs rollout meeting about Racine’s first Lighthouse that’ll be going up, and we have purchased a nice digital frame on which we are loading with photos and videos. Here’s a pic of our early exhibit progress.
Stop out to take a look when you have a chance,

Our exhibit at Real Racine continues to evolve. This week we added a couple more artifacts from the Kate Kelly along wit...
02/22/2018

Our exhibit at Real Racine continues to evolve. This week we added a couple more artifacts from the Kate Kelly along with several gauges and machine oilers from the car ferry Milwaukee. More yet to come.

Yesterday we started building our exhibit at Real Racine. Watch for upcoming updates.
02/15/2018

Yesterday we started building our exhibit at Real Racine. Watch for upcoming updates.

Upcoming events at North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee. Contact North Point if more information is needed.
02/08/2018

Upcoming events at North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee. Contact North Point if more information is needed.

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Racine, WI
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Hi folks, any activities coming up? Some folks in this area get together monthly to sing sea shanties at Paddy's Pub in Milwaukee. Given your members maritime focus, I though that some of you might like to join us. The next one is Tuesday the 10th at 7:00 PM. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrewCityShantySing/
If you ever need any assistance, let me know