St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum unveils 1941 Coast Guard Barracks

Members of the US Coast Guard are shown in the 1940s in the barracks built on the grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Contributed photo

May 31 event will also celebrate opening of US Coast Guard Art Exhibition

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Join the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum from 7-9  PM Thursday, May 31, as we host a Swingin’ Soiree to celebrate the official opening of the US Coast Guard Art Exhibition, which will be located in our newly restored 1941 Coastal Lookout Quarters (Barracks).

The event will include complimentary wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres including a shrimp & grits martini bar, antipasto skewers, beef and blue crostini, Italian herb & parmesan stuffed mushrooms, along with brie & apple, and raspberry jam filo cups.

Live music by the Alley Katz will feature a tasteful blend of jazz classics and multi-era pop including 1940s classics. Swing dance demonstrations will also take place. Dress code is 1940s attire or Business Casual.  

A silent auction will include gift certificates from St. Augustine restaurants and attractions.

Tickets are $50 per person and will benefit a new permanent exhibit, “The First Coast Response to WWII.” To purchase tickets, call Jennifer at 904-829-0735 ext. 220 or purchase online at staugustinelighthouse.org

An art piece that will be on view in the newly renovated 1941 Coastal Lookout Quarters.

US Coast Guard Art Exhibition

Guests at the Swingin’ Soiree will view artwork in the 1941 Coastal Lookout Quarters. This collection brings to life the daily missions performed by the more than 41,000 men and women of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The artists who have contributed works to this collection consist of both civilian as well as US Coast Guardsmen and women. These volunteer artists, most of whom are professional artists, work in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and even pencil.

“The 2017 collection has 33 one-of-a-kind works in it and we will have 10 on display,” said Scott Smith, Museum Support Specialist and exhibit coordinator.

“The main reason I enjoy this collection is because it shows the daily duties performed by the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. My hope for this exhibit is that it will not only educate our visitors but perhaps inspire as well.”  

The COGAP (Coast Guard Art Program) has over 2,000 works of art in its collection. This particular part of the collection captures the experience of actual service in the USCG.

Art from this program is exhibited in museums all over the country and is used by the COGAP to educate diverse audiences about the Coast Guard.  

ABOUT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM:

A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. (StAugustineLighthouse.org)

ABOUT THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS:

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. (www.aam-us.org)

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