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Exploring the Lighthouse                     Exploring the Lighthouse



 ...The Program  A Brief History of the Lighthouse...






 own community, we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to visit   SSheringham Point Lighthouse was built in 1912, and illuminated for the   Creation of the Light-
 Sheringham Point Lighthouse, to learn about its history and operations,   first time on September 30 of that year.  house began in 1911,   Under construction - 1912
 to appreciate its significance and understand why it is being conserved.  It      with the purchase of 4
 was also our hope to inspire them – and, through them, their families and   The Lighthouse was built in response to the tragic wreck of the steamship   acres of land from Shir-
 friends – to take a personal interest in further exploring their community   SS Valencia, on January 22, 1906.  En route from San Francisco to Victoria   ley resident Edwin Clark.
 and helping to protect and celebrate the future of the Lighthouse.  and Seattle, late at night and in rough weather, the Valencia missed the   The following year, the
               turn into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and steamed directly on to the rocks   lighthouse tower was
 We developed a short program, called “Exploring the Lighthouse”.  This has   near Pachena Point.  Of the 173 people aboard, 136 were lost.  built, along with a small
 several parts:                                                                    boathouse and a house
 1.  History and Operations – we provide a short presentation outlining            for the lighkeeper and
 the history of the Lighthouse, and also talk about how lighthouses   Newly completed - ca 1912  his family.  The first
 work and their role in maritime safety and community development.                 lightkeeper, Eustace Ar-
 2.  Visit to the Lighthouse – the students visit the Lighthouse to see first-     den, arrived in Septem-
 hand what it’s all about, and to experience its remarkable character              ber, and continued at the
 and ambience.                                                                     site until 1946.
 3.  Reflections – we ask the students to creatively express their impres-
 sions of the Lighthouse site by:  Focused in on the visit to the Lighthouse       The light itself was
 •   Taking photographs while they are at the site, focusing on the                a 3rd Order Fresnel
 features that capture their attention/imagination.                                Lens.  Originally lit by
 •   Writing and illustrating a story (either fictional or non-fic-                oil lamps (and later by
 tion) about a Lighthouse.                                                         electric lamps), it was
 4.  Commemorative Book - we compiled the students’ photographs,                   made up of many prisms
 stories and art work into this commemorative book, which is being   It is the Society’s hope that we will be able to find the resources to make   which focused the light
 provided on-line to all of the children, their families and the whole   this project an annual event, and to include all the schools in the local   into a powerful beam
 school community.  area.                                                          that could be seen up to
                                                                                   25 km away.  The lens ro-


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