Membership and merchandise sales increased dramatically in 1996
The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Annual meeting was held September 10,
1996 before a packed house at the Jamestown
Philomenian Library. The slate of officers elected were:
President: Anthony J. Faria
Vice-President: June L. Webb
Treasurer: Craig Armington
Secretary: Alden Walls, Jr.
Directors: David Clem
Jean Y. Boschen
Elinor DeWire who has written five books on the subject of lighthouses
and published over 100 magazine articles about lighthouses was the keynote
speaker. Combining history, lore and nostalgic stories with wonderful photographs
of her journeys around the world researching lighthouses, Ms. DeWire presented
a fascinating lecture.
President's Annual Report
1996 was a year for many changes at the beavertail Lighthouse museum. Most
notable was a complete remodeling of the back room for use as a sales area.
This created considerably more space for the display of additional merchandise
and in turn resulted in a more than 5% increase in sales. In addition,
new shelving was purchased for the upstairs storage area. This enabled
the merchandise committee to establish an efficient inventory control system
Museum volunteers staffed sales booths at the Conanicut Island Art
Association Christmas Sale and at the Jamestown Ferry Days exhibit
this summer. Beavertail merchandise sales at both events were very gratifying.
The Annual Christmas Raffle was also very successful. Sincere thanks
to all the volunteers who staffed sales booths or sold tickets for these
important fund raising events.
Internally, two new committees were formed this year. The Exhibit Committee
(Chairperson, Charlotte Head) evaluates and updates present and future
exhibits. Several new displays were added this past year and for 1997 the
committee is enlisting the help of Jamestown's renowned Walter Schroeder
to help in the planning of a new exhibit. The Merchandise Committee (Chairperson,
June L. Webb) is responsible for the evaluation of current and future sales
merchandise. This committee is establishing an efficient perpetual inventory
system. Members of both committees devoted many hours of work establishing
guidelines and procedures, as well as selecting new merchandise and exhibits.
Sincere thanks to all committee members. The work you put forth contributed
a great deal to the increase in our merchandise sales this year.
Treasurer Craig W. Armington reported at the Annual Meeting that as
of September 10, 1996 dues income from memberships was $2,995.00. Our newest
category is INDIVIDUAL LIFE MEMBERSHIP ($100). Our membership increased
approximately 25% this year. Museum Gift Shop sales of $14,490 represented
a $6,241 increase over last year.
I would like to thank each and everyone who made 1996 a very successful
Tidal Pool Excursions
Pat Venable, Jamestown's resident marine biologist, reports that the tide
pool excursions this summer were once again very successful. They were
well attended by many children accompanied by their parents.
Lighthouse Keeper Comes Home
Former lighthouse keeper, John K. Martin and his wife Margaret of Lynchburg,
Virginia made a "trip home" to Beavertail this summer. Twenty seven years
ago, John was the next to last Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper of Beavertail.
Karen Osenton and Helen Gorman, volunteers the day the Martins visited,
were enthralled by John's stories of the various happenings that occurred
at the Beavertail Lighthouse. Incidentally, John Martin is a retired Coast
Guard Chief Petty Officer and would love to come back to their former home.
Watch out, Clayton!
Exhibits Committee Plans for the Future
Next time you are out at the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, look for the
following displays and modifications which have been added in the last
Over the winter, the Exhibits Committee will be working on or evaluating
the following projects:
There is a stone marker loaned by the Historical Society which marks the
foundation of the original Beavertail Lighthouse. This marker is supported
in a wooden holder, custom made and donated by Jack Willis. A photograph
of the marker as it stood before being knocked down by Hurricane Bob is
part of the new display along with text describing the significance of
the stone marker.
Note also the updated photos of Rose Island Lighthouse and Block Island
Southeast Lighthouse to their fully restored present condition. Text on
these display panels was also updated.
The Exhibits Committee has found it very challenging to consider display
of additional items, since space is very limited! Please call Charlotte
Head at 294-1205 if you have any suggestions regarding Exhibits Committee
Improved preservation and restoration of the large, stuffed striped bass.
Replacement of outdated signs (by the museum door and by the street) to
reflect BLMA as the organization managing the museum and to accurately
reflect the hours the museum is open.
Review contents of the scrapbooks and consider having more information
of historical interest available but not on display.
Designing and erecting a panel to be located outside the lighthouse indicating
the locations of other lighthouses visible from Beavertail (in the same
manner as mountain peaks are identified from other mountain peaks).
More professional display of the Robert Dennis lighthouse models.
Display of Beavertail photos during World War II showing military readiness.
A display with explanation of how lighthouse lenses work and their nautical
Museum personnel will be staffing a sales booth at the HOLIDAY ARTS AND
CRAFTS SHOW at the Melrose Avenue School on Saturday, December 7, 1996.
Since BLMA will not be having a raffle or December Open House this year,
anyone who wishes to purchase Beavertail items for the holidays should
do so at the show.
Interested in helping out? Please call Diane at 423-2011. We
BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
DUES AND EXPIRATION DATES ARE REVISED
This newsletter will reach 175 family units, an increase of approximately
41 over last year.
Your Board of Directors has voted to increase individual membership
dues and revise the term of yearly membership to coincide with the calendar
year. Therefore, new memberships or renewals received in 1997 will expire
December 31, 1998 (a bonus of 6 months).
New Dues Rates:
 Individual, Life -- $100.00
 Individual, One Year -- 15.00
 Family, One Year -- 25.00
 Student, One Year -- 5.00
 Sponsor, One Year -- 50.00
Have you renewed your BLMA membership? If so, Thank you for your continued
support. If not, please do so today. We need your help to keep the light
To learn more about the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association write
Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association
P. O. Box 83
Jamestown, RI 02835