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Father and Son Team Create New Exhibit at Stonington Lighthouse


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Connecticut’s Stonington Lighthouse Museum has a wonderful, new lighthouse exhibit, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the father and son team of Ron and Joe Foster.

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The exhibit was conceived, designed, constructed and donated by the two avid lighthouse aficionados. In fact, Ron is the past president of the New England Lighthouse Lovers (NELL), a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation.

The father and son team first built three wooden sections of the display and painted them. They then joined them with hinges to allow them to conform to the walls in the corner of the museum. Next, they installed an amazing 700 feet of wire, soldering in a network of 40 switches, 80 LED lights, 80 resisters, transformers, connectors, etc. Wow, talk about a lot of soldering!

Then they sorted, printed, mounted and fastened 40 images of the lighthouse in the local region, as well as other related images and information to make the display informative and educational.

Finally, the finishing touches were complete and the day came

to install it. The photos shown here, tell the rest of this amazing story that proves once again that volunteers and dedicated people can make a difference.

We are honored to give the Lighthouse Digest Beacon of Light Award to Ron Foster and Joe Foster for their dedication in making a difference with an exhibit that will be viewed by many people for many years into the future. Our sincere congratulations to Ron Foster and Joe Foster! Your awards are on their way to you.

This story appeared in the July 2006 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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