Lighthouse Digest editor Timothy Harrison and the United States Lighthouse Society were recently honored at the National Maritime Heritage Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, by the American Lighthouse Council (ALC) with the F. Ross Holland Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest major national honor bestowed by the peers of lighthouse preservation community.
Harrison’s award said in part, “Timothy Harrison has been a major figure in the publication and preservation of Lighthouse Service history and lore, and of news within the lighthouse preservation community.” It went on to talk about the books he has published and authored, and his sponsorship and organization of many lighthouse events and other initiatives. In referring to Harrison’s many awards and honors the ALC award ended by saying, “The American Lighthouse Council is pleased to add to that list the nation’s top lighthouse community honor, the F. Ross Holland Award.”
In honoring the U. S. Lighthouse Society, which was envisioned and founded by Wayne Wheeler, the award said, “As the largest of any of the national lighthouse groups during the early decades of the lighthouse history and preservation community, the U.S. Lighthouse Society has made a wide range of pioneering contributions to the cause of lighthouse heritage in this country.” The award went on to tell of the organizations restoration of two lighthouses and a lightship, its preservation fund to help other lighthouses, their lighthouse tours, and their scholarly publication, The Keeper’s Log.
The ALC award is named for Francis Ross Holland, Jr. (1927-2005) who received the initial Distinguished Service Award that was to henceforth carry his name. Holland, who was a historian for the National Park Service, spent much of his career researching lighthouse history and championing their preservation. His book, American Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History since 1716, first published in 1972 is considered the foremost lighthouse book of its time that was the forerunner to all other lighthouse books since. He also authored Great American Lighthouses in 1995 and Maryland Lighthouses of the Chesapeake in 1997.
The nonprofit ALC was founded in 1998 as the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee but recently changed its name to the American Lighthouse Council.
The American Lighthouse Council is composed of a consortium of lighthouse organizations, stewards and other practitioners dedicated to the preservation, restoration and interpretation of American lighthouses. It is not a traditional lighthouse preservation organization; rather, it is a consensus-driven group presenting the concerns on lighthouse issues with a unified voice. To learn more you can visit their web site at www.AmericanLighthouseCouncil.org.
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