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The U.S. Lighthouse Society - The Keeper's Log

The Thread That Binds the Society

The Keeper's Log, a 48-page, glossy quarterly is the thread that binds the Society. The first section is historical in nature, featuring a famous American lighthouse as the cover story, followed by a human-interest article and, often, a foreign lighthouse story.

Other subjects explored in this section are related aids-to-navigation (history of lightships, fog signals, etc.) and a technical section called Clockworks. Some issues also feature Pages from the Past (excerpts from actual light keeper's logs), and articles reprinted from the U.S. Lighthouse Service Bulletins, published monthly from 1912-1939.

The second section, Notice to Keepers, is contemporary, telling about current events in our five Districts (New England, North Atlantic, South Atlantic & Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and West Coast). In this section you'll find information about newly restored light stations, those open to the public, groups looking for caretakers for their light stations, and even the occasional lighthouse for sale. Also featured in the second section of The Keeper's Log are book and video reviews, foreign affairs, letters to the head keeper, poetry and a few, select ads featuring lighthouse merchandise for sale. The entire Keeper's Log is laced with historic and contemporary photographs.

The History of Lighthouses

Interested in the history of lighthouses?
Click here to read a selection of in-depth, historic pieces taken from past issues of The Keeper's Log journal. Among others, read about Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (ME), Thomas Point Shoal (MD) & West Quoddy Head (ME). This area of our website also features technical articles including a fascinating series about Fresnel Lenses.

The Keeper's Log - Complete Subject Index

Click here for a subject index of every article written in The Keeper's Log since we began publishing back in 1984! If you are doing research or just looking for an article about your favorite lighthouse, this is a great place to start.


The Keeper's Log is a benefit of membership in the U.S. Lighthouse Society. To learn more, please visit the Membership section of this site.


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