Multimedia Presentations: Point Reyes Lighthouse 150th Anniversary

A cartoon of a lit lighthouse and the Moon adjacent to the words Point Reyes Lighthouse 150 Years of Light. December 1, 2020. 6 pm.

Built in 1870 and first lit on December 1 of that year, the Point Reyes Lighthouse was an important signal for the guidance and safety of mariners who traveled up and down the Northern California coastline. The National Park Service has preserved this historic building and original Fresnel lens since 1975, and continues to tell the story of the light to visitors from far and wide today. Point Reyes National Seashore, with the assistance of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, hosted a special virtual birthday celebration for our favorite lighthouse at 6 pm PST on December 1, 2020. To learn more about this coastal treasure, watch some of the videos below. The first video is the full 37-minute webinar, followed by five shorter videos that were debuted during the webinar.

 
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Duration:
37 minutes, 9 seconds

A video of a webinar held on December 1, 2020, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, featuring video clips of a quick tour of the lighthouse, an interview with the former park archivist/curator, a time lapse video of the reconstruction of the Fresnel lens, interviews of a current ranger and volunteers, and an acknowledgement of the Coast Miwok.

 
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Duration:
1 minute, 56 seconds

A condensed virtual visit to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Climb down the 313 stairs to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Get an up-close look of the first order Fresnel lens and clockwork.

 

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[Alexander Nakarada plays "The Great Battle"]

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Duration:
1 minute, 58 seconds

A two-minute-long time lapse video of the reconstruction of the Point Reyes Lighthouse's Fresnel lens, which occurred from July 8 through July 13, 2019.

 
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Duration:
8 minutes, 38 seconds

A video based on an interview with former Point Reyes National Seashore archivist and curator Carola DeRooy Davis about the history of the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

 
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Duration:
6 minutes, 51 seconds

A current park employee and three park volunteers who help protect and provide visitor services at the Point Reyes Lighthouse share some of their experiences.

 
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Duration:
1 minute, 36 seconds

A one-and-one-half-minute-long video acknowledging that Point Reyes National Seashore and the Point Reyes Lighthouse are on ancestral Coast Miwok land.

 

Last updated: December 17, 2020

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