Eastern National Joins Cape Cod National Seashore for 20th Anniversary Celebration of Highland Light Move
Government officials and community members will gather July 12 for a ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic move of the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, MA. In 1996, the lighthouse was moved 450 feet back to safer ground, thanks to a six-year, grassroots effort by local volunteers to preserve the oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod.
For over 200 years, the lighthouse stood on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, warning seafarers of the treacherous coastline. By the early 1990s, because of the ongoing forces of nature over time, it sat just 100 feet from an eroding cliff edge. In 1996, the lighthouse was moved 450 feet back to safer ground, thanks to a six-year, grassroots effort by local volunteers to preserve it.
Featured speakers will include Eastern National President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin C. Kissling and Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George E. Price, Jr. Additional speakers will include Massachusetts State Representative Sarah K. Peake, 4th Barnstable District; Maureen Burgess, Truro Board of Selectmen; and Mark Forest, who, as a member of Congressman Gerry E. Studds’ staff, helped coordinate the federal and state efforts to fund the relocation and restoration of Highland Light and Nauset Light. Guests will also enjoy a performance by the Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band of Cape Cod.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Highland Lighthouse at (508) 487-1121, visit www.highlandlighthouse.org, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HighlandLighthouse.
The Highland Lighthouse is owned by the National Park Service as part of Cape Cod National Seashore and is located at 27 Highland Light Road in North Truro, Massachusetts. Guided tours and the Highland Light Keeper’s Shop are operated by Eastern National. As a not-for-profit partner of the National Park Service, Eastern National donates all proceeds from the Keeper’s Shop and guided tours to Cape Cod National Seashore to preserve, protect, and maintain the historic Highland Lighthouse and to support educational and interpretive programs. Eastern National has partnered with Cape Cod National Seashore since 1963.
Eastern National, a not-for-profit cooperating association, promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services. Since 1947, Eastern National has donated over $135 million to the National Park Service in the form of direct donations and grants that support vital educational and interpretive programs in America’s national parks. Learn more at www.EasternNational.org.