Winter Lecture Series – Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Takes Shelter In The Cove
January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Continuing our Winter Lecture Series on the history and preservation of local lighthouses and the maritime culture they fostered along the Lost Coast, part 2 will be offered via Zoom from 6 to 7pm on Tuesday, January 31 and will feature Brenda McLaughlin, historian with the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society. Her talk, Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Takes Shelter In The Cove, will delve into the history of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse from its’ origin in 1856, to the big move in 1998, to its’ new home at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove. In this lecture, we’ll learn more about out how the original location worked for helping ships in the late 1800’s and why the lighthouse needed to be moved. Then we’ll explore the details on how every piece of metal – screws, bolts, etc – were removed from the cliffs of Cape Mendocino and reassembled at the lighthouse reconstruction site. Historical photos will be shared, along with many from the move of the lighthouse through present day, plus a Q&A at the end.
This lecture is a co-presentation of Friends of the Lost Coast and Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society, in partnership with BLM King Range.
Zoom links will be posted HERE and on the homepage at lostcoast.org in advance of Brenda’s lecture.
Brenda J. (Brimhall) McLaughlin lives between Durham and Shelter Cove, CA and serves as the Historian for the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Brenda started going to Shelter Cove in 1968. Parents, Henry (Hank) and Mary Ann Brimhall built a house there in 1976 and moved there permanently in 1990. They were both very active and became involved in the moving and reconstruction of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse in the mid 90’s. Because her Dad was a licensed general contractor, he put his profession to use in helping put the lighthouse back together, piece by piece. They were also instrumental in helping raise funds and served on the Society’s board. In 1999 Hank was officially named the Lighthouse Keeper and performed those duties until his passing in 2004. Mary Ann also served as a docent where she greeted visitors until she moved in 2012. Because of their work, they kept binders full of notes, drawings, minutes of Board meetings, and lots and lots of pictures of the reconstruction process. As a family they took great pride in their involvement. The notes, binders, photos, stories and tales of this feat are now being preserved by Brenda for the family, community, and as Historian of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society. It is her pleasure to share and showcase the lighthouse as part of this lecture series. To learn more about the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society, visit www.capemendocinolighthouse.org.