Broward County Historical Commission Presents "Hillsboro Inlet: The History of the Big Diamond"
  
- October Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program highlights Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse -
  

Hillsbor Lighthouse Logo.

DATE: October 11, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Maria Munoz
Historical Commission
EMAIL: mamunoz@broward.org
PHONE
: 954-357-5553

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, will host its October Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program beginning at noon on Thursday, October 24, 2013. 

The Hillsboro Inlet was once a treacherous location for ships, as there was no lighthouse between what is now Miami and Jupiter. The frequent shipwrecks that occurred  there persuaded a United States Geodetic Survey Team to study the area in 1894. This study ultimately led to the full funding and construction of the lighthouse.
 
Inside, the lantern room houses a beautiful, bi-valve Fresnel Lens that measures 3 meters (9 ft.) in diameter with a 1.7 meter (5 ft.) base. The curved-glass Fresnel lens with diamond-shaped glass elements was something quite new and elegant when it debuted in 1906. Historian Hib Casselberry and others from the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society will share the colorful history of the lighthouse, which is still called "Big Diamond" by locals.

Attendees should bring their own lunch. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is available on the east and west side of the Historical Commission building in parking spaces marked yellow. Guests are advised to avoid parking in the white and black numbered spaces to the south and west of the building. On-street parking is also available on adjacent streets. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission offices at 954-357-5553.

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