If you are around New York harbor on Thursday, June 8th, from 6 — 7:45 PM, stop by the historic USCG Cutter Lilac at Pier 25 on the Hudson River to celebrate World Oceans Day. The Lilac Preservation Project is hosting “Answering the Ocean’s Call: Stewardship of Our Ocean, Our Future” a program featuring ocean advocates, conservationists, performers and educators who are striving to connect citizens with the waters that sustain us. Speakers will include Mary Crowley, Betsy Damon, Tanja Andrejasic-Wechsler, David Thoreson, and Nina Hitchings. The program is presented in partnership with the Geoversiv Foundation and Our Humanity Matters. Please register if you plan to attend. Admission is free, but space is limited.
Lilac is a retired 1933 Coast Guard cutter that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys. Decommissioned in 1972, USCGC Lilac is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark.