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Feb 11 2015

“Susan Thurston’s Tea”, an Afternoon Tea Near the Cottage, April 9

A new group of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum has been unveiled, Friends of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. This group is comprised of local and state individuals in an effort to refurbish and restore the Tchefuncte River lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Friends of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage will launch its first event with the “Susan Thurston’s Tea”, an afternoon tea on the grounds near the cottage.

The tea will be Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 2-4:30pm. To be a part of this wonderful group or to reserve your seat for the tea, please call LPBMM at (985)845-9200 or email Reservations to the tea is $35 for single reservations and $280 to reserve a table (8 seats).

Cottage Steps

Susan Thurston Tea Reservations

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Jan 20 2015

Poker Tournament, Saturday, February 7

Poker Feb 2015Click here to go to our Poker Page for more information.

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Dec 04 2014

Out Gift to You, Free Admission for December!

December free admission

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Dec 04 2014

Open House for Madisonville Christmas Parade, December 6

For more information about the Christmas parade and Merry Madisonville, please visit:

Open House Flyer

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Sep 19 2014

Winning Children’s T-Shirt Design Reveal Scheduled Saturday, September 27

Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 am the Maritime Museum will host the public unveiling of the winning t-shirt design from the Children’s Village Art contest.There was over 150 beautiful entries in the themes of “25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival” and “Louisiana Plants and Animals” from grades Kindergarten through 6th grade from all over St. Tammany parish. The judges told us they had a very hard time deciding on the winners. The Grand Prize winning design will be on the official Children’s Village T-shirt for this year’s Wooden Boat Festival and will be on sale at the Festival and in the Maritime Museum’s gift shop.  We would like to thank everyone that submitted a design and we hope you will join on to see the reveal of the winning design! 

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Sep 12 2014

25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival Poster Unveiling, September 18

25thFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Madisonville, La. On Thursday, September 18, 2014, The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will unveil the 2014 Wooden Boat Festival poster from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Abita Roasting Company, 504 Water Street, Madisonville, La. This event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, as the original poster artwork by the talented Don Scafidi is unveiled. Posters, which Don will sign and personalize, will be on sale for $45.00

Don Scafidi, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is a World War II veteran, former ship owner and retired Naval Reserve Officer who has been involved with ships and the sea all of his life. His enduring affair with “all things marine” is reflected not only in his artwork, but also in his long career in the marine industry.

He has created works for multiple museums, including the Battleship Alabama Museum, the Galveston Historical Foundation, the Biloxi Seafood Industry Museum, the National World War II Museum and the New York Fire Academy. He has produced work for eight previous Wooden Boat Festivals, so it’s fitting that he return as the 25th anniversary Poster Artist.

The 25th annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held October 11 – 12 in Madisonville, Louisiana to raise funds to support the ongoing education and historical programming at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, as well as the preservation of the Tchefuncte River Lightstation and Lightkeeper’s Cottage.

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Aug 06 2014

Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, August 23!

Click here to go to our Poker Page for more information and to 2014

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Jul 14 2014

Presenting Anthony “Chopper” Leone’s Lighthouse Collection

LPBMM presents Anthony “Chopper” Leone’s Lighthouse Collection. This one-of-a-kind collection of aerial photographs of The Tchefuncte River Lighthouse are now on sale in the Museum Gift Shop . Styles ranging in sizes from 6″ x 6″ to 20″ x 24″ are on canvas gallery wrapped and flat, or framed and matted with prices ranging from $20.00 to $150.00. All proceeds from sales go to benefit the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse restoration project. Please call Sharon at the Museum for pricing and purchase information, 985-845-9200, or email





table of small pics

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Jun 30 2014

Remembering a Friend

CaptureKenneth Marshall Milstead, August 16, 1935 – June 9, 2014

Kenneth Marshall Milstead passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the age of 78.
Beloved husband of 57 years to Fern Milstead. Loving father of Stacy Milstead. Also
survived by his nephew Larry Milstead. Son of the late Ollie Culp Milstead and Scott
Windsor Milstead. Brother of the late Scott Milstead and Carolyn Headley.

He was a native of Alabama and a resident of Mandeville where he was a member of First
Baptist Church of Mandeville. Mr. Milstead was a Military Policeman for the United States
Army followed by a career as a claims superintendent for State Farm Insurance Company
and retired after 38 years of service. His retirement was spent volunteering and teaching
boat building at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Mr. Milstead to be made
to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Dr., Madisonville, LA

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Jun 30 2014

Stop by on the Fourth of July! Open July 4th 10am-4pm

fireworksStop by on the Fourth of July! The Museum will be open our regular hours, 10am-4pm. The town of Madisonville we be hosting an “old Fashioned Fourth” celebration with a parade that starts at the Museum at 2:30pm. Please see their event listing on for more information.

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

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