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Remember the Morong Memorial that I was commissioned to do last year? It's now complete and the following is the story carried by

Maine News Direct
Cross-Stitch Artwork Donated to Lighthouse
Released 8/25/08

A specially commissioned cross-stitch artwork of the lighthouses where the Morong family of Maine lighthouse keepers were stationed, has been donated to the Friends of Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine, by Pennsylvania resident Shelley Wykoff, who is a descendant of Frederic Morong, the first lighthouse keeper to serve at the Lubec Channel Lighthouse in Lubec.

The large 37” x 33” artwork was designed and completed by Kathy Burger-Johnson who owns Accents Lighthouses of Dunbar, Nebraska, a company that specializes in designing cross stitch lighthouse work to help preserve lighthouse history. Johnson was commissioned by Wykoff to design and make the artwork to preserve the Morong family’s rich maritime history and heritage.

The centerpiece of the artwork depicts the poem, “Brasswork,” which was written at the kitchen table at Little River Lighthouse by Frederic Morong, Jr. during the time that Willie Corbett was the lighthouse keeper. At the time, Morong was the District Machinist for the U.S. Lighthouse Service, before he was appointed as the Lighthouse Inspector. The poem became the official poem of lighthouse keeper’s nationwide and Morong, Jr. became the semi-official poet of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and later the U.S. Coast Guard.

The artwork also features the 1939 emblem of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the Coast Guard emblem, and images of the various lighthouses where Frederic Morong, Sr., Alonzo Morong and Clifton Morong were stationed.

When the project was completed Wykoff wanted to find an appropriate place to donate the completed artwork for display and she contacted Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest magazine. Harrison, who is also the co-chair of the Friends of Little River Lighthouse, suggested it could be appropriately displayed at the lighthouse where “Brasswork” was written. Wykoff concurred.

Coincidently, Johnson’s husband had to make a business trip from Nebraska to southern Maine, so she went with him to bring the completed work along. It was presented to Lee Leighton, a volunteer for the Friends group, who then brought it up to Cutler. An anonymous benefactor has now agreed to have the artwork framed under archival glass to protect it for permanent display at Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine.

To learn more about the cross-stitch work of Accents Lighthouse you can visit their web site at For information on Little River Lighthouse you can visit their web site at

Kathy Burger-Johnson with the completed cross-stitch artwork of the Morong family lighthouse heritage that she was commissioned to make by Shelley Wykoff, which was donated to the Friends of Little River Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Once framed, the artwork will go on display at Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine. Contact Timothy Harrison at Lighthouse Digest (207) 259-2121


These two designs retail for $15 each, kits cost $25--they take three times as much fabric and thread! The first is of Chesapeake Bay North; the second is of Chesapeake Bay South. Altogether, there are 13 lighthouses represented.

Chesapeake Bay North
Concorde Light
Pooles Island Light
Baltimore Light
Sandy Light
Bloody Point Bar Light

Chesapeake Bay South
Thomas Point Shoal Light
Sharps Island Light
Cove Point Light
Hooper Strait Light
Drum Point Light
Point No Point Light
Point Lookout Light


"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
John 1:5