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Original Fire Island Lighthouse lens returns home

Chris Soller, left, superintendent of the Fire Island

Chris Soller, left, superintendent of the Fire Island National Seashore, and David Griese, administrator of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., look at the wrapped base of the Fire Island Lighthouse's original Fresnel lens. The lens was returned Tuesday after being removed in 1933 and given as a loan to a Philadelphia museum. (March 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

The Fire Island Lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens returned home after being removed in 1933 and lent to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The lens will be restored and installed in a display building currently under construction. (March 8, 2011)

This is the view, looking out of a
Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

This is the view, looking out of a window of the Fire Island Lighthouse at the new display building under construction that will house the lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens. The lens was returned Tuesday after being removed in 1933 and given, as a loan, to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The lens will be restored and installed later this year. (March 8, 2011)

Chris Soller, left, superintendent of the Fire Island
Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

Chris Soller, left, superintendent of the Fire Island National Seashore, and David Griese, administrator of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., look at the wrapped base of the Fire Island Lighthouse's original Fresnel lens. The lens was returned Tuesday after being removed in 1933 and given as a loan to a Philadelphia museum. (March 8, 2011)

A display showing a model of a display
Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

A display showing a model of a display building, currently under construction, for the Fire Island Lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens. (March 8, 2011)

This is the view, from the top of
Photo Credit: Carl Corry

This is the view, from the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse, looking at a new display building under construction that will house the lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens, which is back at the lighthouse for the first time since 1933. (March 8, 2011)

This display building under construction will house the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

This display building under construction will house the Fire Island Lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens. The lens is back at the lighthouse for the first time since 1933. (March 8, 2011)

A caravan of trucks helps return the Fire
Photo Credit: Carl Corry

A caravan of trucks helps return the Fire Island Lighthouse's original Fresnel lens to Fire Island for the first time since 1933. (March 8, 2011)

This display building under construction will house the
Photo Credit: Carl Corry

This display building under construction will house the Fire Island Lighthouse's original Fresnel lens, which is back at the lighthouse for the first time since 1933. (March 8, 2011)

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