2006-09-14 / Island Calendar

Lighthouse expert to speak

Jeremy D'Entremont, author of the book "The Lighthouses of Rhode Island," will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown library.

His talk will focus on the rich history of the state's lighthouses and their keepers. D'Entremont will treat the audience to colorful and dramatic stories of keepers and their families, ranging from tales of heroism and tragedy in the hurricane of 1938 to lighthouse weddings and fish-catching cats. The talk will feature photos from "The Lighthouses of Rhode Island" and other images that will no doubt interest fans of local lighthouses, especially those who study and care for the history and preservation of the Beavertail Lighthouse.

Jeremy D'Entremont has been writing about and photographing lighthouses for over 20 years.

He is the author of several books in addition to "The Lighthouses of Rhode Island" published by Commonwealth Editions in 2006. He is founder and president of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Hampshire, a historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation, and the webmaster of "New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide" at www.lighthouse.com. He has lectured and narrated lighthouse cruises for organizations up and down the New England coast.

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, founded in 1989, manages with its all-volunteer staff, the lighthouse museum and gift shop, and is presently applying to acquire the Beavertail Lighthouse property from the National Parks Service. For information, call BLMA President George Warner at 423-1278.

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