The following announcement was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:
In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.
Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines.
Eric Jay Dolin grew up near the coasts of New York and Connecticut, and since an early age was fascinated by the natural world, especially the ocean. He earned a double-major in biology and environmental studies, a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale, and a Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from MIT, where his dissertation focused on the role of the courts in the cleanup of Boston Harbor. He enjoys writing and telling stories and has written 15 books.
WHEN: Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2 p.m.
WHAT: “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.” A slide show and talk by Eric Jay Dolan
WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
This Program is funded through a 2022 Watertown Community Foundation grant.