NEW DATE* Brilliant Beacons with Eric Jay Dolin


August 26, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


NPS Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970

In a slide-illustrated talk rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin tells the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. Dolin covers a memorable cast of characters including scientists, soldiers, and government officials, but most importantly the male and female keepers who kept America's lighthouses burning. Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades.