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Explore lighthouse history at May 4 event

On Wednesday, May 4 beginning at 6 p.m., the public is invited to meet “Brilliant Beacons” author Eric Jay Dolin as he explores the epic history of American lighthouses, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.

The program takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with seating limited and advanced registration needed.

Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, “Brilliant Beacons” traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system from its earliest days, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines.

Beginning with “Boston Light,” America’s first lighthouse, Dolin shows how the story of America — from colony to regional backwater, to fledgling nation, and eventually to global industrial power — can be illustrated through its lighthouses.

The author will be on hand to sign “Brilliant Beacons,” which will be available for purchase at the event. The cost for the program is $6 for CBMM members, and $10 for non-members, with registration made by contacting Allison Speight at or at (410) 745-4941.