NHA News Release: May 26, 2016


Author Eric Jay Dolin at the Whaling Museum on June 29

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that nationally recognized best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin will present his latest book Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

In 1716, George Worthylake ascended a 60-foot granite tower on the Massachusetts coast to assume a singular position: keeper of the first lighthouse in America. Ever since, writers, artists, and beachcombers have had their imaginations sparked by these feats of engineering. On the 300th anniversary of that occasion, Brilliant Beacons tells the rich history of how American lighthouses contributed to the growth and prosperity of the United States and highlights the keepers and their families who kept the lights shining.

“The NHA is delighted to welcome back author Eric Jay Dolin to the Whaling Museum,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “Eric is an audience favorite here on Nantucket and we can't wait to learn more about his latest work.”

Dolin is a best-selling author of When America First Met China; Fur, Fortune, and Empire, and Leviathan. His latest book, Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse was released on April 18, 2016. Prior to becoming an author, he held a variety of jobs, including stints as a fisheries policy analyst at the National Marine Fisheries Service, a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a curatorial assistant in the Mollusk Department at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, and as an intern at the National Wildlife Federation. He and his family currently reside in Marblehead, MA.

“Nantucket has been very good to me over the years,” says Eric Jay Dolin. “The NHA awarded me the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship in 2005, which was critical to my work on Leviathan: A History of Whaling in America. And now, I am returning once again to talk about lighthouses. So when I see Brant Point Lighthouse from the deck of the ferry, I know I am heading into a safe harbor.”

Tickets for this special lecture are $10 per person. Advance registration is recommended at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the lecture beginning promptly at 6 P.M. A book signing will follow the presentation.

For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
Special Lecture
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse
with author Eric Jay Dolin
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10/person
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
www.nha.org/tickets