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Keepers of the Light- History of the Point Conception Lighthouse
Date: 5/21/2014

Keepers of the Light- History of the Point Conception Lighthouse
Weds, May 21 at 11am
Members are complimentary/ $10 Guests. Reservations required.

In 1850, Congress approved the building of 8 lighthouses along the Pacific Coast. Point Conception was the most shipwreck-prone place on the coast, called the “Cape Horn of the Pacific” and the “Graveyard of Ships.” Mariners racing to San Francisco and the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada demanded a lighthouse on the Point. Keepers of the Light chronicles its story from its building in the early 1850s until the decommissioning of its gigantic first order Fresnel Lens by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1973. With historical records and interviews, focuses a steady beam of history on the people who made this remote site a bustling village and beacon of safety for mariners approaching the coast.Lecture generously sponsored by John Woodward
About the ppeaker - Willard Thompson is an award-winning writer, lecturer and historian. His extensive works have included historical fiction novels and historical journals including a Noticias. Thompson is currently president of Santa
Barbara Maritime Museum.

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