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Guardians of the Lights : Stories of U.S. Lighthouse Keepers
by Elinor de Wire


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In a charming blend of history and human interest, this book paints a colorful portrait of the lives of a vanished breed--the lighthouse keepers--from the year 1716, when the first lighthouse was established in America, to the early 1980s when automation replaced the last human "guardian of the light." A wealth of material from the archives of the 19th and 20th centuries--primarily letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts--provides vivid stories about lighthouse keeping in this country: the daily work; coping with fog, storms and other catastrophes; legends and ghosts; women's and families' roles; lighthouse children and pets; the natural world around lighthouses; and the diverse characters of those who held the job.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In a charming blend of history and human interest, this book paints a colorful portrait of the lives of a vanished breed--the lighthouse keepers--from the year 1716, when the first lighthouse was established in America, to the early 1980s when automation replaced the last human "guardian of the light." A wealth of material from the archives of the 19th and 20th centuries--primarily letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts--provides vivid stories about lighthouse keeping in this country: the daily work; coping with fog, storms and other catastrophes; legends and ghosts; women's and families' roles; lighthouse children and pets; the natural world around lighthouses; and the diverse characters of those who held the job. Lighthouse keeping was a unique occupation, now obsolete, and this book is a fitting tribute to these tough, usually solitary, and dedicated heroes who kept the lights burning every night, without fail.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781561640775
  • ISBN-10: 1561640778
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press
  • Publish Date: April 1995
  • Page Count: 324
  • Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


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