Our guest speaker for this program will be introduced by HHS Education Committee member Ruth Gilbert- Whitner. Ruth will first provide background on Benjamin Lincoln’s responsibility, in his two decades as Collector of the Port of Boston, for several New England lighthouses. Sally Snowman will then deliver what should be a quite enlightening talk about the history of America’s first light station, Boston Light.
In 1989, Sally R. Snowman, PH.D., became the first civilian keeper of Boston Light since 1941, and the first woman keeper in the lighthouse’s long history, which stretches back to 1716. Sally was born into a boating family in Weymouth and fell in love with Boston Light as a young girl. Sally and her husband James G. Thomson met while they were both in training for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Together they wrote “Boston Light: A Historical Perspective” (published in 1999), the culmination of five years of research. With almost 300-pages, it is the most extensive book ever published on America’s first light station, and includes transcriptions of correspondence between Benjamin Lincoln, as Collector for the Port of Boston, and Alexander Hamilton, in his role as Secretary of the Treasury.
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