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Fire Island Lighthouse with Bill Bleyer
July 18 @ 7:00 pm
Bill Bleyer will be joining us to discuss his latest book Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon. The first Fire Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1826 after numerous shipwrecks along the barrier island. A replacement tower built in 1858 incorporated innovations in lighthouse design such as the Fresnel lens. Along with a selection of wonderful color photographs depicting the grandeur of the lighthouse, author Bill Bleyer charts the history of Long Island’s cherished Fire Island Lighthouse. Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday for thirty-three years before retiring in 2014. He is the author of Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House and co-author of Long Island and the Civil War. He has been published in Civil War News, Naval History, Sea History, Lighthouse Digest, the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, the Toronto Star and others. Bleyer graduated from Hofstra University and earned a master’s in urban studies at Queens College of CUNY.