Join hosts Jeremy D’Entremont and Cindy Johnson for the second of three “Florida Week” episodes. At 175 feet tall, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state and the third tallest in the United States. It became a national historic landmark in 1998. John Mann is the Lead Docent for on-site tours and community outreach, and educational programs advisor for the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Felipe De Paula is the registrar and assistant curator. Jeremy interviewed them both during a recent visit.
In the history segment, Cindy and Jeremy discuss Augustin-Jean Fresnel, the brilliant French civil engineer and physicist who is best remembered for the invention in the 1820s of a type of lens that increased the visibility of lighthouses and saved countless lives. There’s also another trivia contest with a chance to win prizes.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org
One thought on “Light Hearted Ep 15 – John Mann, Felipe De Paula, Ponce Inlet, Florida; invention of the Fresnel lens”
I was there in March of 2018! so pleased with all there was to see – quite a few buildings. also polite staff that waited for us to see things and unlocked a door that they’d already closed for the day, not knowing that we hadn’t been in there. The display of boats from Cuba was educational and humbling, too. Great job Lighthouse friends at Ponce deLeon Lighthouse, Mosquito Inlet, Florida!