Episode 56 – The U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Lighthouse Passport Program provides enthusiasts the opportunity to help preserve lighthouses as well as a wonderful way to keep a pictorial history of their lighthouse adventures. Skip Sherwood, a retired college professor, and his wife, Mary Lee, have led many of the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s tours. Skip is also the director of the passport program. Scott Walbert is one of the hall of fame lighthouse passport stamp collectors, and he and his wife Diane also volunteer and do a lot of the behind the scenes work to keep the passport program going.
Episode 57 – In this episode we meet four of the Hall of Fame USLHS Lighthouse Passport stamp collectors: James Hill of Florida; Sharon Mills of Maine; Al King of Georgia; and John MacFarland of Pennsylvania.
Episode 58 – Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, on top of the 130-foot-tall multicolored clay cliffs at the western edge of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Martha’s Vineyard founded Film-Truth Productions in 2003. Their film Keepers of the Light, about the history of Gay Head Lighthouse leading up to its historic 2015 move, was years in the making.
Episode 59 – Richard Skidmore has been the modern day keeper of Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, for the past 30 years. In this entertaining interview, Richard talks about being the longest serving keeper in Gay Head history, about life in the unique community of Aquinnah, about his background as a filmmaker, and what it was like being very much involved (to the point of personal peril) in the historic 2015 move of the lighthouse.
Episode 60 – Graves Lighthouse is a classic, granite, wave-swept offshore lighthouse tower on a barren ledge in outer Boston Harbor. The lighthouse was sold in a government auction in September 2013 to businessman David Waller. He and his wife, Lynn, a graphic designer, live in a restored fire station in the Boston suburb of Malden. Bob Trapani, Jr., the executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, took part in this interview along with Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont. This is part one of a two-part interview.
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