This is part two of a two-part interview with Ralph Krugler, historian for the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society. Ralph is not only one of the most knowledgeable people about Florida lighthouses, but he also has been helping with the ongoing creation of the J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog for the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is on the southeast coast of Florida. The property is now cared for by the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, and public tours access the light station by boat. You can learn more about the organization and tours at hillsborolighthouse.org. In this part of the interview, Ralph talks about the very colorful history of the light station and its keepers, about the book he’s written about it and his research sources, and about the work he’s done on the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s research catalog.
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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