Elinor DeWire is an award-winning author, editor, public speaker, educator, and blogger based in Connecticut. She began her writing career with freelance stories for a Florida newspaper, and in 1987 she published her first book, Guide to Florida Lighthouses. Since then, she’s authored some twenty books about lighthouses. From 1991 to 2000 Elinor wrote two regular columns for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Mariners Weather Log, one about the U.S. Lifesaving Service and one on lighthouses.
She continues to contribute articles on lighthouses to various publications. She’s also written early Victorian-era novels, plus four books and a number of articles about amateur astronomy and sky watching.
Elinor was awarded a short fiction prize in 1992 from the National League of American Pen Women. She is also the recipient of the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award. She serves today on the board of directors of the U.S. Lighthouse Society and chairs the Society’s Education Committee.
Also in this episode: an interview with Bill Gicker, director of Stamp Services for the U.S. Postal Service. On August 6, the USPS is releasing a new set of five Mid-Atlantic lighthouse stamps. The stamps feature paintings by Howard Koslow, and they depict the following lighthouses: Montauk, New York; Navesink Twin Lights, New Jersey; Erie Harbor Pierhead in Pennsylvania; Harbor of Refuge in Delaware; and Thomas Point Shoal in Maryland.
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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