This episode features a wide-ranging conversation between Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont and Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society (USLHS). Topics include the early history of the USLHS, the Society’s move from San Francisco to Point No Point Light Station in Seattle, the passport program, overnight stays at the Society’s properties and other lighthouses, and the changing role of foghorns in today’s world — and more.
Jeff Gales became the Society’s executive director in 2005, after time as the manager of Point Arena Lighthouse in California. He is a self-described “lighthouse geek” who is passionate about the past and present of these beacons along our coasts. Among many other duties as director, he edits the Society’s magazine, The Keeper’s Log, and recruits and manages volunteers. Originally from southern California, he lives in Washington with his wife, Melissa, and their Boston terrier Augie.
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