Lighthouses and Lightships of Cape Cod by author and historian Jim Coogan on June 14.
From the earliest days, the people of Cape Cod and the islands have used the sea as an avenue for trade and commerce. But the seafaring life was fraught with dangers. Great storms took a heavy toll on mariners traveling along the coast. In the attempt to provide ships with at least some land-sea navigational references, lighthouses were established at the entrances to several ports. Jim will tell us the stories behind the lighthouses and lightships that were placed around Cape Cod and will discuss the lives of the families that manned them. Like the seas that surround Cape Cod, lighthouses are part of the fabric of coastal communities and define the challenges that come with living with the ocean as a back yard.