Come join us on June 4, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m., for a symposium at the Kittery Lions Club, 117 State Road (Route 1), in Kittery, Maine. Proceeds will benefit the American Lighthouse Foundation and our local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Refreshments will be available, and a silent auction and raffle will include books and other lighthouse-related items.
Admission is $15 per person, or $25 for two people. Ticket sales have ended, but on the day of the event you can still come and pay at the door.
A special private tour of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is also offered on the same day; see information below.
1) Russ Lane, Jr., will present his video documentary “Looking for a Hero” that tells the story of the amazing rescue his father performed when he was a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper at Whitehead Island in Maine in 1958. Russ Lane’s heroic actions on that day saved the lives of five young people. Russ Lane Sr. is also expected to attend this event.
2) Marian Gagnon of Goodnight Irene Productions will present her video documentary , “America’s Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light.” The Emmy-nominated film brings to life the extraordinary story of Ida Zoradia Lewis, America’s most famous woman lighthouse keeper. Ida took over the duties at Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, R.I. at the age of 15 when her father suffered a stroke in the 1850s. She tended the light for more than 50 years and also single-handedly rescued at least 18 people.
3) Frederick Mikkelsen will give a presentation on his days (1958-60) as a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper, entitled, “Checked Main Light – Lighthouse Life in the 1950s” Frederick will tell about his most terrifying experience in his years at Conimicut Lighthouse in Rhode Island—a 1960 hurricane—along with other true tales of lighthouse keeping.
4) Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and Jeremy D’Entremont, founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, will speak about the mission of these organizations to preserve our lighthouses and their history, followed by questions and answers.
Ticket sales have ended, but on the day of the event you can still come and pay at the door.
Special Private Tour of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
As a special bonus, we’re offering a private tour of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH, on the same day as the symposium. The tours will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The tour takes about 20-30 minutes; it isn’t necessary to reserve a specific time slot.
Everyone taking part in the tour will have the opportunity to climb (44 steps and a 7-rung ladder) to the top to enjoy the great view. The lighthouse is about a 20-minute drive from the Lions Club in Kittery, where the symposium will be held. You can reserve spaces on the tour for $5 per person. When you reserve your space(s) you will receive more information via email.
Ticket sales have ended for this event.