posted on: 1/14/2020

The Friends of the Dover Public Library invite the public to learn about the history of our nearby coastal lighthouses from a renowned marine historian on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Lecture Hall.

Jeremy D'Entremont has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses. He grew up in Massachusetts and received his BFA in filmmaking from Emerson College in Boston. In the late 1980s, he became a tour guide for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. He started writing for “Lighthouse Digest” magazine and has penned more than 300 articles for “Lighthouse Digest”, “The Keeper’s Log”, and “Soundings”, among other publications.

He has given more than 200 lectures around the region, and has authored 21 books. With two exceptions, each has focused on lighthouse history. The new fourth edition of his “Lighthouse Handbook: New England” will be published in May 2020 from Cider Mill Press.

Jeremy moved to Portsmouth in 2001. At that time, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. Seeing a need for a local chapter to help ALF care for the structure, he founded the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and its first public open house was held in June 2001.  

Local author to discuss New Hampshire lighthouses

posted on: 1/14/2020

The Friends of the Dover Public Library invite the public to learn about the history of our nearby coastal lighthouses from a renowned marine historian on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Lecture Hall.

Jeremy D'Entremont has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses. He grew up in Massachusetts and received his BFA in filmmaking from Emerson College in Boston. In the late 1980s, he became a tour guide for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. He started writing for “Lighthouse Digest” magazine and has penned more than 300 articles for “Lighthouse Digest”, “The Keeper’s Log”, and “Soundings”, among other publications.

He has given more than 200 lectures around the region, and has authored 21 books. With two exceptions, each has focused on lighthouse history. The new fourth edition of his “Lighthouse Handbook: New England” will be published in May 2020 from Cider Mill Press.

Jeremy moved to Portsmouth in 2001. At that time, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. Seeing a need for a local chapter to help ALF care for the structure, he founded the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and its first public open house was held in June 2001.

From 2008 to 2018, he operated his own company called “New England Lighthouse Tours,” based in Portsmouth. Over 11 seasons, he gave personalized tours for more than 1,300 people from all over the U.S., and as far away as China, Australia, Italy, and the UK. He has also narrated over 150 lighthouse cruises since the early 1990s.

Under Jeremy’s leadership, FPHL has not only preserved and maintained Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, but has also created a very educationally effective public access program at the historic site. On average, the lighthouse welcomes over 5,000 visitors during each open house season.
Jeremy is now leading the effort to preserve the wave-swept Whaleback Lighthouse at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, in Kittery. It is a daunting effort to establish a docking system at Whaleback, but when this effort is realized, it will permit the restoration and long-term preservation of this 1872 offshore sentinel.

He is also editor of the website "New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide" at www.newenglandlighthouses.net. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, PBS, and NPR. On April 28, 2019, ALF presented Jeremy D’Entremont with its “Keeper of the Light” award.

Friends of the Library programs are always free to attend.

For more information, call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050.