Thursday, May 9 | 2 p.m. | Movie Theatre

In a slide-illustrated talk rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin tells the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, his book “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse” traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. Dolin covers a memorable cast of characters including scientists, soldiers and government officials, but most importantly the male and female keepers who kept America’s lighthouses burning.