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Evening Lecture:
Guiding Lights

April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Shona Riddell, author

Advance registration is required.

Join The Mariners’ Museum for an enlightening virtual lecture with Shona Riddell, an author who currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Shona will take you on a fascinating journey to some of the world’s most remote lighthouses as well as to some not so far away, and share inspiring stories of heroic lighthouse women through the ages.

About the lecture:
For centuries, lighthouses “manned” by dedicated keepers have guided vessels into harbors, their blinking lights providing a lifeline during storm-lashed nights. Some of those keepers were women, who kept the lamps lit night after night while also performing daring rescues and raising children.

Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet, most of their stories are little-known. Guiding Lights includes true stories from around the world, chronicling the lives of the extraordinary women who mind the world’s storm-battered towers.

Whatever our perceptions of these stately towers of light, Guiding Lights illustrate real stories of women’s courage and dedication in minding the lights — then and now. Come hear how they continue to capture the public’s imagination and inspire us!

Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women
April 8 • 7 p.m. (EST)

Viewers are welcome to send Shona any comments or questions during the presentation, and she will answer them following the lecture.

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Pre-registration is required.
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Can’t make the virtual program live?
No problem! Many of our programs are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.



April 8, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222