News Release Date: May 2, 2017
Patchogue, NY – The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society will host Bill Bleyer this Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. to highlight the author’s new book, Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon. The special lecture and book signing will take place at 1:00 pm at the Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building.
“This book helps preserve and recount the fascinating maritime and recent history of the iconic Fire Island Lighthouse,” said Society President Bob LaRosa. The book, Bleyer’s third on Long Island history, highlights the historical significance of the Fire Island Lighthouse.
On Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 pm, visitors of all ages are invited to learn more about the book and the Fire Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse complex, consisting of the tower, boathouse and outbuildings, and the Fresnel Lens Building, has a compelling story to tell about the region’s maritime history, having guided ships from 1826 to today.
Bill Bleyer is an accomplished writer and historian whose other books include, Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House and Long Island and the Civil War.
Bleyer was a Newsday staff writer for 33 years, specializing in history and maritime affairs. He has written for numerous magazines including many historical and maritime publications.
The Fire Island Lighthouse offers exhibits, a nature trail, interpretive and curriculum-based programs. The lighthouse is operated by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The lighthouse is located on the west end of Fire Island National Seashore and is accessible year-round by car. Parking is available at Robert Moses State Park in parking field #5. For more information on visiting the lighthouse please visit www.nps.gov/FIIS or contact 631-661-4876.