Saturday, May 15, 2010

New book on Thacher Island!

Thacher Island, off Rockport on Massachusetts' Cape Ann, is one of my favorite places in the world. I'm happy to announce that there's a new book available that tells the fascinating story of the island's twin lighthouses in words and hundreds of historic photos -- "Twin Lights of Thacher Island, Massachusetts," written by my good friend Paul St. Germain and published by Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.

Here's more info from Arcadia:

Off the coast of Cape Ann, Thacher Island’s twin lights are the last remaining operational twin lights in the nation. Throughout history, the lighthouses have played an important role in the Revolutionary War, World I and II protecting the coast from enemy submarines.

In over 200 vintage photographs, local author Paul St. Germain captures the history, adventures, and intimate stories from over 200 years of lighthouse keepers living on the island.

A portion of the profit from the sale of the book is being donated to the Thacher Island Association toward its restoration efforts.

Highlights of Twin Lights of Thacher Island, Cape Ann:
• Traces the history of the island from 1771 until 2009 through vintage photographs
• Illustrates why and how the two towers were built, and how the island got its name
• Features historic photographs from both public and private collections
• Showcases the lives of many of the lighthouse keepers and their families

Paul St. Germain is the president of the Thacher Island Association, a nonprofit volunteer organization. He has been a Rockport resident for 15 years and can see the island from his home.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

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