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Alexander Hamilton and lighthouses

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Begins: March 2, 2019 2:00 pm
Ends: March 2, 2019 3:00 pm

You probably know that Alexander Hamilton was one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and the first secretary of the treasury. But did you know he is also considered the father of American lighthouses?

With meticulous attention to detail, Hamilton oversaw the development of the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment, which was created in 1789 to build lighthouses along the coast of the new American nation. In fact, he personally supervised the building of the country's first public works project – the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia.

John Mann, lead docent at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, will discuss Hamilton’s passion for lighthouses from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Registration is not required for the free program. For more information, call the reference desk at 386-257-6036, option 4.

The library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.