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This course is designed to give the novice or veteran a working knowledge of lights and lighthouses. Classes will cover the world of lighthouses, their similarities, differences, and useful definitions; one class is devoted to the development of lighthouse illumination; another will cover how the supporting machinery works. A class is devoted to the people who designed and operated the system of U.S. lights from Alexander Hamilton to the present-day Coast Guard and the final class will expose the student to the complexities of working on lighthouse lenses.
Instructor: James Woodward
Mr. Woodward has 55 years of experience working with lighthouses and specifically Fresnel lighthouse lenses. Upon his retirement from 40 years of service to the U. S. Coast Guard he was cited as being "the greatest resource for lighthouse and Fresnel lens preservation in the Coast Guard." He has presented at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and many non-university venues and continues to work with lighthouses and lenses through his company "the Lighthouse Consultant." In August 2020 he was awarded the Francis Ross Holland Distinguished Service Award, the lighthouse preservation movement's highest lifetime honor by the American Lighthouse Council.
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