Boston Light with Former Light Keeper, Sally Snowman

Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street, Athol, on Thursday, May 9, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., when we welcome retired Light Keeper Sally Snowman for her one hour historic slideshow lecture on Boston’s Lighthouse. Snowman, the 70th and last keeper of the lighthouse, will share images and stories from the lighthouse’s 307 years of history.

Boston Light-the first established Light Station in colonial America-began lighting the way for safe navigation into the fledgling maritime port of Boston in 1716. Known in the maritime community as the “last manned Coast Guard Light Station,” Boston Light no longer requires a Keeper as a result of automation. The Fresnel Lens in the lantern room and fog signal apparatus situated on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor continues as an active aid-to-navigation.

Sally Snowman, Ph. D., Keeper of Boston Light 2003-2023, is an educator, author, and USCG Boston Light historian. Sally has co-authored books with her husband Jay Thompson: Boston Light- A Historic Perspective (1999) and Boston Light- Arcadia Images of America (2016). She is also the author of Sammy the Boston Light House Dog, written for children (2005).

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

You can register online with our library calendar: or by calling 978-249-9515.

You will receive an email confirmation, and an email reminder of the event 24 hours before the program. Questions? Please call the library at 978-249-9515.