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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

Learn all about Nauset Light Wednesday

It started out in Chatham before settling in Eastham in 1923. Erosion forced it to be moved back from the cliff in 1996. And, of course, it’s plastered on each and every bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips.

That’s just a few notes in the story of Nauset Light, one of the most iconic lighthouses on Cape Cod. On Wednesday night, Keith Sisterson, President of the Nauset Light Preservation Society, will present a talk on the iconic beacon at the Eastham Historical Society’s 1869 Schoolhouse Museum at 7 p.m.

Sisterson’s presentation will focus on these questions:

  • What is the history of lighthouses on the Outer Cape?

  • Why are lighthouses important historically?

  • Why do we have to keep moving the lighthouses?

  • Why should we be concerned that lighthouses are still around for the future?

The nonprofit, all-volunteer Nauset Light Preservation Society was formed in 1993 because the marine scarp was eroding closer and closer to the light, and the Coast Guard was going to decommission and remove it. The Society had the light moved in 1996 and under an agreement with the National Park Service, owner of the light, and continues to operate the light and give tours.

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