"Saving Straitsmouth Island" Virtual Book Launch with Author Paul St. Germain

Saturday, November 21

10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Join author Paul St. Germain for a virtual launch of his newly released book, Saving Straitsmouth Island: A History (The History Press, ©2020).

Just off the coast of Rockport, Straitsmouth Island has enjoyed a noteworthy history that belies the island’s small size. From the Indigenous peoples who summered there more than one thousand years ago to its discovery by Samuel de Champlain and Captain John Smith in the seventeenth century, the island has seen fishermen, shipwrecks and piracy. From 1835 to 1935, three lighthouses were built, all with fascinating stories of the keepers and their families. Thanks to tireless restoration efforts by the Thacher Island Association and Massachusetts Audubon Society, the island was recently opened to the public for the first time in 180 years. Local historian Paul St. Germain details the rich history of this unique New England treasure and the efforts to preserve both its structures and natural beauty.

Paul St. Germain has lived in Rockport for over 25 years. He has served on the board of the Thacher Island Association since 1999, and was elected president of the organization in 2002. He has written four books in Arcadia Publishing's “Images of America” series: Sandy Bay National Harbor of Refuge and the Navy, Cape Ann Granite, Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations on Cape Ann and Twin Lights of Thacher Island. A graduate of Boston University and a recipient of a master's degree from Northeastern University, Paul has held several senior level marketing and advertising positions of major international athletic footwear and soft drink manufacturers.

Autographed copies of Saving Straitsmouth Island: A History, are available for sale at the Cape Ann Museum Gift Shop and in the Museum’s online shop.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information please email info@capeannmuseum.org.


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Zoom details will be sent out to registered participants a few days prior to the Book Launch.

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