Why are so many of us fascinated by lighthouses? To some, it’s the symbolism of the light they find most appealing. To others, it’s the faithfulness of the keeper who braves loneliness and isolation to keep the warning beacon burning.
Lighthouses represent hope in the darkest hour, fantasy (many former lighthouses are now romantic getaways) and even the paranormal (hundreds are said to be haunted).
Ms. Castro-Bran has agreed to speak at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum (220 N. Market St.) on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00AM. Admission is free but arrive early to get a good seat.
Castro-Bran promises to share her wealth of archival photos, amusing anecdotes from the original lighthouse keepers, and the fascinating history of Port Hueneme’s two unique lighthouses.
The author is a public affairs specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the Aids to Navigation Team for Los Angeles/Long Beach, which repairs and maintains local California lighthouses. She and her then boyfriend (now husband) Kim joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary shortly after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Prior to writing Lighthouses of Greater Los Angeles, Castro–Bran authored Lighthouses of the Ventura Coast, which includes Point Hueneme and Anacapa Lights. She most treasures her ongoing relationships with a number of descendants of Southern California’s original lighthouse keepers.
This event as well as admission to the Museum is always free.