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Saturday, June 8th, 2024 – 2:00-4:00 PM EDT
Price: Free
Venue: Pat Conroy Literary Center | 601 Bladen St., Beaufort

Website: Facebook Event Page

The Friends of Hunting Island, in partnership with the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, will host a drop-in book signing for the newly published coffee table book, Up Here: The Hunting Island Lighthouse and its Lightkeepers, with authors Theodore Panayotoff and Linda Miller on Saturday, June 8th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort).

Attendance is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Book purchases benefit the Friends of Hunting Island and support the organization’s work at Hunting Island, to include the current restoration of the 1875 Fresnel Lens.

About Up Here
Up Here, The Hunting Island Lighthouse and its Lightkeepers tells the story in full detail for the first time with breathtaking photographs, historical context, 19th century design/architecture and never-before-published drawings from the Library of Congress.

“At sunset on July 1, 1859, the Hunting Island Lighthouse emitted its first beacon of light to mariners, protecting them from the perils of sandbars and treacherous currents near the coast. The lighthouse, fitted with its giant-sized lens was so efficient that every 30 seconds the focused light from the simple oil lantern cast a beam 17 miles into the darkness.”

Since the Hunting Island Lighthouse sent out its first beam of light into the dark night in 1859, it has witnessed the making of history. Inside the pages of Up Here for the first time, author and lighthouse historian Ted Panayotoff and Friends of Hunting Island president, Linda Miller, provide in detail the creation, history and current state of this much-loved southern icon. You’ll learn about its lightkeepers and how they lived, surviving all manner of adventures, storms and hurricanes. With its dramatic black and white coloring and moveable design, the lighthouse has witnessed the Atlantic waves caress the shores and storms unleash their fury. Amid this chaos, the Hunting Island Lighthouse remains resolute, a symbol of enduring hope and guidance.

With a foreword by noted New York Times bestseller, Cassandra King, Up Here not only showcases the photographic talent of the area’s finest photographers, it underscores the importance of conservation and is a fundraising book for the Friends of Hunting Island and the causes they support including turtle conservation.

Up Here is the new companion book to the award-winning Wild Island Nature about Hunting Island State Park, published by Lydia Inglett Publishing/Starbooks.

Learn more about the Friends of Hunting Island at

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.

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