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Solving the Mystery of the Lost Light
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Asheboro Public Library
201 Worth Street
Asheboro North Carolina 27203
Contact Information
Name: Meghan Carter
Phone: 336-318-6803
Admission: Free

Popular historian and author Kevin Duffus returns to the Asheboro library with the tale of how he found the lost, original lens of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The French-manufactured 1803 Fresnel lens was missing for 140 years. One of the first made for a U.S. lighthouse, it was displayed at the 1853 World’s Fair in New York City. During the Civil War, the 12-foot tall, 6,000-pound bronze & glass optic was removed by Confederate authorities, & was lost. Duffus chronicled his successful search for the lens, which also unearthed a wealth of lighthouse lore & reached into his own family history, in his book ''The Lost Light: The Mystery of the Missing Cape Hatteras Fresnel Lens'', published in 2003. His appearance, part of the Road Scholar series, is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Library.

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