The Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse organization hosts its first lecture of the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. at the visitors center at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in Barnegat Light. The program will pay tribute to the designer and builder of the lighthouse, George Meade, who was a lieutenant and engineer in the U.S. Army when he was assigned to build the light in 1855. Meade later gained fame as the Union Army general who defeated Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Special guest is Andy Waskie, a Civil War historian and Temple University professor, who will appear as the general in “General Meade Reflects on His Life and Career of Service to the Nation.” He is founder and current president of the General Meade Society in Philadelphia, an organization that seeks to promote Meade’s services and contributions.
For more information and to register, call the center at 609-494-2016.