Local historian Joel Helander will discuss the life of Oliver N. Brooks, a distinguished captain during the heyday of the Long Island Sound coastal trade. Serving as the Faulkner Island lightkeeper for more than thirty years, Brooks offered a wonderful window into his hardy life and his interactions with maritime traders as revealed in his logbooks.
Photo courtesy The Guilford Keeping Society
Captain Oliver Brooks playing the violin along with his grandson, Oliver Husted. His dog, known as Tige, sits nearby.
The Edith B. Nettleton Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Guilford Free Library and the Guilford Keeping Society.
This series honors the legacy of Guilford’s first town librarian, Edith B. Nettleton. Edith was the first director of the Guilford Free Library where she served for 44 years, retiring in 1978. For another 36 years, she was a loyal volunteer, developing the Library’s historical archives.