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posted: 9/27/2013 1:07 PM

Wheaton man to give photo tour on lighthouses around the world

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For hundreds of years, the lighthouse has been a beacon of safety and shelter for sailors and others who live on the sea. Today, these unique buildings speak to many people as a source of beauty and comfort, even if they've never set foot on a boat.

Photographer George Reuss offers a unique perspective on these majestic havens, giving participants the opportunity to "visit" more than 50 historic lighthouses through a one-hour photo tour at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Wheaton Leisure Center, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton. The tour is followed by a dessert and coffee reception.

The presentation is a trip around the world, examining lighthouses in Scotland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Reuss shares a history of lighthouses and the vital roles they have played in maritime commerce in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Additionally, he talks about the current status of lighthouses and groups dedicated to the preservation and restoration of these historic structures. The presentation comes alive as Reuss shares his own stories and insights about his travels.

Reuss grew up in Aurora and has lived in Wheaton for the past 47 years. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and some foreign countries. Over the years he has photographed more than 400 lighthouses here and abroad. For the past 15 years, he has presented his programs at several public libraries, clubs, retirement homes and other organizations, combining research and narratives to support the photos included in his presentations.

"George is a very professional and interesting presenter," says Linda Dolan, Wheaton's Leisure Center manager. "His passion for lighthouses is contagious, and his photography is amazing. Anyone who likes to learn will love this program."

Tickets are $10. For information or to register, call (630) 665-1415.