Artillery tower lecture Feb. 8 will bring perspective to World War II exhibit

January 14, 2013

The Rehoboth Beach Museum’s current exhibit, WWII: Rehoboth Beach, continues through March 17. A few final programs have been scheduled to give visitors more information about life on the Delaware coast during the 1940s.

The museum will host a discussion at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at about the World War II artillery towers that are a part of local history.

Reservations are required for this event, as space is limited. Call 302-227-7310 to make a reservation. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free for Rehoboth Beach Historical Society members. Donations from nonmembers will be accepted at the door.

Author William Grayson will discuss his new book, "Delaware’s Ghost Towers." Many locals and visitors are familiar with the World War II Towers along the local coast. The second edition of Grayson’s book interprets the wartime history of the Army Coast Artillery against a back ground of surrounding world and domestic events.

The book analyzes the great difficulties confronting coastal gunners trying to hit moving targets at sea and offers a what-if analysis of the likely outcome of a German naval attack on a U.S. port days after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Grayson’s book will be for sale at the lecture. Proceeds will go toward the Coast Artillery Museum in Cape Henlopen State Park and the restoration of Tower No. 3 south of Dewey Beach.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is the home of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. The society’s mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of this beautiful city by the sea. The museum is  at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, college students and military; $2 for children ages 13-17. Members and children 12 and under get in free.

Society members receive free museum admission, newsletters, free admission to lectures and other activities, and notice of ticketed events. Call 302-227-7310 for information; go to, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.