Betty Veronico

Betty S. Veronico has had a long-standing interest in local history. She grew up in Redwood City, graduated from Sequoia High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and is currently a senior commercial property manager in Silicon Valley.

Betty’s book, Images of America: Lighthouses of the Bay Area, chronicles an important part of northern California’s unique maritime history. Lighthouses of the Bay Area offers a visual tour of the lighthouses around the San Francisco Bay, reviews lighthouse technology, why they were needed and how they worked, as well as a record of the lights lost to history. Drawing upon archival material and private collections, this book profiles the 19 light stations from Point Reyes to the north and Point Montara to the south, then travels from the Farallon Islands through the Golden Gate and into the Bay. In addition, the book features a profile of the lightship San Francisco that was stationed outside the Golden Gate, and the lightship Relief that aided mariners up and down the jagged western coast of the United States.

With her husband, Nicholas A. Veronico, Betty collaborated on a photographic history of their hometown, Images of America: San Carlos. The couple also authored Depression-Era Sculpture of the Bay Area, which details the authors’ interest in art funded by the government during America’s darkest time. And, with her good friends Janet and Reg McGovern, Betty co-authored two books on her hometown — Images of America: Redwood City, and its follow-up, Then and Now: Redwood City, as well as Images of America: Menlo Park, all published by Arcadia Publishing. Betty continues her historical research into the history of lighthouses and lightships.