Keystone to host retired National Geographic Writer Priit Vesilind
La Plume – The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will present “An Evening with Priit Vesilind,” a retired National Geographic writer and editor on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall,
An accomplished and decorated writer and photographer, Mr. Vesilind worked as a senior writer and expeditions editor at National Geographic magazine for nearly 30 years. He has traveled the world for his assignments including diverse stories on
Mr. Vesilind served as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He has worked extensive in underwater exploration for National Geographic, most often with oceanographer Bob Ballard. His 2005 book “Lost Gold of the Republic” documents the richest monetary and archaeological marine salvage in American history.
He also specialized in Eastern Europe affairs during the Cold War, writing and contribution photographs to an article about the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Baltic States, the Baltic Sea, and Kaliningrad. Mr. Vesilind was decorated with the Third Order of the White Cross by Estonian President Lennart Meri in 2001 for his contributions to Estonian independence. He has written and photographically illustrated three books about political and cultural affairs in Estonia, including “The Singing Revolution,” which tells the story of Estonian history and resistance to Soviet occupation. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and photographed for numerous travel and trade publications.