Posted by: mlapgrants | August 15, 2017

Stannard Rock Lighthouse

The project team for the Standard Rock Lighthouse Historic Structure Report (HSR) and Education project traveled 37 miles by boat across Lake Superior on a perfect summer day to document this historic lighthouse.  The lighthouse, completed in 1882, is one of four offshore lights being evaluated through a project funded by a National Maritime Heritage Grant and a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant.  Purchase or renew your lighthouse license plate to help support these projects!

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Posted by: mlapgrants | July 26, 2017

MLAP Grants

Dear Lighthouse Enthusiast:

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the availability of fiscal year 2018 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant applications. Funds are available for both planning and rehabilitation activities. The grant application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017. Applications must be postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017. Copies of the grant manual and application materials can be found on our web page at If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to discuss your proposed project with SHPO staff.

Thank you,

Joelle Letts

Grants Manager/Budget Analyst

State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

735 E. Michigan Ave.,

P O Box 30044

Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-373-1904

Posted by: mlapgrants | July 18, 2017

Mission Point Light Station

The post-work site visit for the MLAP grant for the Mission Point Light Station occurred on the afternoon of July 13, 2017.  Members from Peninsula Township and the Mission Point Lighthouse Friends were on site for the close-out visit.

The most significant change at the site as a result of the grant was the relocation of the storage building to its historic location just east of the lighthouse.  This move helped to visually open the site and bring it closer to its configuration during the period of significance/interpretation.  The new block foundation for the storage building continues to the foundation of the lighthouse in an effort to protect the subsurface cistern, which was discovered as part of this project.  The township is currently working on a project to replace the board and batten siding so that it covers all of the exposed wood at the structure as it appeared in historic photographs.

Other grant work included the repointing of the brick piers at the lean-to addition on the south side of the structure and adding vertical wood skirting between the brick piers, a new sidewalk to the oil house, and removing built-up sand from the exterior foundation wall at the northwest corner.

The Township and the Friends have done a great job with their rehabilitation projects and keeping this historic site open and available to the public.DSCN3112DSCN3155DSCN3129DSCN3138DSCN3117DSCN3142DSCN3114

Posted by: mlapgrants | June 8, 2017

Thunder Bay Island Light Station

The Thunder Bay Island Light Station site visit to kick off the Historic Structure Report (HSR) and Education Project through a National Maritime Heritage Grand from the National Park Service and the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant from the SHPO was conducted on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Team members collecting information for the HSR included OX Studio, Smay Trombley Architecture, Mihm Enterprises, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, and the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.


Posted by: mlapgrants | April 18, 2017

New Lighthouse Postcards

The new 2017 lighthouse postcards are here!  The postcards feature the South Haven South Pierhead Light and are available at MDOT welcome centers.

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Posted by: mlapgrants | December 29, 2016

South Haven South Pierhead Light

The exterior repainting of the South Haven South Pierhead Light was completed in the fall of 2016 with partial project funding provided by the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.  This was a very successful project that was executed in a very short time frame.  The success of the project was due to the work of a great project team!

Posted by: mlapgrants | December 2, 2016

Twilight at the Ft. Gratiot Lighthouse

November 30, 2016


Posted by: mlapgrants | November 17, 2016

Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba

The exterior painting of the Sand Point Lighthouse was recently completed with partial funding from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.  Great job for everyone involved!


Posted by: mlapgrants | September 28, 2016

Michigan Lighthouse License Plate

We have a new plate!!  Recent proposed changes to the specialty license plate law prompted the State Historic Preservation Office to look at the long-term projected sales of the lighthouse license plate.  The plate has been around for fifteen years, and although the sales are steady, we need to think about the longevity of the fund and the health of the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP).  The plate was designed in house by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in cooperation with the Secretary of State’s office.

Help save Michigan lighthouses by purchasing the redesigned plate at your Secretary of State Office.


Posted by: mlapgrants | August 22, 2016

Charlevoix Pierhead Light

The work is finished on the MLAP grant for the exterior painting of the Charlevoix Pierhead Light.  The new paint coating returns the light to its historic red color.  Great job by the Charlevoix Historical Society, Smay Trombley Architecture, and Mihm Enterprises.


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