The new 2017 lighthouse postcards are here! The postcards feature the South Haven South Pierhead Light and are available at MDOT welcome centers.
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!
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.
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.
A new wood shingle roof was recently installed on the South Haven Keeper’s Quarters to match the historic roofing material. The project was partially funded with an MLAP grant. The previous asphalt shingle roof was quickly deteriorating so the roof work was critical to protect the structure. Repair of water damage to the porch ceiling and roof structure was also a part of the work. This project resulted in a significant visual improvement and will serve to preserve this historic resource.
The dedication ceremony for the St. Joseph North Pier Inner and Outer Lights was held on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The dedication ceremony was a celebration of the fundraising efforts and the rehabilitation project for the lights and the catwalk. The City of St. Joseph, the Lighthouse Forever Fund, and The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center hosted the well attended ceremony. The rain held off until after the ceremony was over! Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.
Ownership of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse was transferred from the United States Coast Guard to the Township of Alpena on Saturday, October 25 with a ceremony at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena. The transfer included 43.08 acres of Thunder Bay Island in addition to the historic structures. The property will be operated and maintained by the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society in partnership with the Township. Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Coast Guard, the Township of Alpena, the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society, and Senator Carl Levin’s office were all in attendance. Congratulations to the Township of Alpena and the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society!