Date(s) - Tue, Sep 13, 2022 - Sat, Sep 17, 2022
Traverse Tall Ship Company
Michigan is home to nearly 130 lighthouses – more than any other state in America. The first built here was Fort Gratiot in Port Huron, before Michigan even became a state. Over the years, these towering beacons have guarded the Great Lakes shorelines and guided mariners traveling through these freshwater seas. The stories of their keepers are fascinating and while the profession may seem romantic, it was often dangerous and lonely. Throughout this excursion, you’ll be introduced to many of these keepers and their families, including a handful of women who served in the male-dominated, government-run industry. You’ll also hear a few ghost stories and tales of death and despair, all from the pages of Dianna Stampfler’s books “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” and “Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes” (both published by The History Press).
A special tour of Grand Traverse Lighthouse is included, and each guest will receive an autographed copy of one of Dianna’s books. Additional copies will also be available for purchase.
Dianna Stampfler has been researching Michigan’s lighthouses and their families for 25 years, her interest first piqued while working on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide published by the West Michigan Tourist Association. She has penned countless articles and presented hundreds entertaining and educational programs to thousands of people around the state. As the president of Promote Michigan, Dianna spends her days highlighting the people, places and products of her home state – with a focus on travel, outdoor recreation, historic sites and haunted attractions.