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The History Press Contracts with Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan for “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” Book

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state and some 30 of those are rumored to be haunted by the spirits of former keepers, mariners and others with ties to these historic beacons.

Inside the pages of “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses,” long-time writer and promoter of all things Michigan, Dianna Stampfler, shares stories of those who dedicated their lives—and afterlives—to protecting the Great Lakes shoreline. The 144-page book, part of the “Haunted America” series, will be released March 4, 2019 from The History Press and is available for pre-order for $19.99 on the publisher’s website, as well as on Autographed copies will be available online at in early March.

Cover“I have been researching, writing and presenting programs about Michigan’s lighthouses and their keepers for more than 20 years,” says Stampfler, who launched her company Promote Michigan in 2004 after serving for seven years as the marketing and media director with the West Michigan Tourist Association.

“I am honored that The History Press contacted me asking if I was interested in writing a book for them. I know many of these stories intimately, but I’ve been digging in even more to find photos, historical records, newspaper clippings and other details that shed light on the history of these beacons. I have even uncovered some facts that contradict what I previously believed about some of the keepers, which is exciting to me and hopefully to my readers.” Throughout the year, Stampfler will present several public programs at libraries around the state where she will share these spirited stories – including the premier date on Friday, March 22 at the Historical Society of Michigan’s Local History Conference in Sterling Heights. For the schedule of upcoming events, or to book a program, visit the Promote Michigan Speaker’s Bureau online.

Stampfler has been professionally writing and broadcasting since high school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with emphasis in Community Journalism and Communications with emphasis in radio broadcasting from Western Michigan University. She is a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, Great Lakes Maritime Museum, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Great Lakes and West Michigan Tourist Association. Stampfler was born and raised in Plainwell but currently lives in Walloon Lake, where she welcomes visits from her two adult children, her family and friends.

About History Press & Arcadia Publishing:

Founded in 2004, History Press publishes local and regional history and culture from coast to coast. Be it narratives of local heroes, tragic losses, collections of homegrown recipes, historic mysteries and everything in between, History Press books act as valued touchstones for community identity. Publishing varied and dynamic titles complete with rich archival materials to illuminate each text, their books are useful resources for research and preservation. The History Press is a division of Arcadia Publishing, which has been in operation for more than 20 years with a purpose of reconnecting people to their community, their neighbors, and their past by offering a curbside view of hometown history and often forgotten aspects of American life.