2 Day Book Signing Also Planned July 19-20 During Tall Ship Celebration
(WALLOON LAKE, Mich) — Michigan storyteller, historian and author Dianna Stampfler will present a lively and upbeat historical program on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30pm at the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library in downtown Bay City – drawing stories from her newly released best-selling book “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” (which includes the Saginaw River Rear Range Light in Bay City on the cover). The program is free and open to the public as the community rallies to welcome the 2019 Tall Ship Celebration.
Stampfler will also be at the Bay City lighthouse selling and signing books from 9am until 4:30pm on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 as a guest of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society – the organization that works to maintain and restore the lighthouse on behalf of its owner, Dow Chemical. The cost of the book, which was released in March from The History Press / Arcadia Publishing, is $20 plus tax.
“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 continue to be amazed at how many people truly love to hear about our historic (and often haunted) lighthouses and the role they played in so many of Michigan’s early industries like mining, lumbering, fishing, agriculture and manufacturing.”
In addition to the Saginaw River Rear Range Light, a dozen other lights around Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are included in the book. During her presentation, Stampfler will share stories about the keepers, their families and their spirits who in many cases remain at these historic beacons. Full of history and lore, the program is suitable for all ages and is sure to be as entertaining as it is educational (or visa versa).
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:
Arcadia Publishing and The History Press is the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, they create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer to their community, their neighbors and their past.