Storyteller, Historian & Author Dianna Stampfler to Present “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” at the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library in Bay City on July 17

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 and 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.

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St. Julian Winery Honored with 34 Awards at 2019 Indy International Wine Competition

St. Julian Winery, recognized as Michigan’s longest-operating and most-awarded winery, submitted 34 wines into the 28th Annual Indy International Wine Competition and every single one of them was awarded a medal. Two wines were also named “Best of Class” including the 2018 Braganini Reserve Gruner Veltliner in the White Vinifera category and 2018 Braganini Reserve Vignoles Late Harvest in the Dessert Wines category.

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Storyteller, Historian & Author Dianna Stampfler to Present 6 Lighthouse Themed Programs throughout eastern Upper Peninsula this June

Michigan storyteller, historian and author Dianna Stampfler will be traveling around the eastern Upper Peninsula mid-June to share stories from many of the state’s historic lighthouses. Michigan is home to more lighthouses (and freshwater coastline) than any other state and during her six entertaining and educational presentations, Stampfler will delve into the keepers’ lives.

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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

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Seven Weeks and Counting…

It’s finally happening. My book is getting closer to publication every single day and it has recently appeared for pre-order on The History Press website and Amazon.com (AMAZON….OMG). Autographed copies will also be sold on this website in March. It’s also listed with the popular book review site, GoodReads.com. It’s surreal…to say the least.

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New Michigan Wine Magazine to Debut March 1

Michigan will have a new wine magazine. Dedicated mostly to Michigan wines, the digital, quarterly publication — michiganUncorked — will be sent electronically to those who subscribe via the website: michiganuncorked.com. The annual subscription rate is $9.99.

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“Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” Scheduled Throughout the Fall Season at Libraries Statewide

For nearly 20 years, Dianna Stampfler has been speaking about Michigan’s lighthouses, their keepers and their ghosts. This fall, she will present a series of free programs called “Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” at libraries around the state.

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Tall Ship Manitou Sets Sail with Multi-Day Great Lakes Windjammers out of Traverse City, Michigan

One of the most unique hands-on Pure Michigan experiences is to spend several days sailing the freshwaters aboard a dual-masted tall ship. You’re invited to board one of the largest sailing vessels in the Great Lakes during one of these autumn windjammer cruises aboard the Tall Ship Manitou with the Traverse Tall Ship Company. These trips combine nature, history and education in a fun and relaxing environment, free from the stress and worries of today’s busy lifestyle.

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St. Julian Winery Honored with 25 Awards at Indy International Wine Competition

St. Julian Winery, founded in 1921 and recognized as Michigan’s longest-operating and most-awarded winery, received the “White Wine of the Year” honors for its 2017 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Estate Riesling at the 27th Annual Indy International Wine Competition – the largest scientifically-organized and independent wine competition in the United States.

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Shedding Light on Michigan’s Historic Female Keepers

Serving as a lighthouse keeper was the only “non-clerical” government job that women were allowed to have in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Michigan had more than 60 women documented as lighthouse keepers at these historic beacons, often serving as assistant keepers with their husbands, fathers or brothers—and in the case of tragedy, many were promoted to the role of head keeper.

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Nancie Oxley Named Vice President of Pure Michigan’s St. Julian Winery

St. Julian Wine Company in Paw Paw has recently named Nancie Oxley as its Vice President. Recognized as Michigan’s first female winemaker, she joined St. Julian in 2002 as the Assistant Winemaker and moved up the ranks to Head Winemaker in 2010.

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Great Lakes, Great Times – in Pure Michigan

Michigan has been welcoming travelers since the 1800s who arrived by steamer ships, trains and later personal automobiles to escape the city heat in Chicago, St. Louis and other locales. They were drawn to the sugar sand beaches, the cool waters and the often allergy-free environment.

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