Three historic lighthouses awarded $113,333 in state preservation grants

Media Contact: Misty Elliott
517-335-9847 | ElliottM7@michigan.gov

February 20, 2019

LANSING, MICH. – Three historic lighthouses in need of assessment and repair will receive Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA to keep them shining bright on our coasts.

“The lighthouses that dot Michigan’s vast coastlines and stand tall offshore are vulnerable to the elements and require upkeep,” said MSHDA Executive Director Earl Poleski. “SHPO’s lighthouse preservation grants help lighthouse stewards protect and preserve these beacons for all of us.”

Funding for this program comes from the sale of specialty Save Our Lights license plates available at all Secretary of State branch offices. To date, SHPO has awarded more than $2.2 million to help rehabilitate and preserve lighthouses for tourists and residents alike to explore and appreciate.

“Because of the generosity of people who pay a little extra for a lighthouse license plate, we are able to award grants that help preserve these iconic Michigan structures for the long term,” Poleski said.

The 2019 MLAP grant recipients are:

North Manitou Light Keepers, Inc. - $40,000
Historic Resource: 
North Manitou Shoal Light
Location of Nearest City: Leland  
Use of Funds: The North Manitou Light Keepers, Inc. will hire a consultant to produce a Historic Structure Report (HSR) for the North Manitou Shoal Light to guide future rehabilitation in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Township of Grosse Ile - $40,000
Historic Resource:  Grosse Ile Light
Location of Nearest City: Grosse Ile, MI
Use of Funds: The Township of Grosse Ile will hire contractors to replace deteriorated exterior wood features, repaint the entire exterior of the Grosse Ile Light, rehabilitate four double-hung wood windows and repair damaged interior finishes in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Keweenaw County Historical Society - $33,333
Historic Resource:  Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Location of Nearest City: Eagle Harbor, MI
Use of Funds: The Keweenaw County Historical Society will hire contractors to replace or rehabilitate 12 double-hung wood windows, rehabilitate two original wood casement windows in the tower and build and install 13 new wood storm windows at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. The project will also include improvements to the interior ventilation of the lighthouse. All work will comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Awardees are chosen annually through a competitive application process. Grant recipients are required to contribute 50 percent of the grant amount as matching funds. SHPO’s Historic Lighthouses of Michigan maps, auto decals and other materials are available at welcome centers throughout the state. More information about the program, including electronic versions of the lighthouse map, posters, postcards and more is available at michigan.gov/saveourlights.