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Manitou Island Light Station Project

Posted on May 3, 2018 – 6:52 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites those who are interested in learning about the Manitou Island Light Station project to a presentation on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.


Bryan Lijewski, licensed architect with the State Historic Preservation Office, and Michelle Smay, owner of Smay Trombley Architecture, will discuss new reports analyzing current conditions of the Manitou Island Light Station. Their presentation will include an in-depth look at the history and development of the light station, rarely seen old photographs, and images of the structure as it stands today. Current challenges facing preservation efforts and possible solutions will also be shared as well as information about how the community can become involved in the preservation effort.


Construction of the Manitou Island Light Station was authorized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The Keweenaw Land Trust acquired the 93 acre property from the U.S. Government in 2004 under the auspices of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The island is a refuge for a vast number of birds during spring and fall migrations, and it is open to the public for rock collecting, kayaking, bird watching, and visiting the lighthouse grounds.


Library events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

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