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The Lights of Michigan

Lighthouses have been a part of Michigan’s history for many years. Many people in this state will take the opportunity over the summer to visit some of the close to one hundred that are still here, some of which are in public hands and even others that have accommodations for visitors. There are many beautiful books in the Local History Room that have wonderful photographs and interesting information about these buildings.  Some of the newer ones that you can find include:

There also is a book that deals with the subject of women lighthouse keepers:

Women Who Kept the Lights by Mary Clifford (H 627.9 C638)

Along with all of these there are many fine websites on this subject:

So, if you plan on traveling around Michigan this summer, visit a lighthouse or two, or three…


Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia
Lynn H

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