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New Presque Isle Lighthouses and the 1905 Keeper’s House

Use this online portal to learn about our rich maritime history as you explore our two lighthouses, range lights, and museums . . .

The Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses and the 1905 Keeper’s House will open to the public on Friday, May 27! We look forward to welcoming our visitors, Museum Society members, and loyal volunteers for another exciting season. There are many events and activities on tap–check our Events page for the most up-to-date information. And to plan your visit, see our hours and directions.

Interested in participating in our 2022 Presque Isle Lighthouses Youth Art Contest or the two Presque Isle Lighthouses Photo Contests? All the details are located on our Events page!

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, August 6, for the 2022 Annual meeting of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society. Please note that the meeting has been moved to the  Township Hall:

Annual Meeting of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society

Saturday, August 6, Township Hall, 12653 E. Grand Lake Road
Presque Isle, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION and plan to join us at the Presque Isle Township Hall. We’ll share information about our collections, programs, financial position, and goals, and are eager to hear ideas and comments from our members! Newly elected members of the PITMS Board of Directors will be announced. And the winning ticket for the raffle of Clint Douthitt’s award-winning photo of the Old Lighthouse will be drawn!

We’re delighted to share with you the 2022 Annual Report of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society.

Preserving our Lighthouses

Our historic lighthouses symbolize our rich maritime history and attract visitors from around the country. Owned and operated by the Township, these historic beacons have weathered many winters, but they also require significant resources to keep them standing proud.

In 2018, Presque Isle Township Museum Society (PITMS) & Presque Isle Township established the Presque Isle Township Lighthouses Restoration Fund. Administered by the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), the fund supports the Township’s efforts to restore and preserve the Old and New Lighthouses and related buildings.

On November 30, we participated in GivingTuesday, an annual global day of giving when people join together to do good for their community. We were pleased to be under the umbrella of CFNEM’s GivingTuesday campaign and grateful to a number of businesses who made advance commitments to support the Lighthouse restoration efforts. Many individuals followed their lead, impacting the future of the Lighthouses and the character of our community by donating on GivingTuesday and in the months that followed. As a result, $12,774 has been added to the Presque Isle Township Lighthouses Restoration Fund. If you were among them, we thank you!

Be a part of history! Consider becoming a member or simply making a donation. Your gift will help keep the lighthouses and the stories of those who cared for them alive for generations to come.

We thank you for your support!

For lighthouse lovers, Presque Isle is a must-see stop in Northern Michigan.  Our 1870 Lighthouse is the tallest light on the Great Lakes that the public may climb.  Our 1840 Lighthouse is one of the oldest lights on the Great Lakes.  And our 1870 Harbor Range Light honors the small, dedicated group of women who were appointed keepers in a profession dominated by men. And the 1905 Keeper’s House serves as a museum highlighting local history and the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Easy to find! Hard to leave!

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

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