2022 Events

Raffle and Online Contests

Summer Raffle

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse (1840)

Morning Light, 2017, by Clint Douthitt
First Place Jurors’ Award
2020 PITMS Lighthouse Photo Contest

May 27—August 6

Between May 27 and August 6, you’ll have the chance to own a framed color photograph of the Old Lighthouse, generously donated by the photographer, Clint Douthitt. Tickets will be sold at various events over the summer and in the 1905 House. Tickets are $5 each (or $20 for 5 tickets). The winning ticket will be drawn at the PITMS Annual Meeting on August 6 at 11:30 am. (You do not need to be present to win.) Raffle proceeds will benefit the PITMS education programs.

Online Contests

2022 Presque Isle Lighthouses Youth Art Contest

June 1—August 20

Presque Isle Township Museum Society (PITMS) invites students in grades K-8 to participate in the 2022 Presque Isle Lighthouses Youth Art Contest.


  • Submissions must show the Presque Isle Old Lighthouse (1840) or Presque Isle New Lighthouse (1870.)
  • Limit of two (2) entries per youth.
  • Artwork must be entirely the work of the youth.
  • Do not put name on front of artwork.
  • Media
    • Must be 2-dimensional work (no sculpture, ceramics, etc.)
    • Artwork can be made using pastels, pencils, crayons, paint, glitter, markers, etc. on a flat surface such as paper, canvas, poster board, etc.
    • No photography or digitally created entries–must be hand-crafted artwork and meet the media specifications above.


Grades K-1
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8


  • Submissions will be accepted between June 1 and August 20
  • Artwork may be scanned as a high resolution pdf or photographed at the high resolution setting (jpg or tif format, 2.5M or larger size, if possible).
  • Attach the digital image to an email to PITMSArtContest@gmail.com
  • In the email, include the information found on the entry form or a completed entry form (download entry form: Art Contest Entry Form 2022):
    • Student’s Name
    • Age
    • Title of Artwork
    • Grade on May 1, 2022
    • Parent’s name

Contest sponsors retain the right to use artwork submitted to this contest for educational, outreach, and promotional non-commercial use. Any use of artwork will include credit to the student. Credit for students will be identified by first name/last initial only. All winning artwork and honorable mentions will be posted on the PITMS website and in social media. Personal identifiable information on the entry form will be held securely and not released to any outside individual or organization.

To celebrate the beauty and history of our beautiful historic lighthouses, the Presque Isle Township Museum Society is hosting a photo contest this summer. Submit your best photos and help celebrate the beauty and history of these special places. Winning photos for Juried 1st and 2nd places and People’s Choice award in each category will be featured on the PITMS website and social media.

2022 Presque Isle Lighthouses Photo Contests


Photos will be accepted in two separate categories:

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse
Submission: June 1 – July 15

New Presque Isle Lighthouse
Submission: August 1 – September 15


Submit photos (minimum of 1200 pixels wide) to PITMSPhotos@gmail.com.

All images MUST include the following information: photographer’s name, title/subject, and year the photo was taken.


  1. We will assume that, in submitting a photo, you are the photographer and own the right to publish it (including permission/model release for anyone identifiably pictured).
  2. By submitting a photo, you are giving us permission to use the photo for non-commercial purposes, such as on our website, on social media, and in other Presque Isle Township Museum Society not-for-profit publications. We will provide credit to photographers whenever we use any of the photos. These photos are not for sale and are not for commercial use unless prior permission is arranged with the photographer.
  3. Respect privacy and private residences when photographing.
  4. Photos that are submitted without identifying information (photographer, title/subject, and year the photo was taken) will not be considered.
  5. Photos should be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (but the bigger, the better!).
  6. Members of the PITMS Board of Directors and their families are excluded from participating.


Send them to PITMSPhotos@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Unless otherwise noted, events are held at the New Presque Isle Lighthouse Park, 4500 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle, MI

Concerts at the Lighthouse

July 6, 13, 20, & 27, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair and join us on Wednesday evenings in July for great music in a relaxed setting. The PITMS will offer a free Kids’ Crafts Table (stop by to make a lighthouse or spy glasses) and raffle tickets will be on sale for a chance to win the beautiful photo of the Old Lighthouse.

The scheduled musicians are as follows:

  • July 6: Wayne Kendiorski
  • July 13: Steve Rea
  • July 20: TBA
  • July 27: Birch Road Band


Saturday, July 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Help us keep Presque Isle beautiful and clean! We’ll be doing a roadside cleanup of E. Grand Lake Rd. from Rt 638 to the New Lighthouse Park. Meet in the parking lot at Presque Isle Harbor Marina.

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.

Labor Day Picnic

Saturday, Sept. 3 (time to be announced)
The Township’s annual Labor Day Picnic is a great way to wind down from the busy summer season and enjoy the fellowship of friends and family.

“Adopt-A-Beach” Public Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:00-11:00 am

The Museum Society is participating in the Adopt-a-Beach program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Every year, thousands of Adopt-a-Beach volunteers come together to keep our Great Lakes beaches clean.

On Saturday, September 17, show your Presque Isle Pride by helping clean our Presque Isle beaches and shoreline along the Presque Isle Peninsula. Details to be announced.

Autumn Lights Festival

Saturday, Oct. 8 (time to be announced)

The Autumn Lights Festival celebrates the close of the season with many family-friendly activities at the New Lighthouse Park. Come out for a tower climb and a tour of the 1905 Keeper’s house!

Past Events

Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show at the Presque Isle Harbor Marina

Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Visit our booth to learn more about the PITMS, enjoy games and crafts for kids, and purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win the award-winning photograph of the Old Lighthouse, “Morning Light,” by Clint Douthitt.

Independence Day Festivities

Saturday, July 2 
Independence Day Parade at the New Lighthouse Park in the morning, with evening fireworks at the Harbor.

2021 Events

Christmas Carols at the 1905 Keeper’s House

Friday, December 17: 6:00 p.m.

Join us in front of the 1905 Keeper’s House to hear carols of the season performed by community singers and musicians. Enjoy the festive holiday lights on the New Lighthouse!

We will be accepting donations of hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens and will ensure they reach those in need within the community.

Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

From all of us at the PITMS, we wish you a happy holiday season.

Autumn Lights Festival and Chili Cook-off

Saturday, October 16: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Join us at the New Lighthouse Park to celebrate autumn in Northeast Michigan! Food and fun activities for the whole family. Free admission, donations accepted.

The 1905 Keeper’s House will be open from noon to 3 pm, so come in to see Keeper Elmer Byrnes, some of the newer additions to our collection, and the informative interpretive panels throughout the house–new this year thanks to a grant from the U.S. Lighthouse Society (USLHS).

“Adopt-a-Beach” Public Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, September 18: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Show your Presque Isle Pride on September 18!

The Museum Society is participating in the Adopt-a-Beach program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Every year, thousands of Adopt-a-Beach volunteers come together to keep our Great Lakes beaches clean.

On Saturday, September 18, show your Presque Isle Pride by helping clean our Presque Isle beaches and shoreline along the Presque Isle Peninsula. Please RSVP (not required but appreciated) to PITMSEvents@gmail.com by September 11.

Meet at Garrity Hall in the New Lighthouse Park (4500 E. Grand Lake Rd., Presque Isle, MI):

  • Start and end anytime between 9 am and noon.
  • Check-in at the pavilion to pick up supplies (bags, datasheet).
  • Clean your favorite shoreline/beach between the Range Light Park and the northern tip of the New Lighthouse Park. (Please do not trespass on private property.) We will have a map with available areas.
  • Bring back collected trash to be weighed, turn in datasheet, and pick up a snack.


  • Bring gloves
  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress for the weather
  • Work with a buddy to pick up trash and record data
  • Never pick up dead animals or feces. Leave them where they are found.
  • Be cautious if you encounter suspicious looking items. Contact authorities to alert them or to ask for guidance.
  • Be careful with sharp objects, such as broken glass or syringes/needles.

We ask our volunteers to complete datasheets recording the type and quantity of trash collected. Completing the datasheets helps researchers with the Alliance for the Great Lakes understand the sources and impacts of pollution in our Great Lakes.

Give back to our beautiful community on the shores of Lake Huron! Working together, we can keep our Presque Isle beaches looking clean and pristine. Join us on September 18!

2021 Presque Isle Lighthouse Youth Art Contest

May 29 – August 14, 2021

We’d like to thank all the young artists who submitted their creative images of the Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses. To see the winning entries, visit News.

PITMS Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 7: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Garrity Hall, New Presque Isle Lighthouse Park

Join us for the 2021 Annual Meet1ing of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society. Learn about the activities of the PITMS during the past year, help us thank our great volunteers, meet our new board members, and enjoy an ice cream treat as we celebrate National Lighthouse Day! You can view the agenda and meeting materials here.

National Lighthouse Day

August 7, 2021

Music at the Lighthouse

Wednesdays, July 21 through August 11: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening concert by a variety of musicians. During each concert, the PITMS will host a free crafts table for younger audience members–stop by to make your own lighthouse or a spyglass. (In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Township Hall located at 12653 E Grand Lake Road.)

Concert Schedule:

  • July 21: Charles Madison and Mark Tarsney
  • July 28: LBA Band (Little Band from Alpena, Wayne Kendiorski’s Band)
  • August 4: Ted Wasilewski
  • August 11- Steve Rea


Saturday, July 17: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Each summer, the PITMS picks up litter and debris along East Grand Lake Road, from E Co Rd 638 to the New Lighthouse Park. A dedicated group of volunteers, including Dick Lefevre, Nancy Guregian, Mark Rutenbar, John Poch, LaRae Rutenbar, and Mary Tagliareni (not pictured) gathered on July 17 to keep the road leading to the lighthouses clean and pristine. Thank you!

Annual Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 3, 2021: 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the New Lighthouse Park for this annual parade–traveling three times around the Lighthouse–hosted by the Friends of the Grand Lake Library. Decorate your ATV, bikes, and buggies to celebrate the birth of our nation. Although there will be no community picnic, the parade will be followed by games and music in the park.

Michigan Lighthouse Tour

March 1 – May 31, 2021

NOTE: This event has expanded dates and more ways to participate–you can run, walk, cycle or track your daily steps!

It’s time to get up, get out, and get going!

The New Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of 28 Michigan lighthouses featured in the Michigan Lighthouse Tour, a 2,021-mile virtual exercise journey hosted by the Michigan Sports Alliance. Assemble a team of 6, 12, or 24 people (or compete individually on a “free agent” team) and register by February 26, 2021 at https://michigansportsalliance.org/michigan-lighthouse-tour. Track your activity as you run, walk, cycle, or use your treadmill over the course of 3 months and enjoy your virtual journey around the state of Michigan to see 28 lighthouses!