From Pharos to the Future!

Sun, May 20 2018, 2:00 PM - Tue, May 22 2018, 3:00 PM [EST]

286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI, United States

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Conference Fee if Staying at the Grand Hotel Partial Approval -$80.00

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Cost if staying at the Grand Hotel. Your per night stay at the Grand Hotel includes lodging, all meals, all gratuity, and all hotel taxes. Make sure to book your stay at the Grand before April 20, 2018.

Conference Fee if NOT staying at the Grand Hotel Partial Approval - $335.00

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Cost if staying anywhere but the Grand Hotel to cover meals and conference fees.

Included in Conference Registration - Lighthouse Tour on Shepler's Ferry Partial Approval -Free

Sales end on -05/20/2018

Join us for a lighthouse tour before landing at Mackinac Island. Registration begins at 2:00PM EST and the cruise leaves from Mackinaw City at 3:30PM EST. Please note, there will be an $8.50 fee for those bringing luggage.

Lighthouse Tour for Non-attendees (spouse, friend, etc) Partial Approval - $35.00

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If you are traveling with others who are not attending the conference but would like to take the pre-conference lighthouse tour, please include this ticket in your registration.

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Event Information

Sun, May 20 2018, 2:00 PM - Tue, May 22 2018, 3:00 PM [EST]

About the Events

The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance invites you to join us in the heart of Michigan lighthouse country for a world class conference and extrodinary experience at The Grand Hotel on historic Mackinac Island, MI.

When you book your stay at the Grand it includes lodging, all meals, all gratuity, and all hotel taxes and discounts your conference registration to $80.00, if you choose to book your stay elsewhere your registration fee is $335.00.

 

Book your stay at the Grand Hotel for the best conference pricing.

Conference Program

Cancellation policy

Michigan Lighthouse Alliance will charge a $10 administrative fee for cancellations.

Event Location

About the Organizer

Michigan Lighthouse Alliance's mission is to preserve, advocate for, be stewards of, and tell the stories of Michigan's historic lighthouses and associated Great Lakes maritime heritage.

CONTACT ORGANIZER

Event Speakers

Terry Pepper

President of Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Bob Tagatz

Resident Historian at the Grand Hotel

John Wagner

Author/Photographer/Pilot

Larry Wright

Author

Dena Sanford

Architectural Historian

Jeff Shook

Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

Steve Brisson

Deputy Director - State Historic Parks

Robert Maninno, Jr.

US Lightship Museum

Linda Dianto

Executive Director of National Lighthouse Museum

Bruce Lynn

Executive Director of Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Jim Woodward & Dan Spinella

Co-speakers

Buzz Hoerr

President of Michigan Lighthouse Alliance

Wayne Wheeler

President and Founder of US Lighthouse Society

Kelly Wolgamott

Director of Travel Marketing

BM1 Ted C. Connelly

USCG Aids-to Navigation Team, Group Soo

Ric Mixter & Dan Hall

Muscians

Joseph Smith

Scholar/Performing Artist of Living History

Brian Conway

State Historic Preservation Officer

Event Schedule

  • May 20, 2018
  • May 21, 2018
  • May 22, 2018
03:30 PM
to
06:00 PM
Track : Pre-Conference Activity

Lighthouse Cruise

Terry Pepper

Mackinaw City, MI

Tour Michigan Lighthouses onboard a Shepler's Ferry, narrated by Terry Pepper.

07:30 PM
to
08:30 PM
Track : Pre-Conference Activity

Grand Opening Dinner

Grand Pavilion

Join us at the Grand Hotel for a social event before dinner. A cash bar will be available.

08:30 PM
to
10:00 PM
Track : Pre-Conference Activity

Music & Presentation

Ric Mixter & Dan Hall

Grand Pavilion

Ric Mixter and Dan Hall present Storm: Survivals and Rescues on the Great Lakes.

07:30 AM
to
08:15 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Breakfast at the Grand

Main Dining Room

08:15 AM
to
08:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Welcome Address

Grand Pavilion

08:30 AM
to
09:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

US/MI Lighthouse History: Why Lighthouses Were Needed

John Wagner

Interesting stories about the development of lighthouses presented with aerial photos.

09:30 AM
to
09:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Break

09:45 AM
to
10:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Canadian Great Lakes Lighthouse History

Larry Wright

Presentation and photos showing lighthouses and their history, why, when, and how they were built and staffed, and current restoration.

10:45 AM
to
11:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

The History of the Grand Hotel

Bob Tagatz

11:30 AM
to
12:15 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

350 Years at Mackinac

Steve Brisson

12:15 PM
to
01:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Lunch

TBA

Grand Pavilion

Lunch buffet

01:00 PM
to
01:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Pure Michigan: Continuing the Momentum

Kelly Wolgamott

Presenting the state's marketing initiative and how it involves lighthouses to increase tourism.

01:30 PM
to
02:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

National Park Service Lighthouse Program

Dena Sanford

The NPS history with US lighthouses and an update on transfers.

02:00 PM
to
02:45 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Great Lakes Lifesaving Service

Jeff Shook

How Lifesaving Service worked with Aids to Navigation to provide rescue response.

02:45 PM
to
03:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Break

03:00 PM
to
05:45 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Panel Presentations and Audience Q&A

Buzz Hoerr

Topics will include lighthouse sustainability, onshore/offshore lights, tours, keeper programs, fundraising, and recruiting.

05:45 PM
to
07:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Informal Social Gathering

Join us for some informal networking. A cash bar will be available.

07:00 PM
to
08:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Grand Hotel Dinner and Beacon Award Ceremony

TBA

08:30 PM
to
09:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Keynote Speaker: The History of Lighthouses: From Bonfires to Satellites

Wayne Wheeler

As President and founder of the US Lighthouse Society, the name Wayne Wheeler has become synonymous with lighthouse preservation and education.

07:30 AM
to
08:15 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Breakfast at the Grand

Main Dining Room

08:15 AM
to
08:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

United States and International Lightship History

Robert Maninno, Jr.

08:45 AM
to
09:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

The History of the National Lighthouse Museum

Linda Dianto

09:30 AM
to
09:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Break

09:45 AM
to
10:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Illumination History: Pharos to Fresnel

Jim Woodward & Dan Spinella

Learn the history of the development of lighthouses from the time of Pharos to recent history.

10:30 AM
to
11:15 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Through a New Lens: Augustin Fresnel

Joseph Smith

11:15 AM
to
12:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Current Aids to Navigation Issues

BM1 Ted C. Connelly

Learn about current challenges, the status of lighthouses as visual aids, satellites, and other navigation systems.

12:30 PM
to
01:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Lunch

01:30 PM
to
02:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

35 Years of Lighthouse Preservation Progress

Wayne Wheeler

We've come a long way, baby!

02:00 PM
to
02:45 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

United States and Canadian Funding Programs

Brian Conway

--PRELIMINARY-- May Change Learn about funding opportunities.

02:45 PM
to
03:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Break

03:00 PM
to
03:45 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

The Future: Visioning Session on How We Can Improve Lighthouse Sustainability

Buzz Hoerr

Those who control the past, control the present and those who control the present control the future. We're in the middle. The more that we know about the history the better we can project a sustainable future together.

03:45 PM
to
04:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Closing Remarks & MLA Annual Meeting