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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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

Sales end on -05/22/2018

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.

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

Sales end on -05/21/2018

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

Sales end on -05/22/2018

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

Conference Registration for Lantern, Fog Horn, and Tower Sponsors Partial Approval -Free

Sales end on -05/21/2018

If you are a sponsor or wish to become a sponsor please register using this method. An approval process will take place after you submit your information.

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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.

Cancellation policy

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

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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

Jonoliver J. Gosier

Office in Charge, ANT Sault St. Marie

Buzz Hoerr

President of Michigan Lighthouse Alliance

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
08:00 PM
Track : Pre-Conference Activity

Informal Social Gathering

TBA

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

08:00 PM
to
09:15 PM
Track : Pre-Conference Activity

Grand Hotel Opening Dinner

Join us at the Grand Hotel for a wonderful dinner and presentation.

08:45 AM
to
09:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

History of the Grand Hotel

Bob Tagatz

Learn about the history of the magnificant Grant Hotel.

09:30 AM
to
10:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 1

United States and Michigan Lighthouse History

John Wagner

Explore the history of US and Michigan lighthouses.

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

Canadian Great Lakes Lighthouse History

Larry Wright

Explore Canadian lighthouses and hear why, when, and how these lighthouses were built, as well as current restoration efforts.

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

Lunch Presentation with Travel Michigan

TBA

Learn about Michigan's marketing initiative and how it involves lighthouses to increase tourism.

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

National Park Service Lighthouse Program

Dena Sanford

Presentation on National Park Service history with US lighthouses and an update on transfers of lighthouses.

01:30 PM
to
02:15 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Great Lakes Lifesaving Service

Jeff Shook

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

02:30 PM
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04:30 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.

04:45 PM
to
05:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Mackinac Island History

Steve Brisson

Learn about the history of Mackinac Island, MI.

05:30 PM
to
06:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Informal Social Gathering

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

06:30 PM
to
08:30 PM
Track : Conference - Day 1

Grand Hotel Dinner and Beacon Award Ceremony

TBA

08:00 AM
to
08:30 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

MLA Annual Meeting

08:30 AM
to
09:00 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

United States Lightship Service 1820-1985: Great Lakes Lightships

Robert Maninno, Jr.

Learn about national and international lightship history.

09:00 AM
to
09:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

National Lighthouse Museum

Linda Dianto

10:00 AM
to
11:00 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.

11:00 AM
to
11:45 AM
Track : Conference - Day 2

Current Aids to Navigation Issues

Jonoliver J. Gosier

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

01:15 PM
to
02:00 PM
Track : Conference - Day 2

United States and Canadian Funding Programs

TBA

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

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

Panel and Audience Discussion on Our Shared Future

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.