Three Great Lakes lighthouses have been awarded grants from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program through the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office from money collected solely from the sale of Michigan’s Save Our Lights automobile license plates.
The 1904 Crisp Point Lighthouse near Paradise, Michigan was awarded $60,000 to hire a contractor to make renovations of the exterior of the lighthouse, which will be matched by $70,000 raised by the Crisp Point Light Historical Society.
The North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse will get $50,000 to hire a consultant to rehabilitate the watch deck of this 1935 offshore lighthouse near the Manitou Shoal Passage in Lake Michigan. This will include removing non-historic steel plates, replacing holes and cracks in the deck, making improvements in drainage, sealing and flashing of seams and joints, and resurfacing the entire watch deck. The $50,000 grant will be matched by $30,000 raised by the North Manitou Shoal Light Preservation Society.
The 1829 Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron will receive $16,667 to hire a consultant to rehabilitate the watch room and lantern of the state’s oldest lighthouse. The work will include repairs to the interior and exterior metalwork, painting, caulking, and installing new glass windows. The grant will be matched by $8,333 from St. Clair County Parks and Recreation.
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