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Documenting the Work of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Founded in 1983, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) has worked both to restore lighthouses on the Great Lakes and to involve youth in their projects to ensure that the next generation will carry on the organization’s work. The Clarke Library

One project that has involved youth over many years has been the annual trip by Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 4 (Ann Arbor) to help restore the lighthouse on St. Helena Island. The St. Helena Light was one of many that once helped ships navigate through the Straits of Mackinac. The Boy Scouts have also helped with work on the museum vessel Mackinaw, a retired Great Lakes ice breaker that was operated by the United States Coast Guard between 1944 and 2006 (WAGB 83). The ship is now moored in Mackinaw City and may be toured by the public (

The photographic album displayed here was undertaken as part of Eagle Scout projects undertaken by Steven and Ben Kirsch.




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