Many people are fascinated by lighthouses.
Lighthouses were created to serve a commercial function as navigational aids.
However, over the years these beacons in the night have also taken on a symbolic
value that goes far beyond their practical purpose. The Clarke Historical
Library has a large number of books and other materials documenting Michigan's
lighthouses. This exhibit features much of that material.
This web exhibit examines the lighthouses of Michigan from
- A general history of lighthouses in Michigan
- A detailed chronology of Michigan lighthouses
- A discussion of the lighthouse keeper's life
- A bibliography of lighthouse sources within the Clarke
To view the various parts of the exhibit, click on one of
the links on the left, or to leave the exhibit, press the "Home Page" link which
will return you to the Clarke Library home page.
The library thanks John L. Wagner for permission to use
images taken from his book, Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial
Photographic Perspective (East Lansing, MI: John L. Wagner, 1994).