White Shoal LightMany 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 four perspectives.

  • 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 Library