Our lighthouse recently lost a great and loyal friend and supporter, William “Billy” Rands. Billy has always made sure we had support when needed it for a variety of capital restoration projects he helped finance and he was always encouraging and positive about our project. We will miss him deeply as he really believed in what we were doing, even when it started just by painting the exterior widows. Now over 30 years later the fog signal building is rebuilt as a museum with exhibits of the maritime history of Harbor Beach, we are completely solar powered, we have an exact operating replica of the original Fresnel Lens shining brightly, while the original now sits in a curated space in the nearby Grice House Museum, and the entire lighthouse structure has been recoated in long lasting epoxy based paint which will keep it beautiful for decades. Billy was there every step of the way and the completely restored lighthouse is a legacy of his generosity of resources and positive spirit which will stand for decades to come. Your memorial gift will help us keep it that way!
The Society is completing its capital restoration project this fall with the refinishing of the main tower and completing the interior of the fog signal building to ready it for next year?s tour season!
In order to fund the completion of these projects we are making available a limited edition set of sketches and stretched canvas prints of the painting donated by famed local artist Bob McGreevy to the Society:
?After the Storm; Harbor Beach Harbor of Refuge?
The following signed prints and sketches are available for donations to close out the capital restoration fund to complete the project:
Fresnel Leadership gift: 5 individual sketches $1,500 each
Lantern Room gift: 4 large stretched canvas prints $1,000 each
Lightkeeper gift: 8 smaller stretched canvas prints $500 each
Fog Horn gift: 10 smaller paper prints $250 each
The $18,000 total amount raised will go towards completion of the restoration project and for historic exhibit development and installation in the fog signal building. This will include working replica fog whistles on the roof and several banners inside that will recount nearly 140 years of harbor and lighthouse history.
Please join us as we complete over 35 years of full restoration at one of the most iconic lighthouses in the Great Lakes. Your support will be much appreciated and acknowledged on a special plaque inside the fog building! Please contact Pam Semp or Bill Rands as co chairs of the campaign to make your selection and complete your gift: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
After two generations of restoration, our Harbor Beach Lighthouse stands proud! The Society has spent 37 years restoring our lighthouse. The list of projects includes many that were capital intensive, including the Fresnel lens installation and rebuilding the Fog Signal Building. In all cases, besides any specific technical expertise we couldn?t source internally, everything we?ve done has been with volunteer labor that not only saved us money we didn?t need to raise, but we believe the work was superior just because we enjoy a wealth of talent available to us in the area who rally around our local team leaders when needed. It has been a joy for all of us to honor your donations by doing the very best work we can while keeping our costs as low as possible, all while adhering to the best practices of lighthouse restoration.
2019 marks the transition from a final annual capital request for restoration. After this one big push, we can all take a breath, and rejoice that now our Lighthouse will not need major structural capital for ten to twenty years! The next phase will focus on programming the museum displays in the new Fog Shed, which will not be capital intensive, and solidifying the tour and group visit program which will provide us with a yearly income. Also, after all this effort we must think about strengthening the endowment, which involves ongoing gifts and remembering the Lighthouse in our wills so it can be shining the light for generations to come.