Fund to be Created for Presque Isle Township Lighthouses Restoration

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PRESQUE ISLE, MI – On Tuesday, Oct. 23., at 10 a.m. a check will be presented to the Community Foundation for North East Michigan (CFNEM) from the Presque Isle Township Museum Society and the Presque Isle Township to create the Presque Isle Township Lighthouses Restoration Fund.

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Photo Credit: Doug Coldwell

The event will take place at the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, 5295 East Grand Lake Road, Presque Isle, MI.

The check will include contributions made to the the Honorable Peter Pettalia lighthouse memorial fund that was created at the township hall when the state representative and former Presque Isle Township supervisor was tragically killed in a traffic accident two years ago.

Additionally, the Presque Isle Township Museum Society and the Presque Isle Township will announce the launch of a capital campaign to raise funds to restore the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse which was built in 1840 and is one of the oldest historical structures in northeast Michigan and lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

The highly popular tourist destination is in dire need of restoration and will be boarded up for the winter during the first week of November to prevent further damage due to the poor condition of the windows. The 1840 Lighthouse is particularly well known having been frequently featured in national magazines, books, and news stories this time of year due to persistent local and visitor accounts that it is haunted.

Following the check presentation, the township facilities manager, Matt Bedard, and historian, Jeni Matouszak, will be available to highlight the restoration needs and historical significance of the maritime structures at the site of the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Board members from the Presque Isle Township and the Museum Society, as well as the Community Foundation for North East Michigan will be available for questions and interviews. Members of the Pettalia family have been invited as well.

Locally made cider and donuts will be served.

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