Saturday, December 15, 2007



Let Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan introduce you to the ladies who kept the lights burning at beacons throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating from the1840s to present day.

Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.

“Ladies of the Lights” is ideal for museums, libraries, schools, historical societies, churches, life-long learning programs & senior centers and women’s groups. In 2007, audiences at more than two dozen venues have raved about this program. A list of those venues is available upon request.

FEE: $250 (plus 48 cents per mile, round trip from Plainwell) Overnight accommodations and a $25 per day meal per diem may be required for
programs more than 100 miles from Plainwell or those that start before 7am or after 8pm.

45-90 minutes (length can be tailored per program)

Computer w/ PowerPoint 2003; LCD projection.

Dianna Stampfler
President - Promote Michigan

Since 1997, Dianna Stampfler has been presenting lively and upbeat programs about the area’s historic lighthouses —speaking to dozens of groups each year about the historic beacons that guard the Great Lakes shorelines. Considered a lighthouse expert by many, she shares tidbits, local lore and even ghost stories about these dedicated keepers and their treasured lights. Dianna is a professional speaker, with a degree in communications from Western Michigan University and 20 years experience in radio broadcasting and public speaking. She’s written several articles about the lighthouses of Michigan, appearing in publications such as Michigan Living, Michigan Blue, Michigan Travel Ideas and the Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide. Over the years, she has held memberships in the Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association and Historical Society of Michigan.

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