As our story unfolds...

So far, we consider the people we've met since the news broke about the auction for the lighthouse (in the Summer of 2016) one of the very best parts of this adventure. Here are some of the stories in which we've been fortunate enough to take part.

These stories provide a rough timeline of our progress and plans for the future.


How it all Started


MLIVE: The Grand Rapids Press 

This story announced the auction. Perhaps it was written about the same time our dreams of becoming light keepers were beginning to take shape. (previously published in 2016, updated 5/19/17)


Fall of 2016, Where we Came In


Leelaunau Enterprise

In this story our Board President, Daniel Oginsky, shares some of the details of how this all began with Amy Hubbell. (10/16)

Up North Live

This was an exciting opportunity for us! Brendan Kinney of 7&4 and traveled with Board Members Daniel and Anna Oginsky and Jake Kaberle to see the Crib and featured us in a news story! We had a blast with Brendan and Jimmy Munoz of North Manitou Island Transit, our fearless captain. Two of Jake's daughters were even able to join us! Make sure to watch Brendan's awesome news story as well as read it. (11/14/16)

In this story Nicole White has a candid conversation about our plans with Board member, Jake Kaberle. We look forward to continuing to share our progress with Nicole! (12/3/16)

Traverse City Record Eagle

In this feature story Carol South touches on the history of the Crib, how we came to be a part of its history, and our plans for the future. She also talks to Gene Sensing, a former member of the North Manitou Shoal Light crew in the 1960's. (1/8/17)


Summer of 2016, When the restoration work began


Dbusiness: Detroit's Premier Business Journal

Here, Stephanie Shenouda announces our acquisition of the North Manitou Shoal Light and shares restoration plans for Summer 2017. This feature also provides information pertaining to our membership levels. (7/13/17)

Glen Arbor Sun

This historical feature also discusses our acquisition of the North Manitou Shoal Light, as well as current and future restoration plans. The feature includes information about our contractor, Mihm Enterprises. (7/13/17)

Michigan Radio’s Stateside

Here Lester Graham talks to NMLK Board Member, Anna Oginsky, about the our plans for restoring and preserving the North Manitou Shoal Light as well as plans to make it accessible to the public in the future, despite obstacles we might face due to variables outside our control. (8/18/17)

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Modern Creative Life

In her essay, Being Light, NMLK Board Member Anna Oginsky reflects on her experience with North Manitou Light Keepers and the lighthouse as a metaphor. (10/23/17)

Mlive : Michigan

This story provides a great summary of the story of North Manitou Light Keepers since its inception. (11/26/17)


Spring of 2018, Preparing for Another Summer of Restoration


The Livingston

In this story Rachel Matuszewski reports on the story of the North Manitou Light Keepers and provides readers with information about how they can get involved in the restoration project. (5/21/18)





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We look forward to connecting with you!