“Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” Shares Spirited Stories from Around the Great Lakes State

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state and some 30 of those are rumored to be haunted by the spirits of former keepers, mariners, and others with ties to these historic beacons.

Inside the pages of “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses,” long-time writer and promoter of all things Michigan, Dianna Stampfler, shares stories of those who dedicated their lives—and afterlives—to protecting the Great Lakes shoreline. The 144-page book, part of The History Press “Haunted America” series, is now available for purchase online at for $19.99 (plus shipping/handling and tax). All copies purchased from the author are autographed and/or personalized.

“I have been researching, writing and presenting programs about Michigan’s lighthouses and their keepers for more than 20 years,” says Stampfler, who launched her company Promote Michigan in 2004 after serving for seven years as the marketing and media director with the West Michigan Tourist Association.

“I am honored that The History Press contacted me asking if I was interested in writing a book for them. I know many of these stories intimately, but I’ve been digging in even more to find photos, historical records, newspaper clippings and other details that shed light on the history of these beacons. I have even uncovered some facts that contradict what I previously believed about some of the keepers, which is exciting to me and hopefully to my readers.”

Throughout the year, Stampfler will present several public programs at libraries around the state where she will share these spirited stories – including the premiere date on Friday, March 22 at the Historical Society of Michigan’s Local History Conference in Sterling Heights. For the schedule of upcoming events, or to book a program, visit the Promote Michigan Speaker’s Bureau online.

Stampfler has been professionally writing and broadcasting since high school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Community Journalism and Communications with an emphasis in radio broadcasting from Western Michigan University. She is a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, Great Lakes Maritime Museum, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Great Lakes and West Michigan Tourist Association. Stampfler was born and raised in Plainwell but currently lives in Walloon Lake, where she welcomes visits from her two adult children, her family, and friends.

About History Press & Arcadia Publishing:

Arcadia Publishing and The History Press is the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, they create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer to their community, their neighbors and their past. 

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