The Michigan Maritime Museum will host author and founder of Promote Michigan Dianna Stamplfer as she presents content from her newly released book Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes coastline. Many of these houses lay claim to haunted happenings. Former keepers like the cigar-smoking Captain Townshend at Seul Choix Point and prankster John Herman at Waugoshance Shoal new Mackinaw City maintain their watch long after death ended their duties. At White River Light Station in Whitehall, Sarah Robinson still keeps a clean and tidy house, and a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse seeks out other children and female companions.
Countless spirits remain between Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois in an area well known for its many tragic shipwrecks. Join Stampfler as she recounts the tales from Michigan’s ghostly beacons.
Dianna Stampfler has been a professional writer and radio broadcaster since the late 1980s. Dianna’s works have appeared in Michigan BLUE Magazine, Michigan: The Great Beer State, Pure Michigan Travel Ideas, West Michigan Carefree Travel, Michigan HOME & Lifestyle, Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Family, Michigan Meetings & Events, Michigan Wine Country, Country Lines, Tasters Guild International Journal, AAA Michigan Living, and Lake Michigan Circle Tour Guide, among many others.
In the spring of 2019, Stampfler released her first book, “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses,” with The History Press, which is a culmination of nearly 20 years of research, writing and presentation on the historic beacons around the state. She serves as executive director of the Kent County Hospitality Association and the Michigan Craft Distillers Association; sits on the board of the Michigan Hemingway Society and Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board; and is a member of the Historical Society of Michigan, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, US Lighthouse Society, Michigan Maritime Museum and West Michigan Tourist Association.
Stampfler launched Promote Michigan in August 2004 and has successfully established herself as an independent marketing influencer for an impressive list of clients around the state, primarily in the hospitality, tourism, agriculture, cultural and historical industries. A native of Plainwell, Michigan, she is a graduate of Western Michigan University and currently resides in historic Walloon Lake.
The lecture will take place in the Museum’s main exhibit space October 23, 2019 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Admission is $8, $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. The Museum will be open 10am-5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays the month of October. For more information, contact the Museum at 269-637-8078 ext. 3 or visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/events/.