Plans for North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse Nonprofit

Tales of the Crib - North Manitou Shoal LighthouseToday’s Traverse City Record-Eagle reports on the plans of the new owners for the North Manitou Shoal Light aka The Crib:

Four couples, friends since college days, placed a winning bid to purchase the North Manitou Shoal Light.

The unusual structure, known as colloquially as the Crib, is situated off of North Manitou Island. For decades it has warned ships of a dangerous reef.

The Crib will soon belong to these enthusiastic owners, thanks to their $73,000 offer to the U. S. General Services Administration. Determined to share this historical treasure with the public, the group formed the North Manitou Light Keepers during the bidding process. They also created ambitious as well as methodical plans for complete restoration.

The ultimate vision for the nonprofit: welcome public visitors to the Crib on July 4, 2021.

“We have big ideas but are very determined to bring things into reality,” noted Dan Oginsky, president of the North Manitou Light Keepers.

…The North Manitou Light Keepers organization is determined to honor the Crib’s history, mission and outreach potential.

“We really look forward to engaging with the community so that we are known to people and they know us and that we can work together to rally a community of support and stewardship around the lighthouse,” Oginsky said.

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