There are 117 lighthouses on the Great Lakes including the one in Boyne City, which was designed by our speaker Dale Hutzler, and completed in 1997.   On July 27, Dale will tell the story of how he promoted the idea of the newest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, and share his memories of spending his boyhood living in a lighthouse and going to school on South Manitou Island.  

Lighthouses and sailing have been in Dale’s family for generations.   His father was a lighthouse keeper for 41 years, and his great uncle, uncles, nearly all of his cousins, and two brothers were either lighthouse keepers or Coast Guard members.   When Dale was 12, his father requested a transfer to the Charlevoix lighthouse so that his children could attend high school.   Dale will also share with us his recollections of what life was like in the City of Charlevoix as the son of the lighthouse keeper.

This program is free and open to the public. It starts at 7:00 pm, and will take place in the Boyne District Library’s Community Room.