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Bring history to life and learning about our community

Did you know?

The lighthouse in Harbor
Springs is named the Little
Traverse Lighthouse. It is
located at the end of the
peninsula that forms Harbor
Point and was built in 1884.

The lighthouse tower housed

a lens which focused the light
from an oil lamp into a beacon
to help guide schooners and
other ships safely into the
harbor in case a storm, fog
or other bad weather made
navigation difficult.

The first keeper of the

lighthouse was Elizabeth
Whitney Williams.

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Elizabeth Whitney Williams was the keeper at the
Little Traverse Lighthouse for 29 years. During the
night she made trips up to the lamp in the tower
every two or three hours to trim the wick and
make sure the lens was clean.

Have you ever visited a lighthouse?
Which one? Tell us more!

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holding your finished coloring sheet
or wordseach for a chance to win
this book from our museum store.
Drawing on April 6th

Other Resources
This video of Bill Nye the Science Guy shows how light bends when it passes through an object:

This website goes into more detail on how lighthouse lenses (called Fresnel lenses) work:

Create your own lighthouse from plastic cups!