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Help Restore Waugoshance Lighthouse!

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The Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society has the opportunity to obtain a 2 for 1 match from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in order to fund the completion of a Historic Structure Report. We need to submit this report to several federal entities before any renovation work can begin on the lighthouse. If we raise $10,000, the State program will double our amount and give us $20,000! The total $30,000, funded by our Indiegogo supporters (you!) and the State, will allow us to pay for the report and then begin renovation on this historic Lake Michigan lighthouse. Please join us in helping to restore Waugoshance! 

The Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society has the opportunity to obtain a 2 for 1 match from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in order to fund the completion of a Historic Structure Report. We need to submit this report to several federal entities before any renovation work can begin on the lighthouse. If we raise $10,000, the State program will double our amount and give us $20,000! The total $30,000, funded by our Indiegogo supporters (you!) and the State, will allow us to pay for the report and then begin renovation on this historic Lake Michigan lighthouse. Please join us in helping to restore Waugoshance!

About the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society

In 1998 the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society (WLPS) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 with the mission to preserve and to restore this historic castle of the Great Lakes.  Until recently, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) had only authorized the WLPS to stabilize and clean debris from the structure through a lease agreement, with no restoration work allowed.  In 2011, the USCG and the National Park Service (NPS) approved the transfer of ownership of Waugoshance Lighthouse to the WLPS. However, in order to begin restoration, the WLPS must secure $10,000 to fund a Historic Structure Report, which is required by the governing entities before restoration can begin.

 

How You Can Help

Your gift of any amount will help the WLPS pay for the cost of preparing a Historic Structure Report for the federal government. The United States Coast Guard and the National Parks Service require this report before the WLPS can begin any renovation work on the lighthouse. Until now, WLPS has only been able to engage in preserving the status quo. Achieving our $10,000 goal means that we can begin the important work of restoring this state and national treasure to its former glory. Once we reach $10,000, the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program will match us 2-to-1 with an additional $20,000, which will fully fund the report. We ask that you please help to obtain these matching funds so that we can begin to truly save this historic structure.

Thank you for your considering a gift to help preserve and restore Michigan maritime history!

For more information, or to make a contribution please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/wlighthouse?a=1115193




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