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Lighthouse History Shines in Photographic Guide

The Wisconsin Point Lighthouse near Superior on Wisconsin's northern coast

No symbol is more synonymous with Wisconsin's rich maritime traditions than the lighthouse. A new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, 'Wisconsin Lighthouses: a Photographic and Historical Guide,' tours the state's beacons along the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Winnebago. Authors Ken and Barb Wardius lead this picturesque and intimate journey, detailing each light's history and telling stories of the dedicated lighthouse keepers, of mariners seeking a safe route around rocky shorelines, and of heroic rescues from the waves.

The cover of "Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide"
Delightful storytellers and accomplished photographers, the couple complements their engaging text with more than 100 stunning color photographs, along with dozens of archival photos, maps, documents and artifacts. The book includes detailed how-to-get-there directions and updated status reports on each light, including restoration efforts. In addition, sidebars highlight everything from lighthouse vocabulary to the often lonely lives of lighthouse keepers.

About the Authors

Lifelong residents of Milwaukee, Ken and Barb Wardius travel nationally to pursue their hobbies of photography, history, hiking, bird study and lighthouses, which first drew their interest at Door County's picturesque Cana Island. Along with "Wisconsin Lighthouses," Barb and Ken are the authors of "Cana Island Lighthouse," "Wind Point Lighthouse" and "North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse." They are sought-after lighthouse lecturers and belong to many organizations dedicated to lighthouse preservation.

Upcoming Book Events

  • Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm — Legion Hall in Olen Park, 20 Memorial Circle, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
    The Clintonville Area Historical Society welcomes Barb and Ken Wardius as keynote speakers for the local historical society's annual meeting. The meeting and program is free and open to the public. An annual meeting dinner, which precedes the program, requires a reservation: $20 per person. Call 715-823-2772 for details.
  • Thursday, November 21, 1 and 7 pm — Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
    Barb and Ken Wardius will be featured speakers at the museum's Merry-Times Festival of Trees event. A signing will follow each book talk. Adult admission is free with purchase of a $5 Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle ticket. Call 920-743-5958 for more information.

:: Posted October 21, 2013

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