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Muskegon, Michigan 


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Muskegon Maritime and Lighthouse History"

Speaker Dan Gunderson


The Muskegon lights were declared excess property by the U.S. Government in 2008, and a notice was sent out nationwide, seeking a new caretaker. In 2010, after completing a lengthy application process, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was awarded possession of both the Muskegon South Pierhead Light (1903) and the Muskegon South Breakwater Light (1930) through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. With the help of local, dedicated volunteers, the Muskegon South Pierhead Light began limited public openings in 2013, and by 2015, regularly scheduled public tours were offered. In 2017, tower tours with 50 foot panoramic Lake Michigan views resume four days a week in the height of tourist season, along with special openings and community events. Tours are led by trained and knowledgeable history docents, such as Dan Gunderson, Guest Speaker and MLC Shining Light Volunteer of the Year, 2016. Last year, Dan led weekly history tours and clocked over 200 hours from the top of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light, in addition to his efforts facilitating school groups and partnering towards maintenance projects with NOAA, Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers.

VFW #3195

5209 Grand Haven Rd

Muskegon, Michigan 49441


The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts right at 6:30 p.m.

Handicap access available.  

Guests are always welcome!

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2017 Family History Genealogy Workshops

Do you need help finding your ancestors? Do you want to start a Family Tree but you don't know where to begin? Let us help you at any of our Family History/Genealogy Workshops. We have experienced genealogists ready to help you jump that hurdle. You won't be alone in your journey. Let us help. Handicap access available. Limited to a maximum of six people each class. Please call 231-722-8016.


Handicap access available.


Saturdays 10:30-12:30 AM

Saturdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Torrent House

Local History & Genealogy Department

315 W. Webster Ave.

Muskegon, MI 49440

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
May 6

June, July, August - No Meeting
September 9

October 14
November 4
December - No Meeting


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 2017 MCGS Meeting/Program Nights

January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8

July - No Meeting

August 10
September 14
October 12

November 9 - Starts at 6:00 PM

December - No Meeting


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Muskegon County Clerk's Office

Need help researching marriage & death records? Every Wednesday afternoon (except holidays and election days) there will be a member of the Muskegon County Genealogical Society to help you.

Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

1st Floor

990 Terrace Street

Muskegon, MI 49442

231-724-7140 to speak to one of our volunteers.



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