February 9, 2021 (Toledo, Ohio) – More than 50 women defied the gender expectations of their time to serve the sailing communities on Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior, as well as on the Detroit River, during the active lighthouse-keeping era. On Wednesday, February 24, at 7 p.m., the National Museum of the Great Lakes will feature the stories of these heroic females during their second virtual lecture of the spring series: Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
“It’s a great topic to lead us into March, which is also Women’s History month,” shares Ellen Kennedy, the National Museum of the Great Lakes’ Education and Visitor Experience Director. “Lighthouse keeping was demanding and physical work and it was crucial to the safety of Great Lakes sailors. The women who stepped into these roles are truly inspiring.”
The lecture presenter, Patricia Majher, is a former editor of Michigan History magazine and a museum professional who has held administrative positions at institutions including The Henry Ford and Mackinac State Historic Parks. In addition to her same-titled book Ladies of the Lights, she has published Great Girls in Michigan History and Bold Boys in Michigan History with Wayne State University Press.
The virtual event is FREE but registration is required. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. In addition, the book Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service can be purchased when registering. For more information, to register and/or to purchase a book click here.