Kids Activity Pamphlet for the 2018 Michigan Lighthouse Festival

As many of you know, Crisp Point Lighthouse will be a part of the 2018 Michigan Lighthouse Festival that will be held August 3-5, 2018.  The participating lighthouses this year are Crisp Point, Whitefish Point, and Point Iroquois.  There is a Kids Activity Pamphlet which you can download and print out to take with you on your trip to see the lighthouses.  Click here to get yours!  The pamphlet includes a word search, a navigation activity, a crossword puzzle, and a fill in the blank activity.

Each of the lighthouses will have passport stamps, and there is a place in the Kids Activity Pamphlet where they can be stamped for each lighthouse.  Cut out the square on the top right of the first page of the pamphlet with your contact info filled in and leave it at the last lighthouse you visit or at the Michigan Lighthouse Festival booth at the Whitefish Township Community Center in Paradise. You will be placed in a prize drawing, to be held at a final meeting of the lighthouses! You do not need to be present to win. The Festival will contact the winner directly and post it on their Facebook page. You can also send a photograph of your entry to by August 10, 2018.

For more information about the Michigan Lighthouse Festival and planned activities, please visit

Clare-Gladwin RESD Students Produce Candles for CPLHS

Some examples of candles made by the students at the Clare-Gladwin Area School.

This year Ms. Galliher’s classroom at the Clare-Gladwin Area School in Clare, Michigan started making Crisp Point candles for our Visitor Center Gift Shop at the lighthouse and for our fundraising page on our web site.  The Area School serves students in Clare and Gladwin counties who are eligible to receive services under the categories of moderate and severe cognitive impairments, severe multiple impairments, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injuries.  Crisp Point Light Historical Society provides the wax, colors, scents, wick, a Crisp Point Light mold, and other supplies for the students to use in making these candles.  With the help of their teacher and paraprofessionals and under their supervision, the students were taught how to melt down the wax, add colors or scents if needed, place the wick in the mold, attach a metal wick holder at the bottom of the candle, pour the wax into the mold, and remove the candle once the wax has cooled.  We think the students are doing a great job making the candles and we appreciate their help!  Also, thank you to Jerald Moore and other volunteers that have been involved in making the candles for us in the past!

On March 16, 2018, Crisp Point Light Historical Society members Carl Jahn, Marcia Jahn, and Cameron Lovett gave a presentation to the students about Crisp Point Lighthouse that included why lighthouses were built and that many are being restored and preserved.  Students were given a Michigan Lighthouse Guide (which is also available for purchase on the fundraising page of our website) which is a map of all of the lighthouses in Michigan and information about them, a Crisp Point Light brochure, and other lighthouse handouts to take home.  The Jahns also brought with them miniature examples of the different types of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and other lighthouse related items for the students to view.

Students intently listen to CPLHS Member Carl Jahn speak about lighthouses. Carl was dressed in an authentic lighthouse keepers uniform.

Some questions asked by the students during the presentation were “How far away is Crisp Point Lighthouse?” and “How many lighthouses are there in Michigan?”.


A student adds water to a heating unit to make a water bath for the wax.

A student adds wax to be melted.

A student stirs the wax while it is being heated to ensure uniform heating of the wax.

The wick is inserted into the candle mold.

The two halves of the mold are secured together.

The wick is cut from the roll prior to adding the melted wax into the mold.

A metal wick holder is added to the bottom of the candle. The holder is removed after the wax cools and reused for the next candle.

The melted wax is carefully poured into the mold.

The wax has to cool inside the mold.

The final trimming of the candle wick on the bottom of the candle.

The two halves of the mold are ready to be taken apart.

The two halves of the mold are taken apart and behold, an orange Crisp Point Light candle appears!

The last step, a student adds a little bit of love to the candle.













Crisp Point Web Site and Facebook Update

The Crisp Point Light Historical Society web site is a great place to get information about Crisp Point 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some things we have on the web site are a brochure request form, a downloadable brochure (includes a map on the back), driving directions, history, volunteer keeper schedule and information on how to become a volunteer keeper, events schedule, information on how you can help Crisp Point, fundraiser items order form, newsletter archives, area lodging and restaurant information, photos, videos, related links, and much more! Check it out at!

In January 2018, we were able to find a photo of Second Assistant Lighthouse Keeper Lloyd Robins. The photo also included his wife Gertrude and son Clarence. The Forest Hill Cemetery / Duluth Cemetery Association also shared a photo of his family’s grave marker with us. Both are now featured on our web site on Lloyd’s page at We are hoping to get a photo of Lloyd’s grave marker in the spring when all the snow is gone. Some interesting facts we learned from researching about Lloyd this winter, are that his son Clarence ended up working for the US Coast Guard and became a lighthouse keeper. Apparently lighthouse keeping was contagious in the Robins family!

As many of you may know, we also have two Facebook pages. One is a group page (Crisp Point Light Historical Society at and the other is a regular page (Crisp Point Lighthouse at As of 1/28/18, our group page had 2,380 members and our regular page had 2,720 follows and 2,763 likes. One recent change to Facebook Group Pages is the ability to ask three questions to people who are asking to become members of the group page. This is another tool for us to be able to pre-screen Facebook accounts before we allow people to become a member of our Facebook group page. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which are spam/bot accounts and which are real people. So if you haven’t become a member of our Facebook group page yet and you click on the button to join, please answer the three questions to help us know you are a real person. The questions are: 1) How did you hear about Crisp Point Light Historical Society? 2) Have you visited our web site at 3) Have you visited Crisp Point Lighthouse? Accounts that we cannot rule out as potential spam/bot accounts will not be allowed to join.

Crisp Point Light Historical Society Announces Western Caribbean Fundraising Cruise 2018

Carnival Triumph

Carnival Triumph is 893 feet long and has 13 passenger decks! It’s Aft Lounge has a capacity of 425!

The Crisp Point Light Historical Society Board of Directors has decided to work with Jerry Roach at Cruise Planners JBR on a new fundraising campaign that will be a fun experience and raise money for the lighthouse at the same time.  Join the CPLHS on an exotic Western Caribbean cruise that leaves on February 26, 2018 at 4 PM from New Orleans for 5 days aboard the Carnival Triumph, returning to New Orleans March 3, 2018 at 8 AM.  We will visit the amazing ports of Cozumel, Mexico and Yucatan (Progresso), Mexico.  Escape the cold Michigan winter; have some fun in the sun, put your toes in the sand with a drink in your hand, all while supporting your favorite lighthouse, Crisp Point.  In addition to visiting these beautiful Caribbean ports, each stateroom will receive $25 in onboard credit and an hour long cocktail party with FREE drinks!!!!!  We will fly out on Saturday, February 24th and spend two days exploring the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and as much as New Orleans as we can fit in.  Then on February 26th we board the ship.  Airfare is $345 per person if booked through Cruise Planners.  Enjoy features of the ship like Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, Playlist Productions Entertainment, Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, and Punchliner’s Comedy Club.

Carnival Triumph features swimming pools, a spiral waterslide, whirlpools, Carnival’s Seaside Theatre, Miniature Golf, and much more!

Costs for this awesome fundraising cruise for the Crisp Point Lighthouse are as follows and are per person including all taxes, fees, and port expenses (airfare is not included):

  • Category 4B Interior Cabin: $469.70
  • Category 6B Ocean View Cabin: $539.70
  • Category 8B Balcony Cabin: $669.70

All of the staterooms are located towards the middle of the ship.  To reserve your space, or if you have questions, contact Jerry Roach, Travel Concierge, at 810-793-2468 (work), 810-938-3800 (cell), or                                   

You will need a passport or passport card for this trip. For more info, go to Routine processing times are 6-8 weeks. Expedited processing times are 2-3 weeks. Plan Ahead!

Scan this QR Code to go to our Facebook event listing for this cruise!

Scan this QR Code to go to our Facebook event listing for this cruise!

For more details on the ship, please see the TriumphClassShipGuide.


Interior Cabin ($469.70/person, not including airfare)

Ocean View Cabin ($539.70/person, not including airfare)

Balcony Cabin ($669.70/person, not including airfare)

Alchemy Bar

Alchemy Bar

Sample Drink from the Blue Iguana Bar.

Quenching your thirst is easy at the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar!

Blue Iguana Tequila Bar

Drinks at the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar!!!

Blue Iguana Tequila Bar

Blue Iguana Cantina

Get some great Mexican food at the Blue Iguana Cantina!

Mom, dad, and the kids will all enjoy great food and a great view at the Blue Iguana Cantina!

Cherry on Top candy store onboard the Carnival Triumph!

Guy’s Burger Joint

Punchliner’s Comedy Club

Red Frog Rum Bar

Red Frog Rum Bar

Enjoy free entertainment on the Carnival Triumph!

Yes, this theatre is on the Carnival Triumph!!

The Twister Waterslide, aboard Carnival Triumph

Carnival Triumph

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NEWBERRY, MI – July 4, 2017   Crisp Point Light Historical Society today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“This is now our third year in a row receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  The Crisp Point Light Historical Society Board of Directors cannot thank our volunteers enough for all of their hard work and dedication to Crisp Point Lighthouse and her visitors.  Through the many donations, memberships, and the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance grant that we received last year we have been able to make some huge strides in progress in the tower restoration.  This year will be another big year for the lighthouse as we are planning on adding more stone for erosion control, an interior tower restoration, as well as boardwalk improvements that were already completed earlier this year.  We would like to thank everyone who helped make all this work possible,” said Cameron Lovett, Board Member of CPLHS.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide — over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 390 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip.  TripAdvisor. Know better. Book better. Go better.

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Luce County Road 412 Now Open to Crisp Point!

The new culvert arrived from Kentucky on Wednesday as planned and was installed by the Luce County Road Commission on Thursday, May 25.  On Friday there was some more fill work to do and they added gravel back on the road bed.  Sometime after the Holiday Weekend the Road Commission will have to do some final work but this work will not cause a complete closure of the road. However there may be some short delays while equipment is in the area.  So please stay alert and as always drive with caution when you are on County Road 412.  We recommend turning on your lights so that oncoming traffic will see you sooner.

Today will be our official opening for the year. The tower and grounds will be open. The visitors center may have limited access today as we put everything away and get it set up for the summer.  The restrooms should be open for use. The phone line was broke when the road washed out so we don’t think it will be working this weekend either. So be careful because we will not be able to call for help! Have a great summer everyone, and we’ll keep the light on for ya!

July 4, 2017 UPDATE: The phone line at the Crisp Point Visitor Center is now working again.

Luce County Road 412 Closed at 3 Mile Creek

Photo by Rick Brockway


Hi everyone, as many of you have already heard, Luce County Road 412 is currently closed at a washout at 3 Mile Creek.  This is along the only recommended route to Crisp Point Lighthouse.  In addition, the phone line is currently out of service to the lighthouse as the phone line was cut at this location.  We received an update from the Luce County Road Commission earlier in the week. They have talked to the MDEQ about the proposed plans for replacing the culvert on CR 412 at 3 Mile Creek. The LCRC has ordered a 6 foot diameter culvert pipe as they anticipate their approval of the proposed plan. The new culvert pipe is expected to be delivered on or about May 24th.

They are hoping to get the road opened by May 26th. But that depends on final approval by MDEQ and if the stream flow subsides as expected to allow a safe work environment and if the culvert pipe arrives by May 24th.

LCRC said they will keep us posted if things change or they get a more definite date for getting the road opened.  Let’s all hope for dry weather!

Terri Brockway looks over the damage to the road at 3 Mile Creek.

Photo by Rick Brockway

Photo by Rick Brockway

Photo by Rick Brockway

Photo by Rick Brockway

Photo by Rick Brockway

Photo by Rick Brockway

State of Michigan Announces New “Save Our Lights” License Plate Design

It was recently announced that the State of Michigan has come up with a new design for the “Save Our Lights” license plate.  It’s definitely eye catching!

New "Save Our Lights" license plate.

The new “Save Our Lights” license plate designed by the State Historic Preservation Office.

The old one, pictured below, featured the White Shoal Lighthouse and was the design for approximately 15 years.

Old “Save Our Lights” plate featuring White Shoal Lighthouse.

The State Historic Preservation Office is hoping to boost sales of the plates with this new design.  The Michigan “Save Our Lights” license plate is part of a program that helps fund the preservation of Michigan’s 124 lighthouses.  The plate costs $35 and $25 goes towards this cause.  The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) that is run by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is the beneficiary of the sales of these plates.  As many of you may know, Crisp Point Lighthouse was selected to be a recipient of a grant from this program in 2015.  All of the masonry work, painting, etc. that was completed in 2016 will be partially funded by a $25,000 grant from MLAP.  In fact, our reimbursement request was just turned in this week!  (Thank you to Heather Johnson for her hard work on all of the quarterly and final reports that had to be sent to SHPO.)

For more information on purchasing one of these plates, you can go to the following website:,4670,7-127-1585_1595_9026-23624–,00.html.  The order form can be viewed directly here too:  Or, when you get your license renewal information in the mail, look for the “Save Our Lights” license plate in the renewal papers. If you purchase a “Save Our Light” license plate, each year when you renew your plate, a $10 fee will be added to your registration fees.  This $10 then goes to the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.  It’s really an easy way to make a difference. For those of you out of state, or who have a different special cause license plate, you can also order Collector Plates that cannot be used on vehicles for $35 ($25 goes towards the cause), including the “Save Our Lights” plate. (,4670,7-127-1585_1595_21641-55682–,00.html) The following is a link to the application form on the State of Michigan’s website: 

I still think it would be an amazing thing if they changed the lighthouse that is on the plate each year to a different Michigan lighthouse, or maybe even have two or three new lighthouse options available each year.  I think this would make sales of these plates increase, as a Michigan lighthouse fan might consider purchasing their favorite lighthouse as a collector plate.  It would be similar to the state quarters program that the mint started.  What a great way this would be to promote each of Michigan’s 124 lighthouses!!  But, maybe that’s just me dreaming again.  (Write your representative today anyway though! hahaha)  Enjoy autumn everyone!

PS:  We have the SHPO 2015 Michigan Lighthouses map available on our website in pdf format.  Click here to download the map:

Historical Societies Honor Former Keeper Jacob H. Gibb in Vassar on August 27, 2016


The new US Life Saving Service (left) and US Lighthouse Service (right) grave markers and flags at Jacob H. Gibb’s gravesite in Vassar, Michigan.

Approximately 16 people attended a grave marker ceremony on August 27, 2016 in Vassar, Michigan at Riverside Cemetery for Jacob “Harry” Gibb.   Mr. Gibb was in both the US Life-Saving Service and the US Lighthouse Service.  One thing that was very remarkable about Harry Gibb, is that he was the only person to have been both a Keeper in the US Life-Saving Service (USLSS)  and a Keeper in the US Lighthouse Service (USLHS) at Crisp Point.

Jacob Harry Gibb was born March 6, 1852 near Toronto, Canada.  He was the son of Charles Gibb and Susie Winters, both born in Scotland.  After moving to the US around 1875, he took up fishing near the Soo.  Eventually he became a member of a life-saving crew (known as a Surfman) along Lake Superior and worked his way up to Captain (Keeper).  On April 2, 1897, he was made Keeper of the Crisp Point Life-Saving Station.  He resigned from his post on October 20, 1897.  He was a life saver for many years before switching to the US Lighthouse Service.

Carl Jahn dressed in an authentic USLHS lighthouse keeper uniform from the 1800s at the Gibb Grave Marker Ceremony on August 27, 2016.

Carl Jahn dressed in an authentic USLHS lighthouse keeper uniform from the 1800s at the Gibb Grave Marker Ceremony on August 27, 2016.

Mr. Gibb was a First Assistant Lighthouse Keeper in the Straits of Mackinac at the Round Island Lighthouse from 1898 through March 31, 1907.  He served as the Head Lightkeeper at Round Island from April 1, 1907 to February 28, 1911.  He became Head Lightkeeper at Crisp Point Lighthouse on March 1, 1911.  During the last year of his life, he took his post at Crisp Point on April 1, 1913 even though he was ill.  He stayed at his post for about three weeks before having to leave due to his poor health.  He was taken to a hospital in Bay City, MI, where he was diagnosed with an incurable bladder condition.  He was brought back to Vassar, MI by W.H. Akins, as the Akins family hotel in Vassar was where Gibb stayed during the winter months when he was not on duty.

Jacob Gibb did not live long after making it back to Vassar in 1913.  He passed away on May 3, 1913.  Funeral Services were held on May 5, 1913 from the residence of Rev. Moon and Jacob was laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery in Vassar.  His grave is next to the Akins family plot.

During the ceremony on August 27, two markers were installed at Mr. Gibb’s gravesite, one representing each of the services he was in.  Since Harry started out his career in the Life-Saving Service as a Surfman and then worked his way up to becoming a Keeper, his USLSS grave marker bears a “Surfman” plaque in addition to a “Keeper” plaque.  His USLHS grave marker bears a “Keeper” plaque.

Rick Brockway, President of Crisp Point Light Historical Society spoke about the Society’s plan to honor past Keepers of Crisp Point and that this is the third Keeper to receive grave markers this year.  CPLHS Member Carl Jahn spoke about the life of Keepers and was wearing an authentic Keeper’s uniform.  Cameron Lovett, Board Member of Crisp Point Light Historical Society, and Dorothy Watt, Director of the Vassar Historical Society Museum,  spoke about the life of Mr. Gibb and his connection to Vassar, Michigan.

Carl Jahn (left) and CPLHS President Rick Brockway (right) both talked about what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper and the grave marker program that CPLHS is helping out with.

Carl Jahn (left) and CPLHS President Rick Brockway (right) both talked about what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper and the grave marker program that CPLHS is helping out with.

Many other members of the Vassar Historical Society and Crisp Point Light Historical Society were also present at the ceremony.  Dorothy Watt’s friend Margaret Akins Briggs was the granddaughter of W.H Akins, who was the person who brought Mr. Gibb back to Vassar after his diagnosis at the hospital in Bay City.  The Vassar Historical Society has a display about Jacob H. Gibb at their Museum (450 S. Main St., Vassar, MI).  For more info about the Vassar Historical Society & Museum, you can visit their web site at or their Facebook page at

Members of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society and of the Vassar Historical Society joined forces on August 27, 2016 to honor Jacob H. Gibb's many years of service in the USLSS & USLHS. This picture was taken at the Vassar Historical Society Museum, where visitors can learn about the Vassar area history and also see a display about Jacob H. Gibb. To find out more about the VHS & Museum you can check out their web site at or check out their Facebook page at

Members of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society and of the Vassar Historical Society joined forces on August 27, 2016 to honor Jacob H. Gibb’s many years of service in the USLSS & USLHS. This picture was taken at the Vassar Historical Society Museum, where visitors can learn about the Vassar area history and also see a display about Jacob H. Gibb. To find out more about the VHS & Museum you can check out their web site at or check out their Facebook page at

The Crisp Point Light Historical Society was glad to give some long overdue recognition to Jacob Harry Gibb and hopes to be able to continue their grave marker program for former Keepers.  To date, Joseph Singleton and Harry House have been recognized for their service with grave markers, in addition to Mr. Gibb.  Thr CPLHS hopes to be able to do about two grave marker dedications per year for their former Lighthouse Keepers.  For more information on how to make a charitable contribution to the Crisp Point Light Historical Society, please visit their website at

CPLHS Board Member Cameron Lovett talks about Gibb's life during the ceremony.

CPLHS Board Member Cameron Lovett talks about Gibb’s life during the ceremony.