WHO ARE WE
Originally consisting of an informal gathering of retired lighthouse keepers, their families and friends, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1983, making it one of the nation's longest-lived lighthouse preservation groups.
With a mission statement calling for "the preservation of lighthouses, the stories of those who kept them, and developing a new generation of preservationists", the Association's second President Dick Moehl realized the group needed to find a lighthouse to restore in order to fully bring its mission to reality.
Finding the abandoned 1873 St. Helena Island light station to be in deplorable condition, the group set its sights on adopting and restoring the abandoned relic. In 2004, we received the deed to the Cheboygan River Front Range Light, and fundraising for the restoration of that lighthouse is underway. We also work to support other lighthouse groups throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation.
To find out more about our accomplishments, visit the "GLLKA Chronology" page.
Members of GLLKA receive our quarterly magazine THE BEACON and can be involved in our volunteer programs and lighthouse events.
GLLKA is welcoming volunteers of all trades to work at our lighthouses or help lead lighthouse excursions.
We offer lighthouse cruises on the Great Lakes as well as various workshops and events at our lighthouses.
Our lighthouses undergo restoration work every year and is a continuous process.