2016 Great Lakes Conference

The theme for this year’s 2016 Great Lakes Conference is Lighthouse Organization Excellence through Resilience and Change.

“Restoring, maintaining, and welcoming the public to enjoy our lighthouses is a process. Developing organizational excellence in times of change requires resilience and expansion of roles, skills and “tools.” Organizations working with diverse people and issues need talented leadership to facilitate volunteer engagement and investment. Join us to explore ways to meet evolving contexts and challenges!

Keynote speaker Jeff Shook will describe and show behind-the-scenes images on how he advised Disney during filming of The Finest Hours; The Real Story as well as supplying lifeboats and Coast Guard artifacts to enhance the film’s authenticity. Hear parts of the true story that are not in the film and learn how they made such a challenging rescue come to life on the big screen! This is truly a one-of-kind experience you won’t want to miss!”

Sponsored by the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance, the conference will take place May 15 – May 17, in Traverse City, Michigan.

For more information.

IALA Heritage Forum Meeting Planned

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Bob McIntosh with the Northern Lighthouse Board in Scotland recently sent out the following communication regarding the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA-AISM):

After a successful IALA Conference in La Coruna, Spain the new working period of the IALA Committees will begin. The 1st session of the IALA Aids to Navigation Engineering and Sustainability (ENG) Committee (ENG1) will be held from 17th – 21st  November 2014 at IALA’s offices, which are at 10 rue des Gaudines, 78100 Saint Germain en Laye, France.

For more information visit the IALA-AISM web site

Vincent Guigueno, one of the organizers, added that the Heritage Forum Discussion would include:

A seminar about LH archives will be held at the French National Archives (with a scottish touch)

Among other subjects, Cordouan (the english version of http://www.cordouan.culture.fr/en) and the LH historical digital library of the Ecole des Ponts (http://bibliothequedesphares.fr/ with links to non french material, for instance Bell Rock http://bibliothequedesphares.fr/bibliothequeC/bib_C025)

I am looking forward to exchanging ideas with you to enhance LH heritage and culture