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Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum Seeks Visitor Support Specialist

Sodus Bay Lighthouse is located on Lake Ontario

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, Sodus Point, New York, is looking for someone who would love to work at their beautiful museum, greeting members and visitors, helping to run their gift shop, giving tours about Sodus Bay history, and coordinating events.

For more information on this part-time position see the full notice.

Submitted by Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, April 3, 2017.

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Query on Lighthouse Visitor Registers

Jennifer Niemi provided this followup to your responses regarding her query on visitor registers:

“To give my inquiry a little bit more perspective I will share more detail into our situation. We see approximately 150,000 visitors a year. Our ‘season’ where we offer guided tours runs May 15- third weekend in October. During this time we do charge admission to the site. The historic property is fenced in so in order for people to access the station, during this time, they must come through the Visitors Center. We have a new CRM system that will capture zip codes so we can track where people are coming from. From Memorial Day to Labor Day we have a Membership drawing each month. Visitors sign up and at the end of the month two winners are randomly choosen. So we are collecting information to push out to visitors on events, becoming a member, etc. The Visitor Registry we had was located in our Fog Signal building so people who have paid admission and logged their zipcode, may or may not signin. So going back to my original quiry we were wondering if there was a reason for us to collect this information? Once a log book is filled it goes into storage to never be looked upon again. We do get the occasional visitor that is curious about a family member, “who visited here sometime between 1990-1992 and signed in,” but there is no way to cull through that unless we want to set them up at a table with 6+ log books.

So from all the wonderful LH folks that responded here is what I found.

1. Some use it as a way to solicit membership, share event information and track the number of people visiting the site.
2. The don’t use one at all.
3. They are in the same situation as our site.

So it sounds like it really depends on the needs of the site. For Split Rock Lighthouse, we have a system that captures data and numbers, which it sounds like others do as well. So with all of this we have decided to retire the Visitor Registry and turn it into a more meaningful way for visitors to share in their experience with us. If anyone has ideas please share. ”

U.S. Lighthouse Society News

Extract from the 1881 Instructions to Light Keepers Extract from the 1881 Instructions to Light Keeper

Lighthouses have always been tourist attractions. At some point keepers were instructed to track the number of visitors to their stations. This may have been when the practice of guests signing a register started.

Jennifer Niemi, program manager at Split Rock Lighthouse, a state historic site maintained by the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), submits the following query to other lighthouse stewards:

Our site has been gathering DATE, NAME, CITY, STATE & ZIP literally forever (starting with the USLHS, then Coast Guard & now MNHS) and then the filled registries get stored to never be looked upon again. We are trying to figure out if we can use the information for something useful or if we should just scrap the whole practice, as in its current state it’s quite useless information. The only real reason for doing it is because it has been…

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Lighthouse Stewards · Queries

Query on Lighthouse Visitor Registers

Extract from the 1881 Instructions to Light Keepers
Extract from the 1881 Instructions to Light Keeper

Lighthouses have always been tourist attractions. At some point keepers were instructed to track the number of visitors to their stations. This may have been when the practice of guests signing a register started.

Jennifer Niemi, program manager at Split Rock Lighthouse, a state historic site maintained by the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), submits the following query to other lighthouse stewards:

Our site has been gathering DATE, NAME, CITY, STATE & ZIP literally forever (starting with the USLHS, then Coast Guard & now MNHS) and then the filled registries get stored to never be looked upon again. We are trying to figure out if we can use the information for something useful or if we should just scrap the whole practice, as in its current state it’s quite useless information. The only real reason for doing it is because it has been done historically at the site.

Jennifer would like lighthouse stewards to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you use guest registers for visitors to sign in where they are from?
  2. If so, what do you ask them to share (name, city, zip, etc.)?
  3. And what do you do with that information?

Please submit your responses directly to Jennifer at jennifer.niemi@mnhs.org. She will prepare a summary for a followup post.

Based on query submitted by Jennifer Niemi on January 9, 2017.

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Being a lighthouse keeper is on many bucket lists

There’s no question as to why staying at a lighthouse is on many people’s bucket lists. Here is a Holland Sentinel article about opportunities offered by Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association in Michigan.

See “Being a lighthouse keeper is on many bucket lists

Link submitted by Candace Clifford, December 26, 2016

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Passport Program · Society Members

Metropolis Hope Light

Lighthouse Society members Rudy and Bev Bess recently submitted these images relating to the Metropolis Hope Light on the bank of the Ohio River in Metropolis, Illinois.

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The Metropolis Hope Light was erected in 2014. The tower is 30-feet tall and is equipped with an ML-155 Marine Lantern with a flashing white light. It is an official Illinois state tourism attraction. 2016 photo courtesy of Rudy Bess

The couple founded The Hope Light Foundation to fight cancer. According to their website, “The main purpose of the lighthouse is to promote early cancer detection and navigate people to various resources that identify cancer signs and symptoms and where to go for help.  If detected early, cancer could be diagnosed and treated with hope for survivorship and an eventual cure.”

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Courtesy Rudy Bess

Metropolis Hope Light is a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Program. You can acquire this stamp at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce office that is across the street from the Superman Statue.

Rudy and Bev Bess are long-time lighthouse enthusiasts and have photographed over 450 lights in the U.S. and Canada, from Nova Scotia to Key West to Padre Island Texas, from San Diego to British Columbia, all the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. You can see their photos at http://www.hlfoto.com.
Courtesy Rudy Bess
Courtesy Rudy Bess

Based on submission from Rudy Bess, December 8, 2016

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research. Please consider joining the U.S. Lighthouse Society if you are not already a member. If you have items of interest to the lighthouse community and its supporters, please email them to candace@uslhs.org.