Winter Writers Series presents ‘The Davenports of Lake Michigan’ event

LUDINGTON — The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum and the Mason County Historical Society are hosting an event on Feb. 15, for the second Winter Writer’s series presentation of 2018.

This Thursday evening topic will be “The Davenports of Lake Michigan.” The presenter for evening will be David Dietrich, whose great great uncle was James Davenport, the first keeper at the Little Sable Lighthouse.

Dave will chronicle the life of James Davenport and his service at the Little Sable Lighthouse, the Waugoshance Lighthouse and the McGulpin Point Lighthouse. Dave will also be joined by his wife Mary Jo, and they will tell the story of family life at the Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

Dave is a retired architect and civil engineer from Chicago, whose lighthouse interest was sparked in 1995 when he inherited some old family photo albums of the Davenport Family.

Since then, Dave’s dream was to stay in a lighthouse which came true in 2002 with a two week stay at Big Sable. When Little Sable opened in 2006, he was able to walk up the same stairs his Great Great Uncle walked up to tend to the light.

Dave and his wife now live in Shelby, and volunteer to greet and guide guests at the Little Sable Lighthouse. The 7 p.m. presentation will be held at the United Methodist Church at 5810 E Bryant Road in Ludington. A fee will be collected to help defer the series’ costs.

 

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