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Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy

Established in 2006, the AIHPC is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the many historic properties and cultural landscapes in the Apostle Islands region on northern Wisconsin.  Beginning with a core group of families who hold longstanding property interests in historically-significant buildings on Sand and Rocky Islands, in some cases dating from the late 1800′s, the Conservancy represents a wide range of interests throughout the Chequamegon Peninsula.

 

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Today in Chequamegon history: nice junket for a veteran* lightkeeper.

Michigan Island Light Station, May 23, 1934: "Painted eaves of Power House and cut grass. Keeper and Mr. Joyner left for Bayfield then to LaPointe where he landed Mr. Joyner and his tools, and arrived at Station again at 5 PM. Received orders today for the Keeper to report for duty at World's Fair at Chicago for 30 days or more, and to hire a laborer at Government expense to take his place until he returns. Will leave tomorrow AM for Bayfield and Chicago."

From Wikipedia: "A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms" and its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other."

*Keeper Ed Lane had thirty-two years at Michigan Island by this point. He spent another six years there, making him the Apostle Islands single-station longevity champ.

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Collected and edited by Bob Mackreth for the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic heritage of the Apostle Islands region of northern Wisconsin.

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