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The Cana Island Lighthouse Transfer Ceremony


On May 18, 2007, under blue skies and a gentle Lake Michigan breeze, about 75 Door County residents, leaders, and lighthouse enthusiasts from around the State, joined the United States Coast Guard and the Bureau of Land Management in celebrating the transfer of Cana Island to Door County, Wisconsin.

Guest speakers from the County, the U.S. Coast Guard, the offices of Senator Kohl and Senator Feingold, and BLM, reflected on the history and importance of Cana Island Lighthouse to Door County and Great Lakes navigation. For over a century, the Light at Cana Island has played a significant role in maritime travel and local culture. It is one of Wisconsin’s most treasured landmarks.

Terry Lewis, Chief of External Affairs, Tim O’Brien, Acting Field Manager, and Captain Robert Desh, U.S. Coast Guard historian and regent, presented a framed patent to Door County Administrator Michael Serpe, Parks Director George Pinney, and County Board Chairman Charlie Most. This ceremony marked the beginning of a new era of ownership for the Lighthouse, and recognized the efforts of all who have worked tirelessly to preserve its heritage for present and future generations.

Cana Island transfer ceremony
Presentation of Framed Copy of the Patent transferring Cana Island Lighthouse
Presentation of Framed Copy of the Patent transferring Cana Island Lighthouse

(From Left to Right) Tim O'Brien, BLM-Eastern States, Northeastern States Field Office; Terry Lewis, BLM-Eastern States; Captain Robert Desh, U.S. Coast Guard, Ninth Coast Guard District; George Pinney, Door County Parks Director; Michael Serpe, Door County Administrator; Charlie Most Jr., Door County Board Chairman

Picture Taken on May 18, 2007 By Marcia Sieckman