Dedication Weekend - May 15, 2004

    About 300 visitors and dignitaries were present at the dedication of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse Museum on Saturday, May 17, 2004 at 1pm.  Many of the visitors included this, the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin, on their itinerary on that Door County Lighthouse Walk Weekend.

dedication day

    Kirby Foss, Property Manager of Rock Island State Park, was the master of ceremonies.  He introduced the speakers and the entertainers.  A youth choir from the Washington Island Lutheran Church entertained under the direction of and with guitar accompaniment by Dan Hansen, music teacher at Washington Island School and past FORI Board member.  They sang the old hymn, 'Let the lower lights be burning' and an original piece with lyrics about the lighthouse by Bill Olson and music by Dan Hansen.

    It was a very beautiful day on Rock Island and the crowd was full of excitement to be able to see and tour this newly restored 1858 lighthouse.  The members of the FORI Board that were present, Tim Sweet-President, Bill Olson-Vice President, Jeanell Dailey-Treasurer, Colleen Andrews-Secretary, Jeanette Hutchins and Grace Ann Carpenter, were very, very proud on this day.  Tim Sweet and some of the other Board members made remarks about the project and how successful it had been.  Those sentiments, after many years of working together on this endeavor, brought a tear to many an eye on the FORI Board that day.

colleen at dedication day

    While Tim Sweet and others addressed the crowd, the FORI Board stood to listen and receive many kudos and congratulations for a job so well done!  Here you see, Bill, Jeanette, Jeanell and Colleen of the Board enjoying the moment.

    Among the visiting dignitaries were members of the Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard, local government, the architects and restoration consultants, many members of the Harbor Lights Club of Milwaukee who have adopted the Pottawatomie Lighthouse as their fund-raising project and the Board of the Friends of Rock Island.  Some spouses of FORI Board members also joined the festivities that day -  Paul Dailey, Rick Simmons and Barry Carpenter.

Coast Guard

    Lots of delicious cake was served along with lemonade following the festivities.  The refreshments were provided by the Friends of Rock Island.


Read the DNR Press Release on the Dedication Ceremony

Read an article by Dennis McCann of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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