The Marblehead Lighthouse and on-site Keeper’s House Museum has opened for 2013 tours. This is their 13th consecutive summer season. Tours of the museum and lighthouse are offered on weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. beginning the day after Memorial Day through the Friday before Labor Day. The buildings are also open on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during June, July and August. Both sites are open the second Saturday of the month from June through October from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Museum is free. The lighthouse tour is $2 per person for anyone over the age of six; children under six are admitted at no charge. The last tour to climb the 77 steps to the top of the lighthouse begins 15 minutes before closing. For more information visit the museum website: www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org or call 419-798-2094 during Museum hours.
The museum is operated by volunteers of the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society who are well-versed in area and lighthouse history. Naturalist Dianne Rozak conducts tours of the lighthouse. Rozak and volunteers provide regular presentations about the history of the nearly 200 year-old tower.
The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society 2013 business membership drive is under way. Currently 65+ local businesses support the Society and are listed on the MLHS website and on a plaque within the Keeper’s House Museum entrance. Businesses interested in becoming a 2013 member can contact Doris at 419-798-8545.
During the month of May there were 54 memorial bricks installed around the compass rose on the lighthouse property by Ron Kochensparger, President of the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, and Dick Frederick, Bob Hartman and Alan Salzgeber. More bricks are being engraved by Balconi Monuments in Sandusky. The public can download a form and order a personalized brick through www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org/Bricks.pdf. Bricks are installed two to three times during the summer season. A list of the names and locations of the bricks are on file in the museum.
The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society is in need of donations of nearly new nature and nautical items to sell at their annual Nature and Nautical Sale that will be held on Saturday, July 13. Call Mary at 419-798-4877 for information or donation pickup.
Volunteers are always welcome to work in the museum or as a ticket seller. Museum displays are self-explanatory and new volunteers are placed with an experienced docent. Call Jan at 419-798-4934 for additional information.
Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society General Membership meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month March through November at 7p.m. at the Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center Activity Room. The public is welcome.