SPLKA recognized for preservation

April 21, 2018 GMT

LANSING — The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association was one of five recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced in a release Wednesday.

The association was recognized for its long-term stewardship of its four lightstations along Lake Michigan: the Big Sable Point Lighthouse inside Ludington State Park, the Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Silver Lake, the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse and the White River Lighthouse in Montague.

“We were nomintaed for it. We’ve worked with the State Historic Preservation Office a lot,” SPLKA Executive Director Peter Manting said. “We’re very excited. We’ve known about it for a month, but I saw the email (Thursday morning).”

Manting said the organization has worked with the state whenever it sets out to do a project to restore the quartet of lighthouses to make sure they each stay to a certain period.

“We did the roof at Big Sable, and we had to get their approval,” Manting said. “I think, over the years I’ve been here, our relationship with them has really, really improved.”

Manting said he received a call informing him that the group would be in the running for the award back in December 2017, adding that the award helps to validate the hard work the association has done in the past 31 years hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“It’s a wonderful validation. It takes us back to the first people that started the organization back in 1987 and all the work they put into it. They saved Big Sable and as we build upon this, we can really meet the preservation needs and raise the money we need to raise.”

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