Our Mission

MLA’s mission is to preserve, advocate for, be stewards of, and tell the stories of Michigan’s historic lighthouses and associated Great Lakes maritime heritage.


  • Build a network of lighthouse stewards and stakeholders.
  • Provide long-term sustainability for lighthouse preservation efforts in Michigan.
  • Develop and assist new stewards for Michigan lighthouses.
  • Provide technical assistance and general information to all lighthouse stewards.
  • Establish educational and outreach programs that foster public awareness of the plight of Michigan's historic lighthouses and the purpose of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.
  • Emphasize the critical role of lighthouse preservation to the economic vitality of local communities and to the State of Michigan.
  • Advocate for Michigan's historic lighthouses by supporting necessary legislation, regulatory policies, and other public policies that support preservation efforts.

Michigan Lighthouse Alliance

The MLA was founded in 2003, and comprises over 50 nonprofit organizations of lighthouse preservation groups and lighthouse stakeholders from around the state of Michigan.

2016 Conference

Registration is open for the 2016 Great Lakes Lighthouse Conference in Traverse City, MI

Beacon Award

The MLA Board of Directors is issuing a call for nominations for the 2016 Beacon Award.