About the Presenter

Phil at the Port Washington 1860 Light Station

Phillip L. Block is a lifelong photographer, writer, and dedicated lighthouse enthusiast. He is now retired following a career in management, corporate training, and technical communications. A former U.S. Army officer, he is a business graduate of Michigan Tech University in the Upper Peninsula.

In his travels, he has visited and photographed over 250 lighthouses in the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coastal regions of the United States and Canada. He offers his public slide show entitled Lights of the Lakes to share this photographic treasure with other lighthouse enthusiasts.

Born and raised in Michigan, Phil now resides in Port Washington, Wisconsin, a former fishing village that was founded in 1835 on Lake Michigan’s western shore. There are two lighthouses in Port Washington, which is located about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. The oldest of these lights, the Port Washington 1860 Light Station, is now inactive and has been converted to a public museum where he has served as a tour guide and docent.

He is a longtime member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA), an organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Great Lakes lighthouses and the people who kept them.

Phil’s other interests include outdoor photography and consulting on web development, social media, and digital marketing. He has also counseled over 200 small business entrepreneurs while serving as a Certified Mentor for SCORE. For additional background, please visit his personal web site.

Phil has been presenting Lights of the Lakes since 1989 and has refined the program into a entertaining and educational presentation that many people really enjoy. The program fits well with the interests of typical audiences such as boat and yacht clubs, historical societies, museums, libraries, and senior communities. Everyone seems to love lighthouses! Sometimes audience members either know or are related to someone who once served as a lighthouse keeper, or they have visited some of the lighthouses during their travels.

Phil is actively retired, and has a flexible schedule. He can do day, evening, or even weekend programs at your discretion.


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