Lights of the Lakes for Historical Societies

Are you looking for interesting speakers to entertain and educate your members?
Consider Lights of the Lakes!

Lights of the Lakes - Winneconne Historical Society

Members of the Winneconne, WI Historical Society enjoy Lights of the Lakes

Lights of the Lakes is an engaging visual tour of Great Lakes lighthouses. Your members will learn how these historic structures provided safety, security, reliability, and protection to mariners in the past. They will photographically visit over 60 different lighthouses, learn how they work, learn about the shipwrecks that occurred when they failed, and much more.

Roadside Promotional Sign

Roadside Promotional Sign – Historic Allouez Society

Lights of the Lakes is very popular with historical societies, museums, community organizations, and anyone with an interest in Great Lakes maritime history. Presented to over 7,000 people to date, Lights of the Lakes consists of over 200 photographs, including striking portraits of over 60 different Great Lakes Lighthouses. It is accompanied by music and sound effects.

Richfield Historical Society Event Announcement

Online Program Announcement – Richfield Historical Society


What do sponsors say about Lights of the Lakes?

“The slides you used were excellent and illustrated your lecture very well. The audience really enjoyed your presentation, judging from the reaction and response. Your materials on display, and the music, added a great deal to the presentation.”

“The Hales Corners Historical Society presented a program, “Lights of the Lakes,” by Phillip Block. Our audience was transfixed, and afterwards, asked more questions than any program before. On behalf of our Society, I can most assuredly recommend “Lights of the Lakes” as a HIT-storical program for any organization.”  – President, Hales Corners Historical Society

Alan J. Strekow, president of the Hales Corners Historical Society, went on to say:

“On February 7th, the Hales Corners Historical Society presented a program, Lights of the Lakes, by Phillip Block, featuring lighthouses on Lakes Superior and Michigan. Our Society schedules four programs annually with a focus on Wisconsin history. With only a few exceptions, our speakers have provided photos, illustrations, maps, etc. using laptops with PowerPoint technology.

Mr. Block was the first to incorporate music and even the foghorns of ships and lighthouses. Phil’s knowledge of the subject was incredible. A majority of the photos used in the program were taken by Phil on location, and many of these lighthouses are difficult to reach. His research allowed him to show previous photos of these locations for comparison purposes. In addition, Phil’s narration provided details on lighthouse construction and their technology as well as insights into the various industries that depended on the lighthouses to help them ship their products safely across the Great Lakes.

Our audience was transfixed, and afterwards, asked more questions than any program before. On behalf of our Society, I can most assuredly recommend Lights of the Lakes as a HIT-storical program for any organization.”

“Thank you for your fascinating program. We heard nothing but complimentary remarks about your beautiful slides and very educational information on lighthouses. A most enjoyable evening.“

“Thank you for your wonderful “Lights of the Lakes” presentation. It was so interesting seeing your photos of the lighthouses and hearing about the shipwrecks. The history of the lighthouses and the information about the lenses gave us new insight into these beautiful observation stations. Thanks again for all of your time and effort in in organizing this talk for us.

“Thanks for your fantastic presentation of the lighthouses on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The Library staff, attendees and the Menasha Historical Society were very enthusiastic in telling me how informative your program was.”  – Nicholas Jevne, MHS President

Your program is outstanding. I can’t say more.  – Bob Roesler, President, Greenfield Historical Society


Who has sponsored Lights of the Lakes?

Over twenty leading Wisconsin historical societies have treated their members to a presentation of Lights of the Lakes, including:

• Bay View Historical Society
• Brown Deer Historical Society
• Cudahy Historical Society
• Dells Country Historical Society
• Ephriam Historical Foundation
• Elmbrook Historical Society
• Greenfield Historical Society
• Hales Corners Historical Society
• Historic Allouez Society
• Jackson Historical Society
• Jacksonport Historical Society
• Menasha Historical Society
• Menomonee Falls Historical Society
• Neosho/Rubicon Historical Society
• Ozaukee County Historical Society
• Pewaukee Area Historical Society
• Port Washington Historical Society
• Richfield Historical Society
• Shorewood Historical Society
• Washington County Historical Society
• Waupun Historical Society
• Winneconne Historical Society
• Wisconsin Marine Historical Society


Who is the Presenter?

Phillip L. Block
Lights of the Lakes
is presented by Phillip L. Block.

For more information about Phil, visit ABOUT THE PRESENTER.



Promoting Your Lights of the Lakes Show

Lights of the Lakes - Jackson Historical Society

Many historical societies presenting Lights of the Lakes created promotional materials to alert their members to the upcoming show. These include flyers, posters, schedules, and more.

To fuel YOUR creative process, you can see a variety of promotional items created by past show sponsors — see PAST SHOW PROMOS.



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