Did you know that you can get a Michigan “Save Our Lights” license plate that will help preserve Michigan’s 124 lighthouses? The plate costs $35 and $25 goes towards this cause. The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program that is run by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is the beneficiary of the sales of these plates. As many of you may know, Crisp Point Lighthouse was selected to be a recipient of a grant from this program in 2015. For more information on purchasing one of these plates, you can go to the following website: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1585_1595_9026-23624–,00.html. The order form can be viewed directly here too: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/orderform_lighthouse_16203_7.pdf. Or, when you get your license renewal information in the mail, look for the “Save Our Lights” license plate in the renewal papers. If you purchase a “Save Our Light” license plate, each year when you renew your plate, a $10 fee will be added to your registration fees. This $10 then goes to the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program. It’s really an easy way to make a difference. Here’s something else I wasn’t aware of until today. Even if you do not live in Michigan, or maybe you have another license plate you like for your vehicle (the Mackinac Bridge plate is one of my favorites), you can also order Collector Plates that cannot be used on vehicles for $35 ($25 goes towards the cause), including the “Save Our Lights” plate. (http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1585_1595_21641-55682–,00.html) The following is a link to the application form on the State of Michigan’s website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/special_cause_collector_plate_application_49869_7.pdf. Some examples are below:
Currently, the “Save Our Lights” plate features the White Shoal Lighthouse that is located in the Straits of Mackinac. I’ve thought it would be an amazing thing if they changed the lighthouse that is on the plate each year, or maybe even have two or three new lighthouse options available each year. I think this would make sales of these plates increase, as a Michigan lighthouse fan might consider purchasing their favorite lighthouse as a collector plate. It would be similar to the state quarters program that the mint started. What a great way this would be to promote each of Michigan’s 124 lighthouses!! But, maybe that’s just me dreaming again. (Write your representative today anyway though! hahaha) Enjoy autumn everyone!
11/8/15 Update: We now have the SHPO 2015 Michigan Lighthouses map available on our website in pdf format. Click here to download the map: http://www.crisppointlighthouse.org/shpolighthousemap2015.pdf.