At Split Rock Lighthouse we are all about involving the public in our programs. Because the lighthouse has been an extremely popular tourist destination since the 1920’s there is a long history of people visiting, and recording their visits, to Split Rock.
Next summer, for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the lighthouse, one of our staff had the great idea to invite the public to share family photographs of their visits to Split Rock over time. This sounded like a fantastic way for visitors to get directly involved with the history of the lighthouse and to share some of their own personal history.
So, we are asking all of you who have photographs of Split Rock Lighthouse from before 1980 to share them with us at the historic site. They will go into an exhibit in the visitor center next summer plus we will post them on the Split Rock Lighthouse website, www.mnhs.org/splitrock. We are looking for any photos of your family at the lighthouse or scenic shots of the grounds or the lighthouse from your visit before 1980. Why 1980? Much of the restoration that was done at the site to bring the light station back to its original condition was done in the 1980’s so we are looking for older photos to show changes in the site before that time. Also, we all know how digital photography change peoples ability to take hundreds, not dozens of photos, and we will just not be able to accomodate all the digital photos.
So, dig out your family vacation albums from years back. Pop out your Split Rock photos and stand by for more information on submitting either the photos or scanning and emailing them. Let’s see how far back we can go with peoples memories of Split Rock.