“Guardians of the Manitou Passage” – Presented by Jon Hawley

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“Guardians of the Manitou Passage” presented by author Jon Hawley

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Author Jonathan Hawley presents Guardians of the Manitou Passage:  A Chronicle of Service to Lake Michigan Mariners, 1840-1915 as part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series.  

Dr. Hawley cements his standing as one of northern Michigan’s most respected and leading Great Lakes and maritime historians with his new book.  While he highlights the professionalism and high standards of the US Lighthouse Service, the Lifesaving Service, and the US Coast Guard, he also shares the stories of the men, women, and families, and the challenging lives they led in their remote posts. The BAHS considers his book a must-read for those interested in northern Michigan or maritime history.

Dr. Hawley, a resident of Frankfort for 20 years, along with his wife, artist Peggy Hawley, earned his PhD in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His career included university teaching; ten years’ staff service in the US House of Representatives, during which he worked toward the establishment of Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; and nearly two decades of corporate public affairs consulting.

Upon moving to Frankfort, Dr. Hawley became a founding board member of The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, serving throughout his ten-year tenure as vice president and president during the historic light station’s restoration and the construction of its museum.  

A retired member of the board of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, he serves on the board of Frankfort’s Benzie Shores District Library, and is a Rotarian.  Jon is also the author of Point Betsie:  Lightkeeping and Lifesaving on Northeastern Lake Michigan (2008), and From Artisans to Artists:  Betsie Bay’s Historic “Island” Story (2014).

This presentation, from June 9, 2022, is part of Benzie Area Historical Society’s Benzonia Academy Lecture Series, held on the second Thursday of each month at The Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Avenue, Benzonia (Benzonia Public Library).