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Old Lighthouse Museum looking for docents

The Lighthouse Museum of Michigan City is looking for docents.

If you're navigating the rocky, windswept shores of free time, there's a beam of light piercing the darkness.

You can sign up to volunteer at the Old Lighthouse Museum at 1 Washington St. in Michigan City. The museum, which is located in a 160-year-old lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan, is looking for volunteer docents to welcome visitors, and lead them on public tours.

The museum in the lakefront Washington Park has a lantern room people can clamber up into and is filled with information about lighthouse keepers, Lake Michigan shipwrecks, maritime history, Michigan City history and how Abraham Lincoln's funeral train stopped in the city. The collection includes ship models, postcards, and running lights from the Showboat, a recreational ship that staged plays on Lake Michigan.

The museum will hold a special meeting for those interested in becoming a docent at 1 p.m. Saturday.

They would have opportunities to volunteer at least one day a month from April 1 to October 31, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, or to help with special tours.

"There are no special qualifications necessary, just a willingness to learn and have a great time doing so," the Old Lighthouse Museum said in a news release. "Come and enjoy a very historic building and be a part of history."

For more information, or if you're interested but can't attend the informational meeting, call (219) 872-6133.


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