Join the Shipwreck Society and Dianna Stampfler and discover a more mysterious side of Michigan’s maritime history. Where? Whitefish Point/Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Sept. 5, 2019-3pm book signing in Museum Store, 6:30pm program in Motor Lifeboat House. Haunted Lighthouses?. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses lay claim to haunted happenings. Former keepers like the cigar-smoking Captain Townshend at Seul Choix Point and prankster John Herman at Waugoshance Shoal near Mackinaw City maintain their watch long after death ended their duties. At White River Light Station in Whitehall, Sarah Robinson still keeps a clean and tidy house, and a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse seeks out other children and female companions. Countless spirits remain between Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois in an area well known for its many tragic shipwrecks. Join author and Promote Michigan founder Dianna Stampfler as she recounts the tales from Michigan’s ghostly beacons.
Dianna Stampfler has been entertaining audiences about Michigan’s historic lighthouses, agricultural heritage, unique treasurers, covered bridges and vintage postcards for nearly 20 years—first as the marketing director for the West Michigan Tourist Association and now through Promote Michigan, the company she launched in 2004.
A professional writer, broadcaster and public speaker since high school, Dianna’s programs are lively and upbeat, providing an entertaining spin on historical elements of Michigan’s past, blended with pieces of the present, with an emphasis on preserving for the future.
Dianna’s first book, “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouse” is available through The History Press (March 2019) and includes spirited stories about 13 historic lighthouses around the state of Michigan. Her freelance writing appears in each issue of Michigan Blue Magazine. She’s also been published in Michigan: The Great Beer State, Pure Michigan Travel Ideas, West Michigan Carefree Travel, Michigan HOME & Lifestyle, Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Family, Michigan Meetings & Events, Michigan Wine Country, Country Lines, Tasters Guild International Journal, AAA Michigan Living and Lake Michigan Circle Tour Guide, among others.
She was a founding member of the Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance and sits on the board of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Dianna is also a member of the Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board and serves as executive director of both the Kent County Hospitality Association and the Michigan Craft Distillers Association. Over the years, she has held memberships in the Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association, Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association and Historical Society of Michigan.
In 2013, Dianna became a Michigan Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA); in 2015, she received “The Best of Michigan Business” Award as a “One Person Wonder” and in 2016 was presented “The Golden Pineapple Award” from Ferris State University’s Hospitality Department.
Dianna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (broadcasting) and English (community journalism) from Western Michigan University. A native of Plainwell, she is the mother of two adult children and currently lives in Petoskey.