Members Only Events
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10 AM
Rich Norgard, a native of Port Clinton, Ohio, is a retired Army officer and
criminal investigator. He is president of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, which restored the town’s historic pier head light, and is also vice-president of the Ottawa County Historical Society. His lifelong love of Lake Erie is expressed in his blog, Lake Erie Winds and he is a recognized authority on the famous Convict Ship Success, which after touring the world for fifty years was destroyed by fire near Port Clinton. He is the author of Lights at the Portage: A History of the Port Clinton Light Station, 1833-1952. In his spare time he writes mystery novels.
"Lights on the Portage, A History of the Port Clinton Light Station, 1833-1952" a presentation by Rich Norgard
Port Clinton’s history is inextricably linked to its maritime history, and its maritime history is similarly linked to its lighthouses. In this dynamic presentation, Rich Norgard, the president of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, tells the whole fascinating story, beginning with the early settlement of the area and ending when the U.S. Coast Guard
decommissioned the pier light in 1952. Using many historic maps and illustrations, Norgard recounts in fascinating details the struggles of the early pioneers as they sought not only to have a lighthouse built at the mouth of the Portage River but also to keep it active in the face of efforts to close it. The subsequent rerouting of the river and construction of piers created further obstacles as local residents tried to navigate after dark until a new lighthouse could be built. Finally, the story is told of how the pier light was
saved from certain destruction, restored, and returned to the waterfront where is has gained new life as a popular waterfront attraction.
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