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They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. 

Dianna Stampfer has been referred to as one of the most motivated, energetic and passionate leaders in Michigan’s tourism industry, with more than 25 years of marketing, public relations and media relations experience. in 2014, Dianna was named Executive Director of the newly formed Michigan Craft Distillers Association, the official association representing the state’s growing distilling industry. She is also Executive Director of the Kent County Hospitality Association, was recently voted to the board of the Michigan Hemingway Society, serves on the Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance and served two terms on the board of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

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