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  • Writer's pictureSusan Harbourt

Discover the United States Lighthouse Society's (USLHS) Passport Stamp Program: A Warm Invitation from Portage River Lighthouse!

Updated: Feb 28

Hello, fellow adventurers and lighthouse lovers!

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey along the captivating coasts of the United States? If so, allow me to introduce you to the United States Lighthouse Society's Passport Stamp Program – an exciting initiative that promises a tapestry of maritime heritage, exploration, and discovery at every turn.

As a proud steward of maritime history and the keeper of Portage River Lighthouse in Jacobsville, Michigan, I extend a heartfelt invitation to join us on this remarkable voyage. Nestled amidst the picturesque beauty of Jacobsville, our lighthouse stands as a beacon of tradition and a testament to our rich maritime legacy. And yes, we are thrilled to offer our very own updated stamp as part of the USLHS Passport Stamp Program!

Acquiring your Portage River Lighthouse stamp is a breeze. Whether you find yourself in the charming vicinity of Jacobsville or wish to secure it from afar, we've got you covered. If your travels bring you nearby while the Keeper is in residence, drop by for a personal touch and collect your stamp in person. There's a special magic in meeting the custodian of a lighthouse, sharing stories, and witnessing the dedication to preserving maritime history firsthand.

But fear not; if you can't make the journey in person or if you and the keeper are like two ships passing at night, you can still be a part of this enchanting experience. Just send a donation along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the following address:

Portage River Lighthouse

Attn: Susan Harbourt

38741 Jacobs St

Lake Linden, MI 49945

Rest assured, your donation will contribute directly to the maintenance and preservation efforts of this historic landmark, ensuring that future generations can continue to marvel at its splendor.

USLHS United States Lighthouse Society Passport Stamp
United States Lighthouse Society Passport and Stamp Samples from the USLHS Program Page

Now, let's dive into the Passport Stamp Program itself.

Picture your passport transforming into a treasure map, guiding you through a labyrinth of lighthouses, each brimming with its own unique tale and allure. With over 500 participating locations nationwide, the program offers an immersive journey through coastal regions, an opportunity to delve into maritime history, and a chance to connect with fellow lighthouse enthusiasts.

But that's not all – membership with the United States Lighthouse Society comes with a treasure trove of additional benefits! By joining the Society, you'll gain access to exclusive events, educational resources, and behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most iconic lighthouses in the country. Plus, you'll receive a subscription to the society's quarterly magazine, "The Keeper's Log," featuring in-depth articles, stunning photography, and updates on preservation efforts across the nation.

Once adorned with stamps from various lighthouses, your passport becomes a cherished keepsake, immortalizing your adventures and serving as a testament to your passion for exploration. Moreover, it's a wonderful way to support the preservation endeavors of these iconic landmarks while indulging your wanderlust.

Ready to embark on your lighthouse odyssey? Begin your journey today, and let the Portage River Lighthouse be your inaugural destination. Whether you're drawn to the rugged cliffs of the Pacific Northwest or the sandy shores of the East Coast, there's a lighthouse eagerly awaiting your visit.

To learn more about the United States Lighthouse Society's Passport Stamp Program and sign up, visit:

Join us in celebrating the vibrant maritime heritage of the United States and keep the flame of history burning bright for generations to come!

Fair winds and following seas,

Susan, Keeper at Portage River Lighthouse




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