Imagine gazing across our beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and not seeing the iconic North Pier lighthouses. The inner light, emblazoned with red and white, has kept watch and adorned family and artistic photos for generations. She is part of our city; part of who we are, but she may not last without your support.

You can help preserve the City of St. Joseph’s historic lighthouses forever. The federal government recently donated the lighthouses to the City of St. Joseph for public, educational and historic preservation uses. To ensure everyone can continue to enjoy the lighthouses, the City started the Lighthouse Forever Fund to raise $2.1 million to restore the lights and catwalk, with plans to continue to fund for ongoing maintenance costs through General Fund tax revenues.

Learn more about the lighthouses and catwalk, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005, through interpretive tours, displays and artifacts at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.

Donations to the Lighthouse Forever Fund may be made directly to the City of St. Joseph or through the Berrien Community Foundation, as follows:

Lighthouse Forever Fund
City of St. Joseph
700 Broad Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085


Lighthouse Forever Fund
Berrien Community Foundation
2900 South State Street, Suite 2 East
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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