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||David Gerth founded the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society in 2008 and has been Director and volunteer with the organization ever since. David loves everything about Isle Royale and Rock of Ages Lighthouse, especially the beauty, solitude, and rich history of the area. David is a building facility manager for the Duluth Public School District where he has worked for the last 17 years. He directs the restoration of Rock of Ages Lighthouse and manages the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Heather Gerth has volunteered with Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society since 2016, serving as both a trip leader and board member. In 2018 she became part-time Assistant Director working behind the scenes year-round to keep the organization running smoothly. Heather enjoys hiking, birding, camping, paddling, and anything outdoors. She has a M.S. in Zoology and M.S. in Environmental Education with a strong background in non-profit work. Heather manages the membership database, writes and manages grants, performs bookkeeping, and coordinates volunteer work trips for the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior is a popular paddling destination, but have you heard about the amazing maritime history of the 4 lighthouses that fall within the park's boundaries? In our ever-changing, fast-paced world, the solitude, beauty, and strength captured in a lighthouse is something to be treasured. In this presentation, David and Heather Gerth will transport you back in time to consider the lost way of life of the keepers of the Rock of Ages Lighthouse, a 10-story offshore lighthouse 4 miles from the southwest corner of Isle Royale. Even today, this magnificent structure with its compelling history has crept into the lives of many volunteers, capturing their imaginations, and spurring them to action to preserve this lighthouse and its history. Learn about the volunteers of the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society who are working to restore the Rock of Ages Lighthouse and preserve its history so that all can continue to experience a lost way of life.