Lighthouse Days illuminates history of structures across Great Lakes

By KBJR News 1

August 9, 2014 Updated Aug 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It was August 7th, 1789 when President George Washington first signed the 9th Act of Congress, federalizing lighthouses nationwide and aiding a fledgling shipping industry that would grow into a source of economic prosperity across the Great Lakes.

225 years later, Twin Ports residents continue to commemorate the impact of shipping in the area with the 12th annual Twin Ports Lighthouse Days.

Since Thursday, the Corps of Engineers has welcomed guests to the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center in Canal Park for a celebration of all things Lighthouse.

Saturday also featured guest singer–songwriter Terri Bocklund, who draws her inspiration to make music from the Great Lakes and surrounding areas.

"Genius loci, the Spirit of a place, and this spirit of place connects with my spirit in some way," said Bockund in between sets,"I live three hours away from Ocean City, Maryland. If I'm looking for a beach and waves I could do that, but that's the wrong water. This is the right water," she added, laughing.

Twin Ports Lighthouse days come to a close Sunday with events running from noon until 4 p.m. in Canal Park.

Al Skomars