The non-profit taking care of a remote and historic lighthouse north of Petersburg has a new name and is now based in Petersburg. They’ll be detailing some of the history and plans for the Five Finger Lighthouse on Thursday night at Petersburg Public Library.
The Five Finger Lighthouse Society was formerly the Juneau Lighthouse Association. It’s theorganization that owns and operates the lighthouse, located about 40 miles north of Petersburg in Frederick Sound. The light was one of the first built in Alaska and dates back to 1902. The existing art-deco style structure was built in 1935. In recent years, it’s been used as a center for whale research and a remote destination spot. It also remains a working automated light and weather station.
Now some Petersburg volunteers are seeking donations of time and money to maintain the remote light. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Stephanie Hayes, one of the society’s board members about the group and the future of the historic building.
That presentation by the Five Finger Lighthouse Society is Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the public library.