Preserving the Past to Teach the Future. Our mission is to collect, exhibit and educate people about Kenosha County history.

How do I light the historic 1866 Southport Lighthouse??

Families, friends, individuals or organizations can light the 1866 lighthouse for a special person, occasion, anniversary, birthday or memoriam. The lighthouse is lit the evening of the requested date from dusk to dawn and an accompanying ad is placed in the Kenosha News. The ad will always have a sketch of the lighthouse and says, THE LIGHT SHINES, Tonight the 1866 Kenosha (Southport) Lighthouse shines in honor of or memory of designated person. The cost is $35.00 for text and $50.00 with a photo and text. We do require a 7 – 10 day lead time, and placement can be made with staff at the Kenosha History Center, either in person or phone 262 -654- 5770 ext. 109.

Send an email to staff to "Light the Lighthouse" or to request more information.

Attached is brochure with more helpful information. click for brochure

What are the Rules and Policies for a reservation?
Reservations must be made with Museum staff. Reservations may be taken over the phone or in person at the Kenosha History Center. Dates may be made one year in advance, following the anniversary of the date. Reservations are first come, first serve; past reservations do not guarantee future reservations. No date is confirmed until payment and information is received. Payment must be received a minimum of two (2) weeks in advance before the date. Text for the ad is required to be typewritten or printed. Cursive handwriting will not be accepted. Limited space is available for text, 1.8" x 5" maximum for the entire ad with sketch for the smaller ad. This is approximately 5 lines, 22 characters per line. Individuals may reserve the same date a maximum of two (2) consecutive years. Individuals who wish to reserve a third or more consecutive year will be put on a waiting list. If the desired date is not reserved two (2) months prior to the date by another party, the date may be reserved by the first individual on the waiting list and will be confirmed upon payment and submittal of text.

Interested in renting one or more rooms in the History Center, the Southport Light Station grounds or the both the grounds and the building at the Southport Light Station Museum?

Click the link button below to download the Facility Rental application.


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