The Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee is asking for photos to help celebrate the Point Abino Lighthouse's 100th birthday this summer. These unframed photographs, no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches, will be used "to tell the lighthouse story," illustrating its legacy as both a lighthouse and a photo destination, according to a news release.
The "Centennial Exhibition of Point Abino Lighthouse Photographs" is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-13 at the Atrium of the Fort Erie Town Hall. The event will showcase the lighthouse through pictures taken throughout the years.
From the time it went into operation on Oct. 1, 1917 until it was discontinued in 1995, the lighthouse was a beacon for ships traveling on Lake Erie. It was recognized as a Canadian National Historic Site in 1998, purchased by the town of Fort Erie in 2003, and has been a popular spot for wedding photos and tourists since.
Additionally, thanks to the efforts of the Port Abino Lightstation Preservation Society, a bonus was added to this celebration: On May 1, the lighthouse light shone for the first time since it was discontinued. This will continue until October, thanks to a new lighting system.
On the back of the photo in pencil, put the photographer's name and contact information. Photos must be delivered or mailed to The Fort Erie Historical Museum, 402 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, LOS 1NO, by Aug. 1 to be included. Photos also may be either loaned or donated, and can be either black and white or color.