Contributing to the
Port Washington Light Station
Restoration Effort


The restoration of the Port Washington Light Station is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $165,000.  Rebuilding the roof, restoring the brick exterior and renovating the interior of the building are all big-ticket items.  There are many details that must be attended to, and because of the Light Station's status as a building on the National Register of Historic Places, this work must be done carefully so that it maintains the integrity of the building.

The Historical Society needs your help.  How can you contribute?

1) Make a monetary donation to the restoration fund.  The Port Washington State Bank has issued a $15,000 challenge grant that will match every dollar donated up to $15,000.  That means that any donation you make will be DOUBLED.  Effective March 1, 2002, Wisconsin Energy Corporation has announced another $15,000 matching grant, so any contributions received starting March 1 will be doubled. 

The Light Station Restoration Project, with the assistance of the city of Port Washington, has qualified for a Federal Coastal Management Grant.  Like the Port Washington State Bank Challenge Grant, is a Matching Grant. To receive these grants, we need to raise over $60,000 from generous donors.

Donations of $250 or more will receive permanent recognition. You may:

Friend of the Light: $250-$999
Watchman: $1,000-$1,499
Lamp Lighter: $1,500-$2,499
Assistant Keeper: $2,500-$4,999
Lightkeeper: $5,000-$9.999
Master of the Light: $10,000 or more

Make your checks payable to Port Washington Light Station Restoration and send them to:

Port Washington Historical Society
Light Station Restoration Fund
PO Box 491
Port Washington WI 53074

Donate Online!  If you like, you can make a donation online using safe, secure PayPal.  Payments are handled by Webmaster Tom Hudson, whose is used to process the payments.  Just click on the button below, and you'll be able to donate any amount to the Light Station restoration! 

2) Buy an inscribed brick!  These 4x8-inch bricks can be personalized with your message and will be permanently displayed at the Light Station!  More information and a printable order form is available here!

3) Donate your time and skills to help with the restoration.  Contact Linda Nenn, co-chair of the Project, at 262-689-7208 ( ), and let her know you'd like to help. Inquiries may also be directed to the Port Washington Historical Society ( ).  You don't need to be a professional carpenter or even have tools.  There are many small jobs that must be done that don't take a lot of skill, but will result in a great feeling of accomplishment as the restored light station takes shape.  If you are a skilled carpenter or other tradesperson and would like to help, please let us know.  A donation of your valuable time will save a great deal of money and speed the restoration along.  Whatever your skill level, we can find a way for you to contribute to the restoration effort!

You can make a difference.  Your contributions to this endeavor will help us keep the lights burning on one of America's fading lighthouses. Please join us and help make this restoration a reality. We welcome and appreciate your gift be it large or small.


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This page updated Tuesday, March 02, 2004