Joseph Lane

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Location of Interview
Collection Name

Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018


Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, College of the Atlantic, the Island Institute, and the National Working Waterfront Network.

Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting 

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Lane is a dedicated academic instructor hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a fervent passion for educational tourism and historical preservation. His academic and professional journey has been marked by a deep commitment to connecting people with the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes region. Lane's interest in the historical significance and the architectural beauty of lighthouses has positioned him as an advocate for the restoration and conservation of these iconic structures. His work extends beyond the classroom, as he actively engages in community outreach and development projects aimed at revitalizing working waterfronts. Lane's expertise and enthusiasm for the subject matter have made him a respected figure among his peers and community members who share his vision for preserving the cultural legacy of the Great Lakes. His efforts are driven by the belief that lighthouses are not merely navigational aids of a bygone era but are integral to understanding the region's history and the evolution of maritime commerce.

Scope and Content Note
The interview with Joseph Lane offers an insightful exploration of the challenges and opportunities associated with lighthouse restoration and the broader concept of guided educational tourism on working waterfronts. Throughout the interview, Lane delves into the complexities of preserving these historical landmarks, discussing the technical, financial, and bureaucratic hurdles that often impede restoration efforts. He articulates the significance of lighthouses in the Great Lakes region, not only as beacons of maritime history but also as potential catalysts for community engagement and educational enrichment. Lane shares his experiences and aspirations for developing educational tours that would allow visitors to experience the working waterfronts firsthand, fostering a deeper appreciation for the area's cultural and economic heritage. His narrative underscores the symbiotic relationship between educational tourism and the preservation of working waterfronts, suggesting that such initiatives can invigorate local economies and instill a sense of pride and stewardship within communities. Lane's interview is a call to action for support from the National Working Waterfront Network and others who can aid in realizing the vision of connecting the public to the storied past and vibrant future of the Great Lakes' working waterfronts.

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