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"Great Lakes Lighthouse Odyssey" was produced in response to popular demand following public presentations of John and Ann Mahan's multi-media program.

The Great Lakes -- vast inland seas -- have the world's largest concentration of lighthouses. John and Ann take viewers on a breathtaking journey to lighthouses on all five Great Lakes, in all seasons and weather conditions. Along the way, explore rocky shores, precipitous cliffs, sand beaches, towering dunes, and remote islands. See lighthouses from the air, land, and water. Return with a lightkeeper's daughter to the remote island that was her childhood home. Experience the sights and sounds of the Rock of Ages lantern room. See lighthouse interiors, lenses and foghorns, and gain insights into the lives of lighthouse keepers and the symbolism of lighthouses. See shipwreck remains, and travel to Death's Door. Fly over Niagara Falls, the Soo Locks, the Welland Canal, and a castle in the Thousand Islands. Kayak into sea caves at Devils Island Light. Cross Lake Michigan in dense fog on a car ferry.

As the photographers for the first book published on Great Lakes lighthouses (The Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes), Ann and John Mahan began their lighthouse odyssey in the early 1980s--before any lighthouse guidebooks existed, and before many Fresnel lenses were removed, the last lighthouses on the Great Lakes were unmanned, and many lighthouse restoration efforts begun. The 300 images in this program span a period of two decades, giving a perspective not available anywhere else. Through vivid imagery, lyrical narration, moving music, and sounds recorded in their travels, the Mahans present a unique look at Great Lakes lighthouses that is both historical and poetic.


"stunning images and comprehensive information...a fine production"
-- Lake Superior Magazine



Great Lakes Lighthouse Odyssey
copyright Ann and John Mahan

Photographs, Text, Narration, and Sound Recordings by Ann and John Mahan

"Passage Island" -- written and performed by Jenny Mahan
"Islands" -- written and performed by Carol Johnson
"Lightkeepers' Kids" -- written and performed by Jenny Mahan
Background music courtesy DeWolfe Music Library, Inc.

Running time: 45 minutes


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DVD -- $24.95


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