By Terry Kovarik
After nearly 90-years of service, the Fresnel lens in the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse is about to retire to a new home in town. By months end, the lens will be removed from the lighthouse and moved to the Kewaunee County Historical Society on Ellis Street. Jayne Conard, President of the Friends of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse, says while the lens’s working life is over it will still offer some illuminating maritime history in its new home.
The Kewaunee Pierhead Light’s Fresnel lens is one of seventy still in operation in the United States and one of 16 on the Great Lakes.