An Archaeological Biography of the Garrity Family in Presque Isle, Michigan by Sophia Stuart; 2018; 115 pages; a manuscript copy of Sophia Stuart’s Masters Thesis, given to me by Sophia; 4/18/18-4/19/18

Why did I read this?  I have always been fascinated by lighthouses and the people who cared for them, prior to automation and I know the author.

Presque Isle, Michigan, (not to be confused with Presque Isle, Maine) is on the upper northeast part of the Michigan mitten, on the western shore of Lake Huron.  The Garrity family manned the Presque Isle lighthouse for over 70 years, with at least two different generations living there.  Sophia used items from two different spots that were excavated on Presque Isle to ascertain somethings about the family.  It was an interesting way to find out a family, it would be interesting to see more biographies augmented by artifacts.

What is with the title of the review?  Some of what Sophia discovered about the Garrity family was discovered through the items that were excavated from around the lighthouse.

10/10