MEDIA ALERT: Split Rock Lighthouse to Light Beacon Tonight to Support Fight Against COVID-19

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 10, 2020
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org or Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

What: Special beacon lighting offers solidarity during COVID-19
Where: Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN
Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
Time: 8-11 p.m. 
Media Access: KBJR 6 will provide a pool feed of the lit beacon for Minnesota TV stations via the “Minnesota Pool-01” feed on LiveUMatrix.
Public Access: Watch via a livestream on the Split Rock Lighthouse Facebook page.

MEDIA ALERT: Split Rock Lighthouse to Light Beacon Tonight to Support Fight Against COVID-19

To show solidarity as we face this historic moment in the fight against COVID-19, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is offering a beacon of hope. This evening, Split Rock Lighthouse, which operates as an MNHS historic site, will light its beacon over Lake Superior from 8-11 p.m. 

“This is a way of saying to all Minnesotans, and to all people worldwide, that together we will weather this storm,” Kent Whitworth, director and CEO of MNHS, said.

The beacon of the 1910 lighthouse is only lit a few times each year, reserved for select special occasions. 

TV news stations can access a live pool feed of the lit beacon for their own broadcasts, and other news media and the public can view a livestream on the Split Rock Lighthouse Facebook page. 

Important Note: Please make sure news coverage mentions Split Rock Lighthouse is currently closed to the public. While critical employees are on site to ensure the property’s safety, visitors cannot come to see the beacon in person. We encourage them to view it via the news or social media.