2014 Calendar of Events

The Shipwreck Museum Maritime Speaker Series, along with other special events, will continue this summer!  A preliminary calendar of events is listed here; please follow this GLSHS web site for updates and more programs / events to be added.

All events  - with the exception of the April 4 Annual Meeting - will take place at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. Speaker Series events* are free for Society Members, and $5.00 donation for the general public. 

For more information about any of these events, please call the Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has supported the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for many years through a series of cultural grant programs that are designed to promote appreciation of and education in the Fine Arts in Michigan.  The Shipwreck Museum is a current recipient of a Program for Operational Support Award for 2014.

A portion of funds received from MCACA come from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information on cultural programs from this agency that preserves Michigan's artistic hertiage, please visit  http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/.

 

Monday: November 10, 2014

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony


The Edmund Fitzgerald Annual Memorial Ceremony

Annual Memorial Ceremony

Time:  7:00 pm

Location: Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery

On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in an infamous Lake Superior storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men. The Fitzgerald’s story has become a popular legend through a song by Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot – and the cause of her loss remains a mystery thirty-five years later.

The bell of this most famous Great Lakes shipwreck was recovered at the request of surviving family members in 1995 and is now on display as a memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum will offer its annual Memorial Service this year on Monday, November 10, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum building. Public seating will begin no earlier than 6:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

The public is cordially invited to attend. The service includes music, reflections, and a Call to the Last Watch Ceremony during which the bell is tolled 29 times for each crew member, plus a 30th ring to remember all Mariners lost on the Great Lakes. Refreshments will be served immediately following.

Saturday: October 11, 2014

Fourth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

Fourth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

The Fourth Annual Whitefish Point Run for the Light. All Proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration of the Whitefish Point Lighthouse.

To register, please click here to be taken to active.com.

Click on the link below to download a GLSHS PDF Registration Form. Fill out the form and mail it back to us.

 

What: Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk*

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where: Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum**

Time: Foghorn Start at 9 a.m.

Registration: Shipwreck Museum or online at Active.com. Race Packets may be picked up Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7-8 a.m.

Fees: $20, $25 September 28 through Race Day 8 a.m., $15 GLSHS Members

*All participants will receive a Whitefish Point Run for the Light Race Souvenir with Race Packet.

**Course: Chip Timing, Flat Paved Roadway. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support as sponsors of the 2014 Run for the Light Event:

Brown Fisheries, Inc., Browns Fish House, (906) 492-3901

Tahquamenon Falls Brewer & Pub, Barrett Camp 33, Inc., www.tahquamenonfallsbrewery.com

Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau, info@saultstemarie.com

Edward Jones, Financial Advisor, Bill McLeod, (906) 632-4985

Berry Patch Gifts & Bakery and Restaurant, www.berrypatchparadise.com

Joe Skiera Construction, (231) 889-3325

Pro Sports Bike Shop, (906) 632-8161

Real Estate Paradise, LLC., which includes Superior Shores Realty, Tahquamenon Suites Lodging and Whitefish Gallery, www.superiorshoresrealty.com

Paradise Hardware, www.paradisemihardware.com

Lori Langendorf & Associates, www.langendorfcpa.com

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Run for the Light Event, please call 906-635-1742.

Friday: September 12, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: The Great War on the Great Lakes


Whitefish Point Light Station

The Great War on the Great Lakes: Bruce Lynn, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, will guide museum guests through the “Great War” on the Lakes. Unexpected happenings, such as French shipwrecks on Lake Superior and German spies at Whitefish Point will be highlighted!

Saturday, Sunday and Monday: August 30, 31 and September 1

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

Friday: August 29

Speaker Series: Wreck of the John Jacob Astor


Photo courtesy of Isaac Pennock, TUGBOATHUNTER

John Griebel, Great Lakes maritime historian, will present The wreck of the John Jacob Astor: Copper Harbor’s First Crucial Shipwreck.

Using primary sources documents, a minute by minute account of the shipwreck and its affect on the early mining communities in Superior’s wilderness.

Friday: July 18, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: World War II on the Great Lakes


Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives

Mike LeButt, Great Lakes maritime historian, will present the pivotal role the Great Lakes played during the second world war as America became the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Lumber, Lakes and Lighthouses


Sawmill at Calumet, Michigan, c. 1900

Lumber, Lakes and Lighthouses: Michigan Historian Robert Burg will bring to life the exciting days of the lumber industry and its direct connections to Great Lakes maritime history.

This speaker series event will be held in the temporary exhibit gallery at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by donation.  Please call 800-635-1742 for more information.

Friday and Saturday: May 23 and 24

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

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Friday: May 23, 2014 at 7pm

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What does it take to maneuver a hefty vessel through the bay of Green Bay up the Fox River to one of the docks? Join Great Lakes Captain Gary W. Schmidt to find out!

Through photographs and stories, Captain Schmidt will take the audience aboard his vessel to discover the details of daily life on a 711-foot Great Lakes freighter, its personnel, and operations. 

This speaker series event will be held in the temporary exhibit gallery at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Friday, May 23 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by donation.  Please call 800-635-1742 for more information.

 

 

Annual Meeting 2014

Photograph by Chris Winters, main speaker at the 2014 GLSHS Annual Meeting and Dinner

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2014 Annual Meeting and dinner will take place on Friday, April 4, at the Walker Cisler Center on the grounds of Lake Superior State University. LSSU Campus and Parking Map PDFs are available for download. Click on the links below. The speaker this year will be long-time GLSHS board member Chris Winters.

The event, to take place in the Superior Room, will begin at 5:00pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the Annual Meeting/Speaker at 7:00pm. Many new and exciting things are happening at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum this year, and we will shed light on each project. Please join us this year!

The cost of the 2014 Annual Dinner is $25.00 per person. Special lodging rates for GLSHS members are available at the Holiday Inn Express (800-632-3999), Ojibway Ramada Plaza Hotel (800-654-2929), Super 8 Hotel (906-632-6000) and the Soo Locks Lodge and Suites (906-635-5000). Simply mention that you are with the Shipwreck Society when setting up your reservation. Please contact the Shipwreck Society offices (800-635-1742) to reserve your spot for this year’s Annual Meeting and dinner. 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner Admission Tickets may also be purchased through our online Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.