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.

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: 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.

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: 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: 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!

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 Wednesday, 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.