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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Opens Thursday, May 1

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will open for the 2014 season on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  During the month of April, the Crews Quarters building is open for occupancy; your overnight visit to the site includes a guided tour of the museum.  Please see the following article for information about the Crews Quarters Overnight Program.  Regular hours beginning May 1 are 10 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, through the month of October.

Stay at the Whitefish Point Light-Station this Spring 2014 and Save Money on Standard Lodging Rates...

The snow is deep now, but spring will soon be here...
Experience a special time of year at Whitefish Point and enjoy reduced rates in the restored 1923 USCG Crew's Quarters. This offer will last from April 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014. Guests will pay only $125 per night (standard rate=$150 per night) and members will pay only $100 per night. Included in this rate is a one year membership in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. Please call 800-635-1742 for more information.

Awards Received from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is very pleased to announce the receipt of two grant awards from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for 2014.

The Society has been awarded $21,000 under the Program for Operational Support.  These funds are designated as general program support for Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum programs.

And, the Society has also been awarded $30,000 under the Capital Improvement or Facilities Improvement Program designated for cultural and historical facilities in Michigan.  These new funds are targeted at rehabilitation and adaptive restoration of the U.S. Navy Radio Station Barracks Building at Whitefish Point, more commonly known as the Video Theatre.

During the season of 2014, the present video theatre space will be moved to the newly relocated 1923 U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat House.  Interior work on the Navy Radio Building will allow a new Changing Exhibits Gallery to be installed in this building, so that rotating (changing) museum and artistic exhibits can be presented, increasing the cultural experience for old and new audiences.  Both MCACA awards assure an exciting, interesting, and busy museum season that will be here soon!

The Shipwreck Museum will open for the season on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Rates for admission and group tours will remain the same as in 2013.  For information, please call the Society office in Sault Ste. Marie at 800-635-1742.

Annual Appeal Raises $17,500 for Shipwreck Museum

Our sincere thanks to all of our members and friends who contributed to the 2013 Annual Appeal!  This important fundraiser is conducted once each year for general operating support of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.  The amount of $17,500 is higher than that raised in recent years!

As an active non-profit institution, the Shipwreck Society is continually seeking new sources of funding by making new friends.  If you have any comments or ideas for fundraising, please feel free to share them with our Development Officer, Mr. Sean Ley.  Sean can be reached at 800-635-1742.

TV 9&10 Feature Story chronicles the Motor Lifeboat House Move...

The 1923 USCG Motor Lifeboat House in its original location at Whitefish Point

The move of the historic Motor Lifeboat House back to Whitefish Point has now been told through TV 9&10, the Northern Michigan CBS television news station. To view, click on link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVnrq2-_8rA&feature=youtu.be

U.S. Senator Carl Levin Visits Shipwreck Museum


 Left to right:  Bruce Lynn, Executive Director, Senator Carl Levin, Sean Ley, Development Officer

 On Friday, August 16, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum was honored to receive U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D - Michigan) for a visit.  The Senator said that the purpose of his visit was to enjoy the day and tour the site he had heard about for a long time.  The Senator and his staff were instrumental in securing the 2012 Patent Amendment that allows work under the Human Use and Natural Resources Management Plan to proceed

Shipwreck Society Receives Presentation from United States Congressman Dan Benishek


Left to right:  Bruce Lynn, Executive Director; Sean Ley, Development Officer; and Congressman Dan Benishek.

On Friday, August 16, U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek (R - MI District 1) visited the Shipwreck Society at the Weather Bureau Building in Sault Sainte Marie.  The Congressman presented a signed copy of our 2012 Patent Amendment to Bruce Lynn, Executive Director, and Sean Ley, Development Officer.   This federal document is signed by Congressman John Boehner, Speaker of the House; President of the Senate Pro Tempore in June of 2012,  the late Senator Daniel Inouye; and the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

We sincerely thank Congressman Benishek, Senator Carl Levin, and their staffs for their extensive work to see this bill (S.404) through to its completion.

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

MCACA_Web_Page.pngThe 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, please visit  http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/.

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