Summer Appeal Now Underway
Shipwreck Society Members and Friends know that we instituted a second fundraising drive last year, conducted in the summer, focused on raising necessary funds for Capital Improvement Projects at the Whitefish Point Light Station. This effort was remarkably successful last year, and we are doing it again, beginning this week! We are all together in our mission to support the Shipwreck Society.
For 2015, key projects are:
Motor Lifeboat Restoration
Motor Lifeboat House Restoration
Historic Building Restoration
Repair of Barrier-Free Observation Deck
Underwater Research Activities
All members, and all previous contributors to the Shipwreck Society, will receive a direct-mail piece in their US Mail within the next two weeks. Please read this information, and please consider our need and your giving potential.
Operational gifts are always welcome too! Please call Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742 with any questions.
Please click here if you would like to make a contribution using our secure web site.
Shipwreck Museum Is Now Open for the SeasonThe Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum opened for the 2015 season on Friday, May 1. Museum staff is fully on duty to serve our 2015 visitors - come and see us!
Please click here to view special events for the museum year.
Museum hours are 10 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, through October 31, 2015.
Funding Announced from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsThe Shipwreck Society is very pleased to announce receipt of two grant funding awards from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for its fiscal year 2015.
First, the Society is recipient of an award of $32,000 from the Program for Operational and Program support. This is the only operational grant the Society receives, and its amount is based on several factors, including how well and how extensively our organization presents its cultural, humanities, and arts programs, and how well we score during its thorough reviews.
Second, the Society has received another award of $18,000 to support purchase and installation of modern, digital, audio/visual equipment in the Motor Lifeboat House. This award comes through the Capital Improvement Program of MCACA. We thank our board member Corey Adkins for his direct assistance in organizing this project.
"It is heartening to know that the State is doing well enough to support our artistic programs in the Upper Peninsula at this level," said Sean Ley, Development Officer for the Shipwreck Society. "Not long ago, we received less funding, primarily due to the economy. The state administration appreciates the great value the arts have for our residents and visitors, and we thank our legislators for this funding."
Ley said that Shipwreck Society members who live in Michigan should take a moment to thank their state legislators for its appropriation to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural affairs whenever possible.
Annual Appeal Raises over $20,000 in 2014The Shipwreck Society is please to announce that the Annual Appeal raised $20,689 in private funding at the end of 2014. This figure is the highest the Shipwreck Society has ever seen from this effort! Our sincere thanks to our generous donors and supporters for this wonderful response.
During the coming year, we are planning to invite participation in another Summer Appeal, that will ask for funds dedicated to capital projects. We will reserve requests for operating funds to the once-per-year Annual Appeal at the end of 2015.
The Society can of course accept donations at any time throughout the year as a 501 c(3) charitable organization. Please click here if you are interested; or, you may contact Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742.
Best wishes for a successful winter and we will be informing our members of exciting projects for 2015 very soon.
Restoration of Navy Radio Building Nears Completion
NEW DISCOVERY: Shipwreck Society Locates Wreckage of 1866 Schooner Nelson
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is voted as "Best of the Lake" 2014 by Lake Superior Magazine Readers!
2014 at the Shipwreck Museum: Shipwreck Hunting, Historic Restorations, A New Hands-On Exhibit and a Motor Lifeboat
Much is happening at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in 2014, including the opening of a new "Hands-On" exhibit for kids, the restoration of a 1929 U.S. Navy Radio Station building on site, the design of the 1923 Motor Lifeboat House restoration and ongoing strategic planning. The Motor Lifeboat House was moved back to Whitefish Point this past September (2013), and the physical restoration will begin in 2015. Ultimately, it will become the museum's new theater and event space. Also, through the generosity of the GLSHS members, we have recently acquired and paid for a Motor Lifeboat (#36381) to be exhibited within the Motor Lifeboat House.
The research vessel David Boyd has been regularly heading into Lake Superior and Whitefish Bay to further document known shipwrecks and discover new wreck-sites. A number of anomalies have come up on the Boyd's side-scan sonar and further investigation is required to determine if they are in fact shipwrecks. Stay tuned!
The Shipwreck Society also just completed nearly two years of planning with its partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Seney National Wildlife Refuge) and Michigan Audubon Society (Whitefish Point Bird Observatory)at Whitefish Point. Internal Strategic Planning has been underway at the museum throughout this past winter and spring, and many aspects of our operations are being reviewed and discussed. An entirely new Mission Statement was created and approved by our Board of Directors, which summarizes our focus:
The Mission of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is Preserve the lights and stations which warned mariners of the dangers inherent, honor those who were aboard and bravely attempted rescue and discover, document and interpret the vessels which instead took the deep.
Stay tuned as we navigate the 2014 season for more updates and news!
Michigan Council for Arts & 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, please visit http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/.
TV 9&10 Feature Story chronicles the Motor Lifeboat House Move...
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
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!
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.