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ANNUAL APPEAL 2014

The Shipwreck Society’s Annual Appeal for 2014 is now open! We invite our members, guests, and visitors to consider a contribution during the month of December to this non-profit organization, a 501 c (3) charitable organization per the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Contributions made at this time of year are usually designated for operating purposes, but any donor may specify an individual project to support.  Please on the Annual Appeal icon at the right to be directed to the element of this web site that allows you to make a contribution online, or further examine the capital and exhibit projects that are underway.

The Society is pleased to have accomplished many things this past year, including locating the wreck of the schooner Nelson, acquiring an authentic 36-foot Motor Lifeboat, and opening our first-ever Childrens’ Exhibit.

Contributions may also be made by sending a check to:  Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, 400 West Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783.  And, alternately, you may telephone the Shipwreck Society at 800-635-1742, for more information.  Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Sean Ley, Development Officer

Restoration of Navy Radio Building Nears Completion

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U.S. Navy Radio Building Secured for the Winter
The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce great progress in the rehabilitation of the U.S. Navy Radio Building at Whitefish Point, formerly known as the Video Theatre. Shipwreck Society members are aware of our intention to rehabilitate this building for use as a Changing Exhibits Gallery, moving the Video Theatre function over to the Motor Lifeboat House, which was relocated on the site in September of 2013. There remains some work to be done to the Navy Radio Building, but the structure is safely secured for the winter. Work that has been fully completed includes: New roof and roof sheeting / 19 new historic replica high-efficiency double-hung windows, with generous support from the Jeld-Wen Window Company / Restoration of the Front Porch. Work remaining to be completed includes painting and installation of replica siding, and some work on the interior. This project, as well as the move of the Motor Lifeboat House, has been made possible by a matching grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs under its Capital Improvement Program. We sincerely thank MCACA for its funding that will lead to rotating Arts and Humanities exhibits at Whitefish Point, as called for in the Human Use and Natural Resources Management of 2002.
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NEW DISCOVERY: Shipwreck Society Locates Wreckage of 1866 Schooner Nelson

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Hull section (bow) still displays the ship's name 115 years after her sinking
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce the recent discovery of the schooner Nelson, lost off Deer Park (Lake Superior) in May 1899. "This is a shipwreck that we've wanted to find for a very long time" remarked Darryl Ertel, GLSHS Director of Marine Operations. The 199' schooner was in tow of the wooden steamer A. Folsom when it went down in a devastating spring gale. Learn more about the recently discovered Nelson in the Great Lakes Shipwrecks section of this website...

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is voted as "Best of the Lake" 2014 by Lake Superior Magazine Readers!

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More than 1,200 voters from all over the United States and Canada cast their votes for what they considered to be the best Lake Superior views, waterfalls, family attractions, art gallery/museum, overnight stay and more. This is an annual contest hosted by Lake Superior Magazine and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum was number one in Michigan in the "Best Art Gallery/Museum" category! We at the Shipwreck Museum would like to thank everybody who voted for us and hope to see all of you at the museum soon! See the August/September issue of Lake Superior Magazine for more information...

2014 at the Shipwreck Museum: Shipwreck Hunting, Historic Restorations, A New Hands-On Exhibit and a Motor Lifeboat

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Motor Lifeboat #36381 prepares to depart Tall Timbers, Maryland en route to the Shipwreck Museum

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

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/.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Now OPEN for the 2014 Season!

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum opened for the 2014 season on Thursday, May 1. Mother Nature afforded Whitefish Point with nice, warm, sunny weather starting on Memorial Day weekend, and it is beautiful here now.  The museum is open every day, 7 days a week, from 10 am to 6 pm, through October 31.

The Crews Quarters building is also open for occupancy; your overnight visit to the site includes a guided tour of the museum.  A specially discounted rate of $125 daily per room applies through the month of May.  Please see the following article for information about the Crews Quarters Overnight Program. 

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

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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

Awards Received from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

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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

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 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

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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.

The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains the most mysterious and controversial of all shipwreck tales heard around the Great Lakes. Her story is surpassed

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