2015 Calendar of Events

Sean Ley, Shipwreck Society Development Officer, and Bruce Lynn, Executive Director

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 June 6 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.

Annual Meeting 2015


The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner will take place on Saturday, June 6.

The event will be held at the Community Center in downtown Paradise, just 11 miles south of the Shipwreck Museum. The evening festivities begin at 5:00pm with cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the Annual Meeting/Speaker at 7:00pm. So 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!

Plan your weekend now, and spend a wonderful day at the Shipwreck Museum and see whats new. Explore the shore line of Lake Superior and area walking trails then attend the Annual Members Meeting in the evening, in Paradise.

Saturday: October 10, 2015

Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light Benefit Race

Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

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

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

Registration: Register onsite at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store (May through October 9, until 7 p.m.) or online at www.Active.com (March through midnight October 8). Registration forms may be mailed with payment (received by October 8). Race Packets can be picked up Friday, October 9, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 10, from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store. Onsite registration will not be available the day of the race.

Race Fees: 5K: $25, then $30 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

10K: $35, then $40 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

Half Marathon: $45, then $50 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

All participants will receive a Whitefish Point: Run for the Light Dri-FIT T-Shirt with Race Packet and receive special admission Group Visit rate of $9 (regularly $13) to the Shipwreck Museum. Awards to top two finishers in each Age Group, Male and Female, in each Race Event (Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk). Awards to overall Top Finishers, Male and Female in each Race Event. Certificate of Finishing. Course: Chip Timing, Flat Paved Roadway. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

Become an official race sponsor and/or volunteer for the 2015 Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light benefit race, please call 906-635-1742.

The Whitefish Point: Run for the Light benefit race was voted Best Race Event in 2014 by The Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club!

2015 Race Registration

Friday: 7pm

Speaker Series: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Whitefish Point Light Station

Upcoming Speaker Series coming soon!

Tuesday: November 10, 2015

Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony

The Edmund Fitzgerald Annual Memorial Ceremony

40th Anniversary 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 forty 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 Tuesday, November 10, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery Building.

The public is cordially invited to attend and view a "live feed" televised showing of the ceremony in the US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House and Museum Gift Store. 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.

The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery, US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House, Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, USCG Surf Boathouse, Special Exhibit Gallery and Museum Gift Store will be open on November 10th 2015. The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery will close at 4pm during set up for the ceremony.

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/.