2014: Shipwreck Society undergoes Strategic Planning
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 portion 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 Shipwreck Society's members, we have recently acquired and paid for a Motor Lifeboat (#36381) to be exhibited within the Motor Lifeboat House.
We express sincere thanks to the Michigan Humanities Council for funding the new children's exhibition, called Shipwreck Exploration for a New Generation!
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!
2014 GLSHS Annual Meeting and Dinner
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2014 Annual Meeting and dinner will take place on Friday, April 4, at the Walker Cisler Center on the grounds of Lake Superior State University. LSSU Campus and Parking Map PDFs are available for download. Click on the links below. The speaker this year will be long-time GLSHS board member Chris Winters.
Mr. Winters is a lifelong student of Great Lakes maritime history. Currently the staff photographer at Discovery World museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he has been for twenty years the official-unofficial photographer of the world’s only replica of a three-masted Great Lakes cargo schooner, the S/V Denis Sullivan. Chris is a veteran shipwreck explorer, three-term board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and an associate member of the International Shipmasters Association. His award-winning book of photographs Centennial: Steaming through the American Century, chronicling life aboard the century-old lake steamer St. Marys Challenger, was published in 2008.
The event, to take place in the Superior Room, will begin at 5:00pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the Annual Meeting/Speaker at 7:00pm. 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!
The cost of the 2014 Annual Dinner is $25.00 per person. Special lodging rates for GLSHS members are available at the Holiday Inn Express (800-632-3999), Ojibway Ramada Plaza Hotel (800-654-2929), Super 8 Hotel (906-632-6000) and the Soo Locks Lodge and Suites (906-635-5000). Simply mention that you are with the Shipwreck Society when setting up your reservation. Please contact the Shipwreck Society offices (800-635-1742) to reserve your spot for this year’s Annual Meeting and dinner. 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner Admission Tickets may also be purchased through our online Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.
Experience the Shallow Shipwrecks of Whitefish Bay and Lake Superior...by kayak!
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and Woods and Water Eco Tours (woodswaterecotours.com) are teaming up to offer special kayaking tours along Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast. Packages include a Shipwreck Museum visit and optional reduced rates in the restored USCG Crew's Quarters. Please call 906-635-1742 and ask for Bruce Lynn for additional information.