The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Appeal!
This is one of two appeals conducted each year by the Society, to ask our members and friends for contributions related to Capital Improvement work at the Shipwreck Museum site, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point, Michigan. The site has been on the National Register of Historic Sites since 1973.
Those wishing to contribute to this important fundraiser may do so by visiting our 2017 Summer Appeals Donation page.
Projects that need funding in 2017 include:
- Motor Lifeboat House Boat Exhibit Deck Construction
- Motor Lifeboat House Rehabilitation
- Lightkeepers Quarters Exterior Restoration
- White Shoal Lens New Rotational Bearing
- Underwater Research Activities
Our Type TR USCG 36-foot Motor Lifeboat is currently undergoing active restoration at Mertaugh Boat Works of Hessel, MI. The Shipwreck Society plans to coordinate its completion with construction of the Exhibit Deck at the north end of the Motor Lifeboat House.
Retail Sales Associate
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is looking for individuals to fill full-time or part-time retail sales associate positions at our Museum Store Gift Shop. The right candidates should possess:
- Customer Service experience
- Ability to work effectively with a team
- Accuracy and attention to details
- Computer aptitude
- Ability to work a flexible schedule
Willing to train right candidates. For an application please visit Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 or call 906-492-3747.
Shipwreck Museum open for the 2017 Season!
Another winter has passed and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is now open for another season! This is a great time of year to come visit the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Whitefish Point in particular, as the hawk migrations are underway and waterbirds are passing in great numbers. It is also a time of year when ship traffic is increasing through Whitefish Bay and in and out of Lake Superior. When you watch these great ships passing, it is hard to imagine the hundreds of shipwrecks lie hidden in the cold depths…in some cases, just below surface. Each one has a dramatic story. Discover these dramatic stories in our main Museum gallery, which features a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can also discover the true stories of the men and women of the Lighthouse Service, as well as the men that came to be known as “Storm Warriors.” We hope to see you soon at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum!
No Drone Zone
For the safety and security of our patrons and property, The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point does not allow Drones. Take all the pictures and videos you want, but be sure to leave your drone at home or in your vehicle! Thank you for respecting our No Drone Zone policy.
2017 Funding Announced
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2016-2017.
The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $20,000 for Program Support, particularly in the area of arts and humanities.
Shipwreck Society Receives Superior Award from Historical Society of Michigan
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received the coveted Superior Award from the Historical Society of Michigan. The award was presented at the Upper Peninsula History Conference in Munising, Michigan on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Digital Presentation Equipment Installed
Thanks to funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the historic 1923 USCG Motor Lifeboat House now has professional, digital presentation equipment for its use as a video theatre and presentation facility beginning in the 2016 season. We thank MCACA for this funding!