Schooner Days: Book Signing and Program with Chris Winters
May 25-26, 2018
Noted Great Lakes Author, Photographer, and Historian Christopher Winters will present his brand-new book Schooner Days at the Shipwreck Museum on Friday and Saturday, with a special public program at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 25. This event is admission free and donations are welcome. Chris is a newly elected board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.
For more information, contact the Shipwreck Society staff at 800-635-1742.
Shipwreck Society Weather Bureau Building Open for the 2018 Season
Visiting the Soo Locks this summer? If so, please visit our museum on-site at Lock’s Park, located in the historic 1899 Weather Bureau Building. This structure once housed the meteorologists and equipment which kept ship’s crews (traversing the navigational locks) aware of weather conditions on Lake Superior…now it is a fascinating museum and gift shop. Exhibits tell the early history of the National Weather Service on the Upper Great Lakes, while also telling of shipwrecks, Whitefish Point Light-Station and U.S. Life-Saving Service history on the Shipwreck Coast. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Historic Weather Bureau Building section of this website.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum to open for the 2018 Season on Tuesday, May 1
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will open to the public on May 1, 2018. Our hours of operation are 10:00am-6:00pm daily, through October 31, 2018. We truly had an excellent year in 2017 and would like to thank everybody who visited us! In addition, our Crew’s Quarters (Bed and Breakfast) saw its highest occupancy rate ever, and we thank all of you who came and stayed with us at the Whitefish Point Light-Station this past year. The Crew’s Quarters will open this year on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Please call 800-635-1742, or see the Crew’s Quarters section of this website for more information.
What do you think about getting on a paddle board and paddling across Lake Superior?
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is very proud to announce that the group, Stand Up For Great Lakes, has selected us to be their beneficiaries in 2018! The guys in Stand Up For Great Lakes put their bodies on the line and act…they don’t talk, they do.
2018 Employment Opportunities at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The Shipwreck Society is hiring full-time and part-time seasonal positions for 2018, with most positions starting in late April/early May, and ending on October 31. We are looking for motivated individuals for the following positions:
- RETAIL SALES CLERK
- MUSEUM CUSTODIAN
- HISTORICAL INTERPRETER
Online Museum Store is Open for Business!
Here is a reminder to our web visitors that the Shipwreck Society does indeed have a Museum Store that is active throughout the year. Please click here to be directed to all categories of items and gifts for sale through our webstore.
Annual Appeal 2017
Members of the Shipwreck Society are familiar with our Annual Appeal fundraiser, which is designed to raise operational support funding from our visitors, guests, and members before the end of the 2017 tax year. Gifts made in 2017 are tax-deductible as the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.
Members will receive a contribution envelope in the U.S. mail in the next week or so. However, you may make your contribution online right now by clicking Annual Appeal Year-End 2017.
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.
2018 MCACA FUNDING
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $28,000 for Program Support, in the area of arts and humanities. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has incorporated paintings, ship models, videos and artifacts with its museum exhibits for many years, using fine art to interpret history. Awards are based on performance as measured by how well our organization presents its programs to a large, diverse audience.
The second award is provided under MCACA’s Capital Improvement Program in the amount of $24,500 for Construction of a Boat Exhibit Display on the north end of our new Motor Lifeboat House. This will allow us to park our 36-foot USCG Motor Lifeboat outdoors for public viewing; to move it inside during the off-season months; and provide a new walkway along the woods directly to the restrooms in the new gift shop.
Donations are being accepted for this project; you may make your donation online at Historic Restoration at the Whitefish Point Light Station; by sending a check to our administrative office; or call Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742.
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.