The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula.

What's New

MOTOR LIFEBOAT HOUSE EXHIBITION DECK COMPLETED

Members of the Shipwreck Society are familiar with the 1923 U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat House, and with our acquisition of USCG 38381, an original 36-foot Motor Lifeboat now under restoration at Mertaugh Boat Works in Hessel, Michigan. We are very pleased to report that the Exhibition Deck, to display this vessel outside during the museum season, has been completed!

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Awards 2019 Operational Support Funding

This award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $20,000 for Program Support, in the areas of arts and humanities. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has consistently incorporated paintings, ship models, videos and artifacts with its museum exhibits for many years, making use of fine art to interpret history. Most shipwrecks did not occur with a television, still, or video camera recording the incident; yet through history, visual artists have used their medium to capture the drama of such events, and the museum features the work of many artists, most of whom grew up in Michigan.

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Run for the Light Update-Thanks for a Great Day!

The 8th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for Light (October 13, 2018) was a big success, with chilly temperatures, snow and over 100 participants! Despite the snow, everybody appeared to enjoy themselves and while doing so, raised important funds to help preserve our 1861 Whitefish Point Lighthouse. This light has been guiding ship traffic since Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and still operates today…making it the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. We would like to thank all of you who participated, all of our volunteers and our sponsors for making this race possible. You are helping to preserve the history that makes Whitefish Point such an important place. Thank you, and we’ll see you at the 9th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light, on October 12, 2019. Watch our website for update(s) regarding next year’s race, and think about joining us in 2019. Thanks again!

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Stand Up for Great Lakes crossing of Lake Superior-Success!

Under near perfect conditions, the Stand Up for Great Lakes crew, consisting of Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz and Jeff Guy, paddle-boarded across Lake Superior in just 21 hours, and in doing so took a dramatic step to protect, educate and stand up for all Great Lakes.  They departed Sinclair Cove, Ontario on Tuesday morning amidst fog en route for the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck site, laid a wreath above the area of the wreck itself on Tuesday evening, and by 6am on Wednesday morning they arrived at Whitefish Point. A large crowd greeted them as the sun was coming up and the waves only then started to pick-up. Stand Up for Great Lakes named the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (501 (c)3) as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts this year, and if you would like to donate, there is still time. Please visit their website at, standupforgreatlakes.com. Let’s all take a moment to thank Kwin, Jeff and Joe for the efforts to protect our lakes and to help raise funds for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society!


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.

 

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.

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Administrative: US Weather Bureau Building 400 W. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 906-635-1742 Toll Free Phone: 800-635-1742
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 888-492-3747 Contact Us