2020 Events

As many of you know, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum hosts a variety of speakers and events each year. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reducing the number of events overall for the 2020 season. With that being said, our traditional events, such as the annual Edmund Fitzgerald memorial program (Nov. 10, 2020) and the Whitefish Point: Run for the Light (October 10, 2020), should take place as they have for years.  Our annual visit from Frank Mays, survivor of the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley, will likely take place in July. When at the Shipwreck Museum, Mr. Mays signs copies of his book, as well as tells the story of his ship and crew-mates. Michigan historian Roger P. Hulett, Vice-President of the Great Lakes Lore Museum, typically joins Frank, and co-presents his book, A Lot More to Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays, that same weekend. We’ll keep you updated on this, and other special events as we get closer to our museum opening date of June 1, 2020. Stay tuned, and be safe!

2020 Events


May 16, 2020
GLSHS Annual Meeting and Dinner – postponed until further notice


June 1, 2020 Opening Day

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & The Historic Weather Bureau Building Exhibits Open

The Museum is open daily 10am-6pm through October 31, 2020

Historic Weather Bureau Building – Soo Locks Park, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

The Shipwreck Society’s Historic U.S. Weather Bureau Building (Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, MI) opens for the season in Locks Park, Sault Ste. Marie. The Visitor Gallery and Sales Shop will be available to the public from 10 am to 4 pm daily, 7 days a week, through October 31, 2020


October 10, 2020

10th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light

All proceeds from this annual event, a race, fun run, or walk, benefit ongoing restoration efforts of the 1861 Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Click here for information, or to register.


November 10, 2020

Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony, 45 years of remembrance, Shipwreck Museum Gallery

This event is always held on November 10, at 7:00 pm, which is the moment this most famous of Great Lakes shipwrecks was lost in a terrible storm on Lake Superior, just 15 miles from Whitefish Point, in 1975. Those new to this ceremony should plan on arriving early to get a seat, and should be prepared for the respectful, if not emotional, atmosphere we experience every year.

Administrative: US Weather Bureau Building 400 W. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 906-635-1742 Toll Free Phone: 800-635-1742
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