Annual Appeal 2020

Posted on December 11th, 2020

The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Appeal has begun!

The Annual Appeal is intended to focus on Operational Funding; but, we offer you the opportunity to designate your donation for a present specific project as well. Our list of project needs has been adjusted based on what has happened during 2020 and is shown later in this post.

Fortunately, the summer of 2020 clearly demonstrated the important role the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum plays in the cultural health of Michigan’s citizens. We had a remarkably positive response when we opened the museum on June 15, which remained vibrant until we closed on October 15. Many visitors told us that they were thrilled that the museum was open while so many other venues had been closed due to the pandemic. Leaving their homes for a visit to the Whitefish Point Light Station in the Upper Peninsula meant a lot to our audience.

Keeping the museum open still requires charitable contributions. Our donors from our Annual and Summer Appeals should feel proud that their funds worked to help our 2020 visitors in a very direct way that should not be underestimated. We sincerely thank our donors.

Specific projects for 2021 are:

1861 Lighthouse Keepers Quarters Roof Replacement
2nd Assistant Keepers Quarters Reconstruction
Motor Lifeboat Completion and Installation
Underwater Research Activities
Development of Future Museum Exhibits and Educational Outreach

To make a contribution to this effort, please visit our online donation page.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has become one of the most popular cultural attractions in the Upper Peninsula. And, we just learned that we have been awarded an Operational Support Grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for the coming 2021 museum season.

Please feel free to contact Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742 with any questions. We always welcome your comments. Best wishes for an enjoyable New Year!

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