2015 Calendar of Events

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Sean Ley, Shipwreck Society Development Officer, and Bruce Lynn, Executive Director

The Shipwreck Museum Maritime Speaker Series, along with other special events, will continue this summer!  A preliminary calendar of events is listed here; please follow this GLSHS web site for updates and more programs / events to be added.

All events  - with the exception of the June 6 Annual Meeting - will take place at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. Speaker Series events* are free for Society Members, and $5.00 donation for the general public. 

For more information about any of these events, please call the Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Friday: June 5, 2015 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Tragedy and Discovery off the Shipwreck Coast: The Wreck of the Schooner NELSON

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The Schooner Nelson

Tragedy and Discovery off the Shipwreck Coast: The Wreck of the Schooner NELSON presented by Bruce Lynn, Executive Director Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Schooner Nelson…“Foundered in a fierce NW gale some 18 miles WNW of station, about 2:30 p.m., and all hands were drowned with the exception of the master, who was washed ashore upon a piece of the schooner’s cabin, to which he had managed to cling. Those drowned consisted of a crew of seven men and an infant son of the master. The first intimation the life-saving crew had of the disaster was the arrival of Captain Haganey at the station in an exhausted condition. The crew gave him stimulants and dry clothing and cared for him until he fully recovered. The vessel was a total loss.”

Lecture will be held at the Shipwreck Museum complex at Whitefish Point. Hope you can join us for an engaging presenting by Bruce Lynn. The NELSON shipwreck was discovered in 2014 by the Shipwreck Society in Lake Superior near Grand Marias, Michigan.

Saturday: June 6, 2015 at 5pm

2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner

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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and dinner will take place on Saturday, June 6, at the Paradise Community Center in Paradise, Michigan, just 11 miles south from the Shipwreck Museum. The speaker this year will be Jeff Gray, Superintendent of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in northwestern Lake Huron. Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system. Unpredictable weather, murky fog banks, sudden gales, and rocky shoals earned the area the name "Shipwreck Alley." Today, the 4300-square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Fire, ice, collisions, and storms have claimed over 200 vessels in and around Thunder Bay. To date, nearly 100 shipwrecks have been discovered within the sanctuary. Although the sheer number of shipwrecks is impressive, it is the range of vessel types located in the sanctuary that makes the collection nationally significant. From an 1844 side-wheel steamer to a modern 500-foot-long German freighter, the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay represent a microcosm of maritime commerce and travel on the Great Lakes.

The 2015 Annual Meeting and dinner will take place in the Banquet Room of the Paradise Community Center, which overlooks scenic Whitefish Bay. The event will begin at 5:00pm with beverages and Silent Auction, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the Annual Meeting/Speaker at 7:00pm. Many new and exciting things are happening at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum this year, and we will shed light on each project. Please join us this year! In addition, Shipwreck Museum Executive Director Bruce Lynn will present “Tragedy and Discovery off the Shipwreck Coast: The Wreck of the Schooner Nelson” at the Shipwreck Museum on Friday, June 5 at 7pm. GLSHS members will receive free admission to this program.

The cost of the 2015 Annual dinner is $25.00 per person. Special lodging rates for GLSHS members are available at several Paradise Hotels for June 5-6, 2015. Please contact the Shipwreck Society offices (800-635-1742) to reserve your spot for this year’s Annual Meeting and dinner. The 2015 Annual Meeting and dinner admission tickets may also be purchased through our online Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.

 Shipwreck Museum 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner Ticket

Plan your weekend now, and spend a wonderful day at the Shipwreck Museum and see whats new. Explore the shore line of Lake Superior and area walking trails then attend the Annual Members Meeting in the evening, in Paradise.

Click the link below to view special offers from several Paradise Hotels for June 5-6, 2015. Thank you Curley's Paradise Motel (906-492-3445), Freighter's View on the Bay (906-492-3266 ), Magnuson Grand Hotel (906-492-3770), Paradise Inn (906-492-3940) and Tahquamenon Suites Lodging (906-492-3752) for your generous discounts for GLSHS Members this weekend!

GLSHS Discounts for Paradise Hotels

Wednesday: June 24, 2015

Book signing with Vivian DeRusha: Fog Horns Saved Lives Too

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Fog Horns Saved Lives, Too

Foghorns Saved Lives, Too is a wonderful book about Lighthouse living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Written by Vivian DeRusha Quantz, daughter of a Lighthouse Keeper.

"This book was written for my grandchildren. I am the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and there are not many left who lived when the Lighthouse Service was active. This book tells of my life as a child. It is a story of the beauty and dangers of Lake Superior. At a time when lighthouses and foghorns were very important, when the faithfulness of Lighthouse Keepers saved lives and prevented tragedies. It is a story of freedom and adventure, sand dunes in summer and winter, lady slippers and arbutus, skipping rocks and finding agates, of hiking to places yet untouched by civilization. Memories of life lived as a Lighthouse Keeper's daughter." -- Vivian DeRusha Quantz

Vivian will be onsite at the Museum Gift Store available to personally autograph her book.

Books will be available to purchase in the Museum Git Store.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: July 2-5, 2015

Dennis Hale Book Signing

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO UNDFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MR. HALE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AT THE SHIPWRECK MUSEUM. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIANCE. Dennis Hale, author and sole survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell, will be at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store for personal book signings.

Saturday: July 18, 8pm

Lamplight Tour of Whitefish Point

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Featuring guided tours of the Whitefish Point Light Station and visits with historical interpreters representing Lighthouse Keepers, Life-Saving Station Surfmen, Keeper's family members and more! Refreshments provided.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: July 24-26, 2015

Frank Mays Book Signing

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If We Make It 'til Daylight by Frank Mays will be at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store for personal book signings.

"If We Make It 'til Daylight" is the story of Frank Mays, one of only two sailors out of a crew of 35 men, who survived the sinking of the 'Carl D. Bradley,' a 639-foot Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a savage storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.

The year before she broke in two and sank, the 'Bradley' sustained damage when she was in a collision with the 'MV White Rose'. She was in dry dock in Chicago, Illinois for seven days in May 1957 for major repairs to her hull. The 'Bradley' also experienced two groundings while proceeding out of Cedarville, Michigan, one in the spring of 1958 and the other in November 1958. These groundings were not reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.

In late November, 1958, the captain of the 'Carl D. Bradley' was asked by Great Lakes Steel to make one last run of the season, even though she was already headed for her winter layup in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Like the work horse she was, the 'Bradley' turned around to pick up another load of stone from the Port of Calcite in Rogers City, Michigan.

It would be her final run.

Saturday: July 25, 2015 at 7pm

Speaker Series: If We Make It 'til Daylight

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Saturday: July 25, 2015 at 7pm If We Make It 'til Daylight: is the story of Frank Mays, one of only two sailors out of a crew of 35 men, who survived the sinking of the 'Carl D. Bradley,' a 639-foot Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a savage storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.m

Shipwreck Survivor Frank Mays

Friday: August 7, 2015 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard

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Speaker Series: Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard presented by Ross Richardson.

Join author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the newly found shipwrecks of Skillagalee Reef, in Northern Lake Michigan. Discovered in August of 2014, these multiple wreck sites from the 1850s have remained concealed by obscurity and the remoteness of their locale. Richardson researched, discovered and filmed these wrecks completely by himself, using guerilla filming techniques.

Ross Richardson has spent the last decade searching for and documenting shipwrecks off the coast of West Michigan. He has worked with David Trotter, Clive Cussler’s NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) Team and was on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates for nearly a decade. He has also extensively researched the legend, the history and his predecessors’ search efforts to discover Lake Michigan’s treasure ship, the “Westmoreland”.

Ross, a Lake Ann, Michigan resident, is a volunteer librarian at the Almira Township Library, a diver on the Benzie Area Public Safety Dive Team; a Benzie County Sheriff’s Department Special Deputy and served on the board of directors of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (MSRA) for nearly a decade.

Lecture will be held at the Community Center in Paradise, 11 miles south of the Shipwreck Museum. Hope you can join us for an exciting presentation by Ross Richardson.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: September 3-6, 2015

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, author and sole survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell, will be at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store for personal book signings.

Saturday: September 19, 2015 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Shipping on the Great Lakes, a Michigan Story

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Courtesy of www.geo.msu.edu, iron ore & taconite.

John Griebel, Great Lakes maritime historian, will present Shipping on the Great Lakes, a Michigan Story.

Saturday: October 10, 2015

Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light Benefit Race

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Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

The Fifth Annual Whitefish Point Run for the Light. All Proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration of the Whitefish Point Lighthouse.

Click on the link below to download a GLSHS PDF Registration Form. Fill out the form and mail it back to us.

Registration: Register onsite at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store (May through October 9, until 7 p.m.) or online at www.Active.com (March through midnight October 8). Registration forms may be mailed with payment (received by October 8). Race Packets can be picked up Friday, October 9, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 10, from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store. Onsite registration will not be available the day of the race.

Race Fees: 5K: $25, then $30 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

10K: $35, then $40 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

Half Marathon: $45, then $50 after September 25 through October 9, until 7 p.m.

All participants will receive a Whitefish Point: Run for the Light Dri-FIT T-Shirt with Race Packet and receive special admission Group Visit rate of $9 (regularly $13) to the Shipwreck Museum. Awards to top two finishers in each Age Group, Male and Female, in each Race Event (Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk). Awards to overall Top Finishers, Male and Female in each Race Event. Certificate of Finishing. Course: Chip Timing, Flat Paved Roadway. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

Become an official race sponsor and/or volunteer for the 2015 Fifth Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light benefit race, please call 906-635-1742.

The Whitefish Point: Run for the Light benefit race was voted Best Race Event in 2014 by The Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club!

2015 Race Registration

Friday: October 16, 2015

Bob Campbell Book Signing

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Bob Campbell, author of the Classic Ships of the Great Lakes will be at the Shipwreck Museum Gift Store for personal book signings.

Bob Campbell presents an visually stunning array of historical and present-day inland shipping including passenger ships, whaleback, bulk carriers, self-unloaders, cement carriers, oil tankers, car ferries, super ships, and more.

Join Bob Campbell tonight at 7pm for the Shipwreck Museum Speaker Series event.

Friday: October 16, 2015 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Classic Ships of the Great Lakes presented by Bob Campbell

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Bob Campbell presents a visually stunning array of historical and present-day inland shipping including passenger ships, whaleback, bulk carriers, self-unloaders, cement carriers, oil tankers, car ferries, super ships, and more.

Bob Campbell became interested in the ships of the Great Lakes at a very young age. In the early 1950s, vacation trips to visit relatives at Sault Ste. Marie exposed Bob to the long ships passing through the locks. Bob's Uncle Jerry Campbell worked in the recording room at the locks and would always talk about the boats. The rides across the Straits of Mackinac on the old coal-fired steam-driven ferries before the bridge opened also had a lasting effect upon him. As a teenager, Bob would always pick up the Know Your Ships book put out by Tom Manse. Tom helped mold Bob from a boat watcher to a boat photographer. Bob's photographs have appeared in Michigan History Magazine as well as others around the Great Lakes region. Bob has also put together multi-media programs with video as well as still pictures depicting the Great Lakes ships to various marine organizations around the lakes.

Lecture will be held at the Community Center in Paradise, 11 miles south of the Shipwreck Museum. Hope you can join us for this engaging presentation by Bob Campbell.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Whispers of the North - Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band Concert

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Mike Fornes, Guitar and Vocals

The Shipwreck Society is announcing that the noted Whispers of the North - Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band will present a concert on November 9, 2015, in Sault Sainte Marie to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the loss of the steamer Edmund Fitzgerald.  Whispers of the North will appear at the Performing Arts Center of Lake Superior State University.

The exact time, ticket price, and patron arrangements are pending - but make sure you list this date on your calendar!  Watch this web site for further information as details are confirmed.

Sean Ley, Development Officer

Tuesday: November 10, 2015

Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony

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The Edmund Fitzgerald Annual Memorial Ceremony

40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony

Time:  7:00 pm

Location: Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery

On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in an infamous Lake Superior storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men. The Fitzgerald’s story has become a popular legend through a song by Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot – and the cause of her loss remains a mystery forty years later.

The bell of this most famous Great Lakes shipwreck was recovered at the request of surviving family members in 1995 and is now on display as a memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum will offer its annual Memorial Service this year on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery Building.

The public is cordially invited to attend and view a "live feed" televised showing of the ceremony in the US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House and Museum Gift Store. The service includes music, reflections, and a Call to the Last Watch Ceremony during which the bell is tolled 29 times for each crew member, plus a 30th ring to remember all Mariners lost on the Great Lakes. Refreshments will be served immediately following.

The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery, US Navy Radio Building, Motor Lifeboat House, Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, USCG Surf Boathouse, Special Exhibit Gallery and Museum Gift Store will be open on November 10th 2015. The Shipwreck Museum Main Gallery will close at 4pm during set up for the ceremony.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has supported the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for many years through a series of cultural grant programs that are designed to promote appreciation of and education in the Fine Arts in Michigan.  The Shipwreck Museum is a current recipient of a Program for Operational Support Award for 2015.

A portion of funds received from MCACA come from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information on cultural programs from this agency that preserves Michigan's artistic hertiage, please visit  http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/.