2014 Calendar of Events

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 April 4 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, April 4, 2014

GLSHS Annual Meeting and Dinner

Photograph by Chris Winters, main speaker at the 2014 GLSHS Annual Meeting and Dinner.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to announce that its 2014 Annual Meeting and dinner will take place on Friday, April 4, at the Walker Cisler Center on the grounds of Lake Superior State University. LSSU Campus and Parking Map PDFs are available for download. Click on the links below. The speaker this year will be long-time GLSHS board member Chris Winters.

The event, to take place in the Superior Room, will begin at 5:00pm with cocktails, 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!

The cost of the 2014 Annual Dinner is $25.00 per person. Special lodging rates for GLSHS members are available at the Holiday Inn Express (800-632-3999), Ojibway Ramada Plaza Hotel (800-654-2929), Super 8 Hotel (906-632-6000) and the Soo Locks Lodge and Suites (906-635-5000). Simply mention that you are with the Shipwreck Society when setting up your reservation. Please contact the Shipwreck Society offices (800-635-1742) to reserve your spot for this year’s Annual Meeting and dinner. 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner Admission Tickets may also be purchased through our online Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.

LSSU Campus Map

LSSU Parking Map

Friday and Saturday: May 23 and 24

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

An excerpt from Dennis Hale's book: "What the heck am I doing here?" I said out loud to myself. It's a cold wet rainy April morning in 1964 and I'm standing at the foot of Cherry Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. Looking straight ahead of me I see Erie Bay, beyond that is Presque Isle Peninsula and beyond Presque Isle, the open waters of Lake Erie. Off to my right is this rickety old dock where the ancient rusting hull of the Great Lakes steamer Daniel J. Morrell is tied up. I wonder if this piece of crap is sea worthy. Am I putting my life at risk? I don't think so. These lakes have been sailed for years. As true as that is, every once in awhile you hear about one of these big freighters going down. The things you have to do to get a job and support your family! I've been out of work long enough, so I'd better climb aboard and take this one.

Friday: May 23, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Captain Gary W. Schmidt: Real, Honest Sailing on the Great Lakes

Real, Honest Sailing on the Great Lakes

What does it take to maneuver a hefty vessel through the bay of Green Bay up the Fox River to one of the docks? Join Great Lakes Captain Gary W. Schmidt to find out!

Through photographs and stories, Captain Schmidt will take the audience aboard his vessel to discover the details of daily life on a 711-foot Great Lakes freighter, its personnel, and operations.

Friday: June 6, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: Lumber, Lakes and Lighthouses

Calumet, MI Sawmill, 1900

Lumber, Lakes and Lighthouses: Michigan Historian Robert Burg will bring to life the exciting days of the lumber industry and its direct connections to Great Lakes maritime history.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: July 3, 4, and 5

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

Friday: July 18, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: World War II on the Great Lakes

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives

Mike LeButt, Great Lakes maritime historian, will present the pivotal role the Great Lakes played during the second world war as America became the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Saturday, Sunday and Monday: August 30, 31 and September 1

Dennis Hale Book Signing

Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

Friday: September 12, 2014 at 7pm

Speaker Series: The Great War on the Great Lakes

Whitefish Point Light Station

The Great War on the Great Lakes: Bruce Lynn, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, will guide museum guests through the “Great War” on the Lakes. Unexpected happenings, such as French shipwrecks on Lake Superior and German spies at Whitefish Point will be highlighted!

Saturday: October 11, 2014

Fourth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

Fourth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light

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

To register, please click here to be taken to active.com.

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


What: Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk*

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where: Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum**

Time: Foghorn Start at 9 a.m.

Registration: Shipwreck Museum or online at Active.com. Race Packets may be picked up Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7-8 a.m.

Fees: $20, $25 September 28 through Race Day 8 a.m., $15 GLSHS Members

*All participants will receive a Whitefish Point Run for the Light Race Souvenir with Race Packet.

**Course: Chip Timing, Flat Paved Roadway. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

2014 Race Registration

Monday: November 10, 2014

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony

The Edmund Fitzgerald Annual Memorial Ceremony

Annual 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 thirty-five 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 Wednesday, November 10, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum building. Public seating will begin no earlier than 6:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

The public is cordially invited to attend. 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.