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Michigan Humanities Council

Michigan Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering intellectual and cultural life in Michigan communities. The Council was founded in 1974 as the state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In carrying out its mission, the Council encourages and supports, through advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, a variety of activities which bring humanities scholars and the public together to examine culture. Moving forward, the Council will:

•award grants for public humanities and cultural programs;
•conduct public humanities and cultural projects of statewide importance;
•initiate collaborations and partnerships to broaden and strengthen the organizational and institutional  base for the humanities in Michigan; and
•provide the humanities with leadership and a public voice in Michigan.

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

One of the most prominent umbrella organizations for Maritime Museums and Historical Societies around the Great Lakes region. Visit this web site to find out what is happening in the maritime museum community.


Michigan Maritime Museum

Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes at one of Michigan’s most distinguished institutions of maritime research, preservation, and education. Open year-round. Groups and schools tours available. Located in South Haven, Michigan, this museum also offers passenger sailing trips, dockside boardings, and charters aboard the replica 19th Century Sloop Friends Good Will, available seasonally.

Bowling Green State University Great Lakes Maritime Database

The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL) at Bowling Green State University, is a division of University Libraries. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make available to scholars, students, and the public, historical materials documenting the Great Lakes region and connecting waterways. The HCGL’s collections include materials related to commercial shipping, shipbuilding, navigation, maritime law, commercial fishing, shipwrecks, yachting, labor history, popular literature, freshwater ecology, recreation, and the history of Great Lakes ports. The online vessel database has over 130,000 images to research and view. Pictured at right is the 1874 Schooner “Michigan.”


Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mackinac State Historic Parks is a family of living history museums and nature parks in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac that are operated by the State of Michigan.  Its sites—which are accredited by the American Association of Museums—include Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, and Historic Downtown on Mackinac Island, and Michilimackinac State Park, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.  Combined attendance is 1.2 million people each year. The living history sites are open daily from early May to early October. The natural history sites are open year round.


Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

Since 1921, the Detroit Historical Society has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. The exhibits tell more than 300 years of the region’s rich maritime history, from the shipping fleets that rule the waterways to the varied roles that the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have played in our region’s industrial and social history.



Michigan Lighthouse Guide

This exciting endeaver has captured the attention of Lighthouse enthuasists and adventuresome visitors to the Great Lakes State. There’s something truly mysterious and magical about these historic Beacons of Light that leave you enchanted and inspired. We currently print 50,000 Michigan Lighthouse Guides annually. This very popular guide is available at Michigan Welcome Centers and at our Advertiser Link locations. Our unique group of Advertisers make the publication possible and offer you a wide selection of products and memorable experiences.


Great Lakes Lightkeepers Association

Learn how you can visit offshore lights and volunteer for this extraordinary organization, dedicated to preservation of Michigan’s historic lighthouses. GLLKA works to support lighthouse groups throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation. GLLKA members serve on the Boards of both the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee and the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance and numerous other lighthouse preservation groups.

GLLKA’s signature work is seen in the restoration of the St. Helena Island Light Station in northern Lake Michigan, photo at right.

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn


Sand Hills Lighthouse

Newly renovated as a bed and breakfast on the magnificent Keweenaw Peninsula, Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn now welcomes you to a memorable experience. Furnished in Victorian charm, this historic building summons you with an original lens and nautical lighthouse artifacts, as well as many antiques, oil paintings and photographs.

Sand Hills Lighthouse, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is the largest and last manned lighthouse built on the great lakes. Built in 1917 to house three lightkeepers and their families, it remained active until 1939. At that time, the Coast Guard took over and automated the station, and 200 men lived there when the grounds were used as a training site during World War II. The property then stood vacant until it was sold in 1958 by government auction. In 1961, Bill Frabotta purchased Sand Hills Lighthouse and the entire station.


Jacobsville Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

Here is an opportunity to stay at the newest Lighthouse B&B on Lake Superior, Located in a quiet remote location. A place to relax, unwind and forget about the hectic world outside. There is no TV or telephone in the rooms to cause distraction or disturbance. Tour 1888 Church and Jacobsville School, Go on boat ride. Books and magazines are available. We have a quiet time from 10:00 P:M till 6:00 A:M. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate are available. If you are lucky you may see one of the bald eagles swoop by from one of the 2 local nests.


Public Information

The Shipwreck Society is a Michigan non-profit corporation that has a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. The Society receives Operational Support funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. This funding comprises about 2% of the Society’s operational budget. In 2014, no other operational support was received from any other governmental source.

The Shipwreck Society invites the public to example the following documentation that relates to sources of funding and land ownership at Whitefish Point.

For any questions about any of these documents, please contact Sean Ley, Development Officer of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society at 906-635-1742.


IRS Form 990 for 2013

IRS Form 990 for 2013

IRS Form 990 for 2012

IRS Form 990 for 2012

Cultural Data Project Funder Report for 2014

Cultural Data Project Report for 2014

Cultural Data Project Funder Report for 2013


Cultural Data Project Funder Report for 2012

Cultural Data Project Funder Report for 2012

Human Use and Natural Resource Management Plan for Whitefish Point

Human Use and Natural Resource Managment Plan for Whitefish Point

First Amendment to Human Use Plan

First Amendment to Human Use Plan

Second Amendment to Human Use Plan

Second Amendment to Human Use Plan

112th Congress – S. 404 – Shipwreck Society Land Patent Amendment

Shipwreck Society Patent Amendment, 2012

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