Events for the 2017 Season

May 1, 2017

Opening day at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Museum is open daily 10am-6pm through October 31, 2017

May 6, 2017

Eastern Upper Peninsula History Consortium Meeting at Shipwreck Museum.

May 13, 2017

U.S. Weather Bureau Building Opens for Season

weather-stationThe 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 13, 2017.

June 10, 2017

Shipwreck Society Annual Meeting and Dinner

Keeper Robert Carlson and Family at Whitefish Point, 1925

The Carlson Family, ready to travel to the Shipwreck Society’s Annual Dinner, in 1925.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society will host its 39th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner Saturday, June 10, 2017.  This annual membership event will take place at the Whitefish Township Community Center, Paradise, Michigan, beginning at 5 pm. (Membership event, call 800-635-1742 to join Shipwreck Society)

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July 15 & 16, 2017

Frank Mays, Survivor of the Carl D. Bradley


If We Make It ’till Daylight

Frank Mays, survivor of the tragic 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley will sign his book, If We Make It ’till Daylight at the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store, Whitefish Point.

Frank is today the only living survivor of a major Great Lakes Shipwreck and is one of the most fascinating people the Shipwreck Society has ever known.  His life is well-detailed in his book, and he invites questions from visitors.  A genuine survivor in the most literal sense of the word, Frank credits a positive attitude among many things that keep him going.

Saturday, July 15: Book signing at Museum Store, 11 am to 4 pm
Saturday, July 15: Live presentation by Frank at the Motor Lifeboat House, 7 pm
Sunday, July 16: Book signing at Museum Store, 11 am to 4 pm

Donations to Speaker Series events are accepted but not required.  The Shipwreck Society highly recommends this event to all members and all those interested in Great Lakes Shipwrecks.  Please call 800-635-1742 for more information.

September 7-9, 2017

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History conference at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise, MI

Visist the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History website.

October 14, 2017

2015_Race_47th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light– 5K/10K Run/Walk fundraiser to support ongoing historic preservation efforts of Whitefish Point Lighthouse (Shipwreck Museum)

This is a fundraiser for ongoing historic preservation efforts at the historic Whitefish Point Light Station. The Whitefish Point Lighthouse is the oldest fully-commissioned light on Lake Superior, in continuous operation since 1861. View event Poster.

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October 31, 2017

Shipwreck Museum closes for 2017 season.

November 10, 2017

edmund-fitzgeraldAnnual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony, in the Main Gallery of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm, ceremony begins at 7:00 pm.  Admission free to the public.

November 29, 2017

Daniel J. Morrell Memorial 51st Anniversary Memorial Event


Dennis Hale, sole survivor of the November 29, 1966 shipwreck of the Daniel J. Morrell

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will remember the sinking of the 600′ freighter, Daniel J. Morrell, on the evening of Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The event starts 6:30pm and admission is free, location is TBD.

Many of our Shipwreck Museum guests will remember Dennis Hale, whom visited Whitefish Point on numerous occasions through the years and was the sole survivor of the ship’s sinking. Mr. Hale and his fellow Morrell crew-members will be remembered during this special program. Ric Mixter, Great Lakes maritime historian and author will be the keynote speaker for the event.

Please call the GLSHS offices at 800-635-1742 for more information. Please consider joining us for this special event and Happy Thanksgiving!



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