Events for the 2018 Season

May 1, 2018

Opening day at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Museum is open daily 10am-6pm through October 31, 2018.

May 14, 2018

Historic Weather Bureau Building Exhibits open, Soo Locks Park, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

The 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, 2018.

May 25-26, 2018

Schooner Days: Book Signing and Program with Chris Winters

Noted Great Lakes Author, Photographer, and Historian Christopher Winters will present his brand-new book Schooner Days at the Shipwreck Museum on Friday and Saturday, with a special public program at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 25. This event is admission free and donations are welcome. Chris is a newly elected board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

June 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Lights, Lenses, and USHLS Technology with Kurt Fosburg

Professional Lampist Kurt Fosburg is well-known to the Shipwreck Society as the individual who restored the Shipwreck Museum’s 2nd Order Fresnel Lens in 2016-2017. This program will focus on the history and science of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, with a special emphasis on the Fresnel lens.

The event will be held at the Shipwreck Museum, and admission is free, donations are welcome.

July, 2018 – Date to be announced

Restored U.S. Coast Guard 36’ Motor Lifeboat CG 36391 Sails to Whitefish Point Harbor

Captain Glen Cathers will be bringing one of the few operating USCG Type TR 36-foot Motor Lifeboats to the Whitefish Point Harbor of Refuge in July, for tours. Please follow this page on our web site for further scheduling information.

July, 2018 – Date to be announced

Stand Up for Great Lakes Paddles to Whitefish Point

Stand Up for Great Lakes feature a heroic group of paddle-boarders who crossed Lake Michigan in 2016 and Lake Huron in 2017. Now, in 2018, they are going to cross Lake Superior from Mamainse Harbor, Ontario, to Whitefish Point, to show their support for the extraordinary value our Great Lakes offer to all of us. The specific date is highly weather dependent; again, please follow this page on our web site for more detailed information. Contributions raised by this challenging event are to be dedicated to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

July 13-15, 2018

Frank Mays, Survivor of the Carl D. Bradley

As the only living survivor of a major Great Lakes Shipwreck, Frank is one of the best friends the Shipwreck Society has ever known. This is a must-see event for everyone! Frank’s story is outlined in his book If We Make It ‘till Daylight which he will happily sign for all visitors. Yet Frank telling his story in person – about his unbelievable experience near Gull Island in Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958 – is unforgettable. Frank will answer questions at his presentation, to be held at 4:30 pm on Friday, July 13, and admission is free, donations are welcome.

August 3-5, 2018

Michigan Lighthouse Festival in Paradise, Michigan

The Michigan Lighthouse Festival will be making the 1861 Whitefish Point Lighthouse one of its highlights during the festival period. For information on registration and programs, please visit

September 14-15, 2018

Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes Book Signing and Program with Bruce Kemp

Bruce Kemp, Great Lakes Historian and Author, will present a program about his new book at the Shipwreck Museum on Saturday, September 15, at 4:00 pm. Admission is free and donations are welcome. He will be available for book signings on Friday, September 14.

October 13, 2018

8th Annual Run for the Light

All proceeds from this annual event, a race, fun run, or walk, benefit ongoing restoration efforts of the 1861 Whitefish Point Lighthouse.

November 10, 2018

Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony

This event is always held on November 10, at 7:00 pm, which is the moment this most famous of Great Lakes shipwrecks was lost in a terrible storm on Lake Superior, just 15 miles from Whitefish Point, in 1975. Part of this year’s ceremony will be dedicated to the late Cheryl Rozman, who was instrumental in the recovery of the ship’s bell for the museum in 1995. Cheryl remained very close to the people of the Shipwreck Society until her passing in 2018.

The ceremony is always charged with respectful emotion and profound feelings. Of note is what Captain Bernie Cooper of the Arthur M. Anderson said to the Shipwreck Society during an interview at his home in Tequesta, Florida, in 1993:

“I often hear people say that the crew of the Fitzgerald were martyrs to the Great Lakes. They are not martyrs at all. They were just a bunch of guys doing their job as well as they could, and they got hurt.”


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