Events for the 2019 Season

As most of you know, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum hosts a variety of speakers and events each year. In 2019 you’ll note an interesting combination of speakers, larger events and even the opportunity for a kayak tour of the Shipwreck Coast. Kayak tour? Yes, we’ll partner with Birdseye Outfitters of Sault Sainte Marie, MI, to make this expedition a reality. Our traditional events, such as our annual Edmund Fitzgerald memorial program (Nov. 10, 2019) and the Whitefish Point: Run for the Light (October 12, 2019), will take place as they have for years. Our annual visit from Frank Mays, survivor of the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley, will take place on July 12-14. Mr. Mays will sign copies of his book, as well as tell the story of his shipwreck. And Michigan historian Roger P. Hulett, Vice-President of the Great Lakes Lore Museum, will join Frank and will co-present his book, A Lot More to Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays, that same weekend. We’ll feature some exciting new programs too, such as Dianna Higgs Stampfler’s Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses book signing and program on September 5, 2019. Have questions about these events? Please call our administrative offices at 800-635-1742. Come on up to Whitefish Point and join us for any or all of these exciting events/programs!

May 1, 2019

Opening day at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Museum is open daily 10am-6pm through October 31, 2019.

May 13, 2019

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, 2019.


May 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

GLSHS Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner
Whitefish Township Community Center, Paradise

July 12-14, 2019

Frank Mays, Survivor of the Carl D. Bradley
Book-signings all weekend –Public Presentation Friday,4:30 pm
Motor Lifeboat House

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.

In 2019, Frank will be 86 years old, and is presently just as healthy as he was in 1958.

Co-Presenter and Co-Booksigner: Roger Hulett, author of A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays

July 26, 2019

GLSHS/Birdseye Outfitters
Shipwreck Coast Kayak Trek

Join us for an adventurous kayaking trip along Lake Superior’s rugged, yet beautiful Shipwreck Coast. For more information, please call 800-635-1742.

July 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Documentary Viewing- Stand Up for Great Lakes: Lake Superior Crossing
with Corey Adkins, Producer
Motor Lifeboat House

See the complete, award-winning story of these three men who have chosen to paddleboard across each of the five Great Lakes to raise awareness of environmental challenges facing the Great Lakes, and to raise funds for a different non-profit each year. A huge challenge! This adventure took place in July of 2018 with the direct involvement of the Shipwreck Society. TV 9 and 10 Senior Photojournalist Corey Adkins, who is Narrator, will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

August 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Metamorphosis – The Edmund Fitzgerald Sailing from Reality into Legend

Every man Knew” by David Conklin

Join the Shipwreck Society and Great Lakes maritime historian/author Fred Stonehouse, as he reflects on the evolution of story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. 44 years after the wreck the arguments of why the Fitzgerald sank still rage but mostly among historians, engineers and conspiracy theorists. To the general public, the ship has become in a sense bigger than the mere fact of her career and tragic loss. Many recognize the name and that it is a story of “a good ship and crew” lost in a terrible storm but don’t realize it is a true story. How did this transformation happen and how does it fit into Great Lakes maritime history? Join us for this fascinating program as we revisit the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

August 23, 2019

GLSHS/Birdseye Outfitters
Shipwreck Coast Kayak Trek

Join us for an adventurous kayaking trip along Lake Superior’s rugged, yet beautiful Shipwreck Coast. For more information, please call 800-635-1742.

September 5, 2019,  3pm book signing (gift shop)/6:30pm program (Motor Lifeboat House)

Haunted Lighthouses of Michigan with Dianna Higgs Stampfler
Shipwreck Museum Gallery

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses lay claim to haunted happenings. Former keepers like the cigar-smoking Captain Townshend at Seul Choix Point and prankster John Herman at Waugoshance Shoal near Mackinaw City maintain their watch long after death ended their duties. At White River Light Station in Whitehall, Sarah Robinson still keeps a clean and tidy house, and a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse seeks out other children and female companions. Countless spirits remain between Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois in an area well known for its many tragic shipwrecks. Join author and Promote Michigan founder Dianna Stampfler as she recounts the tales from Michigan’s ghostly beacons.

Dianna will also be available for book-signings.

October 12, 2019

9th Annual Whitefish Point: 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. For information, or to register, please visit the Shipwreck Society’s web site at

October 18, 2019 at 6:30pm

The Shipwrecks of Lake Superior’s Southeastern Shores

Join the Shipwreck Society and award winning Great Lakes Maritime historian, author and photographer, Bob Campbell, as he takes us on a trip through the dramatic history of Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Through the years, hundreds of ships came to grief along the 80 mile stretch of shoreline between Whitefish Point and the area of the Grand Marais, Michigan. Using a combination of historic photographs, artwork and contemporary images, Mr. Campbell will highlight some of the most dramatic wrecks while focusing on the human stories of shipwreck and life-saving. Bob Campbell, the 2019 recipient of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s Historian of the Year designation, wrote and illustrated the 2015 book, Classic Ships of the Great Lakes. Some of the most iconic photographs of Great Lakes’ ships are a product of Mr. Campbell’s eye and understanding of light and photographic composition…please consider a trip to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for this exciting event. The program will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019, in the 1923 USCG Motor Lifeboat House at Whitefish Point, starting at 6:30pm. Questions? Call 800-635-1742.

November 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony
44 years of Remembrance
Shipwreck Museum Gallery

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. Those new to this ceremony should plan on arriving early to get a seat, and should be prepared for the respectful, if not emotional, atmosphere we experience every year.




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