Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! November 22, 1912: The schooner Rouse Simmons departs upper Michigan ferrying 5,000 Christmas trees to Chicago. The ship disappears, and for 60 years there’s no trace of it. In 1971 a scuba diver discovers the legendary, lost “Christmas Tree Ship.” (2013, 50 minutes, no rating) [...]
The desolate Lake Superior shoreline between Whitefish Point in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula and the area of Grand Marais, MI, is littered with a multitude of shipwrecks. Some occurred as early as the 1816 wreck of the schooner Invincible, while newer, larger wrecks are deep within the shipping lanes. The 729' SS Edmund Fitzgerald is [...]
Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! Narrated by maritime author Frederick Stonehouse, this documentary film explores Great Lakes lighthouse hauntings at Whitefish Point, Big Bay Point, Old Presque Isle, and Seul Choix Point! (1999 & 2003 film by Don Hermanson, 60 minutes, no rating) Free and open to the public.
Adventure enthusiasts Gary and Ely Irving are back with a new season, highlighting four locations in Northern Michigan that are a must to check off on your outdoor sports bucket list. From snorkeling 19th-century shipwrecks to cross-country skiing in the dead of winter, these trips take you through the four seasons of Michigan and give you a guided [...]
The more than 35 million people who live among the Great Lakes overwhelmingly profess devotion to these waters — yet the Lakes are in mediocre condition at best. Why the gap? Dave Dempsey will discuss his findings for his most recent book, Lake Nation: People and the Fate of the Great Lakes, in which he [...]
Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! Lake Huron, one of the five parts comprising the Great Lakes, has been hit with numerous exotic species invasions over the last century. Each invasion changes the ecosystem in ways we can’t predict. Fish populations have collapsed, the entire food web completely altered, and a [...]
Big Brownie: The O’fish’al Story follows the forty year run of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, the country’s longest running blue water festival. The documentary explores the obstacles the festival, the fishermen, and the community overcome to keep a festival running whose namesake is on the brink of extinction.
Please join Historian Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial as she shares her discoveries of women who dressed as men to serve the British and American militaries. She dispels myths and shares the tremendous labor it took to conceal their identities as well as work among men completely undetected.
Sanctuary Lecture Series: Sinkholes to Stars: Diving into Lake Huron’s Sinkholes while Reaching for the Heavens
Professor Bopi Biddanda is an aquatic microbial ecologist studying the movement of carbon driven by microbes at the Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University. He grew up in the lush subtropical mountains of SW India, and came to the US in the 1980’s to obtain a Ph.D. in Ecology from [...]
Dean L. Anderson In September of 1679, LaSalle’s vessel the Griffon went missing with a cargo of furs after setting sail from Green Bay in western Lake Michigan. The wreck of the Griffon is perhaps the most sought-after shipwreck in the Great Lakes. Many claims of discovery have been made [...]