Sanctuary Lecture Series – The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior’s Shipwreck Coast

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 [...]

By |2019-03-01T14:59:41-04:00November 21st, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior’s Shipwreck Coast

Sanctuary Lecture Series – Lake Nation: People and the Fate of the Great Lakes

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 [...]

By |2019-03-01T13:58:23-04:00September 19th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – Lake Nation: People and the Fate of the Great Lakes

Sanctuary Lecture Series – One of the Guise

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.

By |2019-02-28T15:33:48-04:00June 14th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – One of the Guise

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 [...]

By |2019-03-06T11:04:25-04:00June 10th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series: Sinkholes to Stars: Diving into Lake Huron’s Sinkholes while Reaching for the Heavens

Sanctuary Lecture Series – The Ongoing Quest for the Wreck of the Griffon

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 [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:37:42-04:00May 23rd, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – The Ongoing Quest for the Wreck of the Griffon

Sanctuary Lecture Series – Looking Beneath the Surface: Using Emerging Technology to Explore Great Lakes Sinkholes and Ecosystems

Steve will talk about emerging technologies that have furthered our understanding of Great Lakes ecosystems and are leading to exciting discoveries in Lake Huron sinkholes. presented by: Steve Ruberg, Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

By |2019-02-15T14:43:26-04:00May 9th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – Looking Beneath the Surface: Using Emerging Technology to Explore Great Lakes Sinkholes and Ecosystems

Sanctuary Lecture Series: The Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic

Brad Barr, PhD, NOAA/ONMS Maritime Heritage Program In August 2015, a team of maritime archaeologists from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries traveled to the Arctic to search for 19th Century whaling shipwrecks.  The “Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic” expedition conducted seabed mapping surveys along the [...]

By |2019-03-18T11:41:44-04:00April 4th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series: The Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic

Sanctuary Lecture Series – International Great Lakes Cruising

International interest in Great Lakes cruising in on the rise. Michael Beaulac, Senior Project Administrator for the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will present a short history of Great Lakes passenger ships and what's considered to be the industry's golden age, as well as the recent global cruising industry's growing interest in the Great [...]

By |2019-02-21T16:13:08-04:00March 21st, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – International Great Lakes Cruising

Sanctuary Lecture Series – Addicted to Plastic

Dr. Sherri A. Mason Microplastics The study of plastic pollution started in the worlds’ oceans, most famously focused on what has been called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch.’ Despite a United Nations’ report suggesting that 80% of this oceanic debris came from land, very little research has focused [...]

By |2019-02-15T14:07:21-04:00March 7th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – Addicted to Plastic

Lake Huron’s Tuskegee Airmen

During the middle years of World War II, Michigan was selected as a place for advanced training for African-American Army Air Force units that had graduated from the Tuskegee pilot training program. The relative safety of Midwestern America, along with weather and geographical conditions that approximated what aviators could expect to encounter in Europe, encouraged [...]

By |2018-10-24T18:06:21-04:00October 25th, 2018|, , |Comments Off on Lake Huron’s Tuskegee Airmen