There is a very cool exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, if you haven't seen it, Great Lakes Shipwrecks.  And, this Saturday, January 19th, the Museum is presenting “Beneath the Waves: History of Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.” You'll be able to learn about specific Great Lakes maritime disasters highlighted in the Museum's Great Lakes Shipwrecks exhibition with Bill Helmholdt, who will also discuss the model ships on display in the exhibit.
Following the lecture, everyone can join Helmholdt on a special tour of Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories.
Helmholdt's lecture will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the exhibition tour immediately following the presentation. Admission to the lecture is $2. The program will be held in the Meijer Theater.
Bill Helmholdt of Kentwood, will share the history of famous wrecks below the waves of the Great Lakes. Highlights of the lecture include: the history of the "Eastland" disaster of 1915, the car ferry "Milwaukee," "Chicora," the "Edmund Fitzgerald" and more. Helmholdt, who created the ship models in the exhibition, will share fascinating detail about each of them.
The new exhibition, Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories is on display through November, 2013. Here, visitors will learn the stories of human tragedy, heroism, survival and discovery behind a selection of the tens of thousands of vessels that lie wrecked on the bottom of the Great Lakes.