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Great Lakes Ship Wrecks Opens in Grand Rapids Public Museum

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The Great Lakes are so vast, so beautiful, and hold so many mysteries.  There are stories of storms, shipwrecks, and more tails of a few hundred years.

Tens of thousands of vessels lie wrecked on the bottom of the Great Lakes. Some shipwrecks are of natural causes – like storms or rocky shoals – while others are due to human error.

Now, we’ll get a chance to delve into the secrets of the “inland seas” when Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories opens November 10, 2012 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, on the museum’s third floor.

Great Lakes Shipwrecks includes recovered artifacts and personal stories of crews and loved ones on memorable ships such as the SS Milwaukee, Carl D. Bradley and, of course, the Edmund Fitzgerald.
A highlight of the exhibition will be a special interactive component in collaboration with Ferris State University. Local students designed video games that allow visitors of all ages to play the role of Great Lakes captains, crews and lifesaving teams.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum also worked with Grand Valley State University’s Department of Occupational Therapy where students, as part of a project, recommended sensory learning techniques to include in the exhibition plans.
Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Storms and Stories is free with general admission.
A lecture series has been planned to go along with Great Lakes Shipwrecks as well. On November 10, hear from author Valerie van Heest, in her multimedia program titled Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks. The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Meijer Theater, and is free with general admission. A book signing will follow.

For the full schedule of lectures, and complete museum information, please visit, or call 616-456-3977

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