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Historical Society hosts program on the Edmund Fitzgerald

January 03, 2019
The Manitowoc County Historical Society will hold a Hungry for History Speaker Series program on the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on February 21 at 5:30 pm at the Holiday Inn- Manitowoc (4601 Calumet Avenue). Join bestselling author and speaker Rochelle Pennington to learn more about the “Edmund Fitzgerald,” the largest shipwreck ever to go down on the Great Lakes.
 
No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the “Fitzgerald,” which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of 3-story buildings.
 
Pennington will delve into the history and mystery of the vessel and will explore the opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to determine what led to the demise of the 29-man crew. The massive ore freighter, built and owned by Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., was named after its president, Edmund Fitzgerald, who helped establish the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society. Audience members will be led from the ship’s launch to its final radio broadcasts, and from the “Fitz’s” discovery on Superior’s bottom to the location of the vessel’s artifacts in various museums.

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.
Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or online at ManitowocCountyHistory.org/programs/edmundfitzgerald. The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $30 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.

Additional Hungry for History series programs in 2019 include: Through the Viewfinder: Cornick's Photo Collection on March 28; Manitowoc Murder Mystery on September 19; and The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree on November 7. More information about the speaker series can be found at ManitowocCountyHistory.org/hungry4history/.
 
About the Manitowoc County Historical Society
Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village - a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County's early settlers. 
 
Pinecrest Historical Village began in 1970 with a land donation from the Hugo and Eleanor Vetting family.  The Village has grown to represent a reproduction of a small Wisconsin community during the early 1900s. The buildings form the commercial, social, and political core of a town and they represent several architectural styles of Wisconsin's history. The furnishings, items, and tools in the various buildings used by the Pinecrest Village interpreters are either original pieces or carefully researched reproductions. 

For more information on the Manitowoc County Historical Society, contact the museum at (920) 684-4445 or ManitowocCountyHistory.org. 
 
Contact:
Amy Meyer, Executive Director
(920) 684-4445