Great Lakes2018-10-24T07:46:16-04:00

Maritime Lecture

Metamorphosis: How the Edmund Fitzgerald went from fact to Great Lakes legend

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Everyone welcome!
(Light refreshments provided on-site after the lecture)
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Great Lakes Memorial Service & Tolling of the Bells:

Honoring all sailors who have served on the Great Lakes along with all military personnel who have served in the name of freedom

Sunday, November 11th, 2018
Mariners’ Church of Detroit

Frederick Stonehouse | Academic & Professional Background

Frederick Stonehouse has authored over thirty books on maritime history, many of them focusing on the Great Lakes and contributed to several others. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales are regional best sellers. Wreck Ashore, the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes, won a national publishing award and is the predominant work on the subject. Another book, Haunted Lakes, Great Lakes Maritime Ghost Stories, Superstitions and Sea Serpents, has opened an entirely new genre in Great Lakes study. His book, Final Passage, is the first Great Lakes shipwreck book for children. He has been a consultant for both the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada and has been an “on-air” expert for National Geographic, History Channel and Fox Family, as well as many regional media productions. Awards for contributions to Great Lakes maritime history have been received from Underwater Canada, Our World Underwater, Marquette Maritime Museum and Marquette County Historical Society. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Association For Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation. The Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual making a major contribution over many years to the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history in furtherance of the goals of the Association. In addition he was named the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s “2007 Historian of the Year.” The award is the result of election by past MHSD Historians and recognizes persons who have actively contributed to the study of Great Lakes history. He also received Northern Michigan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. It is given annually to alumni who achieved outstanding accomplishments in their field, made significant contributions to society and demonstrated leadership and civic qualities. In 2016 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary, for services above and beyond to the local and international community. In 2017 the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society presented Fred with the C. Patrick Labadie Special Acknowledgement Award. This recognition is, ”given annually to the individual or organization that has made exceptional contributions to upper Midwest preservation, history or dive community” Fred teaches maritime history at Northern Michigan University and is an active consultant for numerous maritime oriented projects and programs. In April 2000, he began teaching two Internet based courses on Great Lakes maritime history: Great Lakes Lighthouses and Great Lakes Maritime History. This is the first time such instruction has been offered on the web. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.