Institutional Members

Sponsoring Institutional Members

Bay County Historical Society
321 Washington Avenue – Bay City, MI 48708
Tel. (989) 893-5133 – Web Site: www.bchsmuseum.orgThe Bay County Historical Society manages the Historical Museum of Bay County, on the shores of the Saginaw River in Bay City, Mich. not far from Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The Historical Museum’s Kantzler Maritime Gallery houses the “Bay City … Seaport to the World” exhibit which showcases the region’s maritime heritage including shipbuilders who built the some of the largest wooden ships ever to sail the Great Lakes.

Door County Maritime Museum
120 N. Madison – Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel. (920) 743-5958 – Web Site:
The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society operates three museums in Wisconsin’s scenic Door County including a year-round site in Sturgeon Bay which features displays on lighthouses, shipwrecks, and shipbuilding. Outside is the restored tug, John Purves. The Society also operates seasonal museums at the 1869 Cana Island Lighthouse and the historic commercial fishing port of Gills Rock, Wis.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Detroit Historical Society
5401 Woodward Ave. – Detroit, MI 48202
Tel. (313) 297-8366 – Web Site:
The Dossin Great Lakes Museum offers visitors an historical perspective on life on the Great Lakes and along the Detroit River. Located on historic Belle Isle, the Dossin Museum includes the former pilothouse of a Great Lakes freighter, and the Gothic Room, which as once part of the luxury passenger steamer City of Detroit III which operated during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Great Lakes Historical Society
National Museum of the Great Lakes
S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship
P.O. Box 435 – Vermilion, OH 44089
Tel. (440) 967-3467 or 1-800-893-1485
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Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has one of the world’s largest collections of maritime artifacts, documents, models, and artwork related to the maritime history of the Great Lakes. In addition to the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, the Society’s operations also include the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library, the Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center, and the quarterly history journal Inland Seas®.

Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green State University
Jerome Library, 6th Floor- Bowling Green, OH 43403
Tel. (419) 372-9612
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Part of Bowling Green State University, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes collects and preserves materials related to the history of the Great Lakes region and its connecting waterways; and then make them available to scholars, students, and the public. Its collections include materials related to shipping, shipbuilding, navigation, maritime law, commercial fishing, shipwrecks, yachting, labor history, popular literature, recreation, and maritime history.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
P.O. Box 177- Duluth, MN 55801-0177
Tel. (218) 727-2497
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The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association seeks to preserve the maritime heritage of Lake Superior and the Port of Duluth-Superior by supporting the activities and programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center in Duluth, and the Lake Superior Maritime Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The LSMMA cooperates with both institutions to acquire, preserve and exhibit maritime artifacts, documents, publications, and photographs.

Mackinac State Historic Parks
P.O. Box 873 – Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Tel. (231) 436-4212 – Web Site:
Mackinac State Historic Parks is a family of living history museums and parks in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac region including Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Historic Downtown Mackinac, Michilimackinac State Park, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
55 Ontario St. – Kingston, Ont. K7L 2Y2
Tel. (613) 542-2261 – Web Site:
Located adjacent to an historic dry dock, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes houses the original pumping station and steam engines for the dock which was built in 1891. In addition to an extensive collection of artifacts and works of arts, the museum is also home to the Gordon C. Shaw Study Centre, Audrey Rushbrook Memorial Library, and the museum ship Alexander Henry, a former Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender/icebreaker.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
500 West Fletcher St.- Alpena, MI 49707
Tel. (989) 356-8805 – Web Site:
Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay is one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the Great Lakes. The 200 recorded shipwrecks in its waters have earned the area its nickname of “Shipwreck Alley.” Today, the 448-square-mile National Marine Sanctuary protects one of the Great Lakes region’s best-preserved collections of shipwrecks ranging from an 1844 side wheel steamer to a modern 500-foot-long German freighter.

University of Wisconsin – Superior
Lake Superior Maritime Collections

P.O. Box 2000 – Superior, WI 54880
Tel. (715) 394-8359
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The Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives (LSMCA) seeks to build a high-quality research collection for both professional and avocational historians by identifying, collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials related to the maritime heritage of the communities surrounding Lake Superior and the upper Great Lakes. While the focus is Lake Superior, the collections also contain unique resources for the study of maritime history on the lower Great Lakes and beyond.

Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Marine Room, Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.- Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tel. (414) 286-3074 – Web Site:
The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society is one of the region’s most significant depositories of research materials related to the marine history of the Great Lakes. Affiliated with and housed in the Milwaukee Public Library, the Society is devoted to discovering, collecting, recording and preserving materials related to Great Lakes maritime history. In addition to publications and programs, the Historical Society also maintains a database of Great Lakes vessel information as part of a cooperative effort with the Milwaukee Public Library.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Dr.- Manitowoc, WI 54220
Tel. (920) 684-0218
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Founded in 1970, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the marine heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built there during World War II, the museum is a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. With over 60,000 square feet of space, it houses includes a unique collection of model ships and marine engines, along with the World War II submarine U.S.S. Cobia.

Institutional Members

Algonac-Clay Historical Society and Museum
1240 St. Clair Drive – P.O. Box 228
Algonac, MI 48001
Tel.: (810) 794-9015
Web Site: www.algonac-clay-history.comAllen County Public Library
Genealogy Department – P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, IN   46801-2270
Tel.: (260) 421-1200
Web Site: County George N. Fletcher Public Library
211 N. First Avenue – Alpena, MI   49707
Tel.: (989) 356-6188   Ext. 17
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Click here for Great Lakes Maritime DatabaseAntique Boat Museum
750 Mary St. – Clayton, NY   13624
Tel.: (315) 686-4104
Web Site: www.abm.orgAshtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum
P.O. Box 1546 – Ashtabula, OH   44005-1546
Tel.: (440) 964-6847
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Bayfield Maritime Museum
C/O 317 S. Ninth Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
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Bland Memorial Library
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Rd. – Kings Point, NY   11024
Tel.: (516) 773-5505
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Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
33 Victoria St. N. – P.O. Box 180
Southampton, ON   N0H 2L0
Tel.: (519) 797-2080
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Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Road – Peterborough, ON   K9J 5K4
Tel.: (705) 748-9153 or 1-866-342-2663
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Chicago Maritime Museum
1200 West 35th Street, Ste 0E-5010 – Chicago, IL   60609
Tel.: (773) 376-1982
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Cleveland Underwater Explorers Inc.
1226 Lakeland Ave. – Lakewood, OH   44107
Tel.: (216) 956-2338
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Dunkirk Historic Lighthouse
& Veterans Park Museum

1 Lighthouse Point Dr. – P.O. Box 69
Dunkirk, NY   14048-0069
Tel.: (716) 366-5050
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Erie Quest Marine Heritage Area
38 Erie St. N. – Leamington, ON   N8H 2Z3
Tel.: (519) 326-5761, ext. 236
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Fairport Harbor Historical Society
129 Second St. – Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
Tel. (440) 354-4825
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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
P.O. Box 43 – Northport, MI   49670-0043
Tel.: (231) 386-7195
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Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association
P.O. Box 219 – Mackinaw City, MI   49701-0219
Tel.: (231) 436-5580
Fax: (231) 436-5466
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Great Lakes Naval Museum
610 Farragut Avenue – Great Lakes, IL 60088-2915
Tel.: (847) 688-3154
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Great Lakes Science Center
Steamship William G. Mather Museum
601 Erieside Ave.- Cleveland, OH   44114
Tel.: (216) 694-2000
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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
7348 Symphony St. NE
Fridley, MN   55432
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H. Lee White Marine Museum
P.O. Box 101 – Oswego, NY   13126-0101
Tel.: (315) 342-0480
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Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 812 – 349 E. Main Street
Harbor Springs, MI   49740
Tel.: (231) 526-9771
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Huronia Museum
P.O. Box 638 – Midland, ON   L4R 4P4
Tel.: (705) 526-2844
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Inland Seas Education Association
P.O. Box 218 – Suttons Bay, MI   49682-0218
Tel.: (231) 271-3077
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Le Sault De Ste. Marie Historical Sites, Inc.
501 E. Water St. – Sault Ste. Marie, MI   49783
Tel.: (906) 632-3658 or 1-888-744-7867
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Leelanau Historical Society
203 E. Cedar Street – P.O. Box 246
Leland, MI 49645; tel. (231) 256-7475
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Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
66 Erie Street – Buffalo, NY 14202
Tel.: (716) 849-0914
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Manistee County Historical Society
425 River St. – Manistee, MI   49660
Tel.: (231) 723-5531
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Marine Historical Society Of Detroit, Inc.
606 Laurel Ave. – Port Clinton, OH   43452
Web Site: www.mhsd.orgMaritime Heritage Alliance
13268 S. West Bayshore Dr.
Traverse City, MI   49684
Tel.: (231) 946-2647
Web Site: www.maritimeheritagealliance.orgMaritime Museum Of Sandusky
125 Meigs St. – Sandusky, OH   44870-2834
Tel.: (419) 624-0274
Web Site: www.sanduskymaritime.orgMarquette Maritime Museum
P.O. Box 1096 – 300 Lakeshore Blvd.
Marquette, MI   49855-1096
Tel.: (906) 226-2006
Web Site: www.mqtmaritimemuseum.comMarsh Collection Society
235A Dalhousie St. – Amherstburg, ON   N9V 1W6
Tel.: (519) 736-9191
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Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute
Mercyhurst College
501 East 38th St. – Erie, PA   16546
Tel.: (814) 824-2581
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Michigan City Historical Society
Old Lighthouse Museum
P.O. Box 512
Michigan City, IN     46361-0512
Tel.: (219) 872-6133
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Michigan Lighthouse Alliance
P.O. Box 346 – Acme, MI   49610
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Michigan Shipwreck Research Association
1134 Goodwood Ct. – Holland, MI   49424
Tel.: (616) 738-9233
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Military Heritage Museum
3120 S. Business Drive, Suite 140
Sheboygan, WI   53081
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Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI   53233-2309
Tel. (920) 286-3000
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North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc.
2650 North Wahl Ave.
Milwaukee, WI   53211
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Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Avenue – Columbus, OH 43211-2474
Tel. (614) 297-2350
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Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum
P.O. Box 572 – Port Colborne, ON   L3K 5X8
Tel.: (905) 834-7604
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Rail-Marine Information Group
12107 Mt. Albert Rd. – Ellicott City, MD   21042-1334
Tel.: (410) 531-3207
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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Library – Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH   43420-2796
Tel.: (419) 332-2081
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Saginaw River Marine Historical Society
P.O. Box 2051
Bay City, MI   48707-2051
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Save Ontario Shipwrecks
P.O. Box 2389 – Blenheim, ON   N0P 1A0
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Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012 NMAH-5007/MRC 629
Washington, DC   20013-7012
Tel.: (202) 633-3909
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Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site
Minnesota Historical Society
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd.
Two Harbors, MN   55616
Tel.: (218) 226-6372
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St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre at Lock 3
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
P.O. Box 3012 – St. Catharines, ON   L2R 7C2
Tel.: (905) 984-8880 or 1-800-305-5134
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St. Clair Shores Public Library
22500 Eleven Mile Rd. – St. Clair Shores, MI   48081
Tel.: (586) 771-9020
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Superior Public Museums
SS Meteor
Museum Ship
906 East Second St. – Superior, WI   54880
Tel.: (715) 394-5712
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Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington Ave. – Grand Haven, MI   49417
Tel.: (616) 842-0700
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Underwater Archaeological Society Of Chicago
P.O. Box 11752 – Chicago, IL   60611
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Western Lake Erie Marine Historical Society
C/O Flag Sales & Repair
4849 N. Summit St. – Toledo, OH   43611
Tel.: (419) 726-9571

Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association
P.O. Box 510173 – Milwaukee, WI   203
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The Association for Great Lakes Maritime History is an organization of institutions and individuals from throughout Canada and the U.S. involved in preserving and interpreting the unique maritime history of the Great Lakes region.