Sponsoring Institutional Members
The Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University supports research and teaching in cultural and natural history and serves as a laboratory for students enrolled in the museum studies, public history, and cultural resource management programs at CMU. Our exhibits are open to the public, and we offer tours and classroom activities for teachers and students.
Door County Maritime Museum
120 N. Madison
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel. (920) 743-5958
Web Site: www.dcmm.org
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
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 Great Lakes
S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker
P.O. Box 435 – Vermilion, OH 44089
Tel. (440) 967-3467 or 1-800-893-1485
Web Site: www.inlandseas.org
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®.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
of the Great Lakes
Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green State University
Jerome Library, 6th Floor- Bowling Green, OH 43403
Tel. (419) 372-9612
Web Site: www.bgsu.edu/library/cac/collections/hcgl.html
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.
Marine Museum Association
P.O. Box 177- Duluth, MN 55801-0177
Tel. (218) 727-2497
Web Site: www.lsmma.com
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.
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
217 South Lakeshore Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
Tel: (231) 843-4808
Web Site: https://ludingtonmaritimemuseum.org/
The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum brings history to life with engaging interactive exhibits that entertain, enlighten, and inspire a deeper appreciation for the region’s maritime history. Located in a former U.S. Coast Guard Station, this family-friendly, three-story museum overlooking Lake Michigan tells stories related to the port, including fishing, lighthouses, historic car ferries, and the U.S. Life Saving Service. The museum is operated by the Mason County Historical Society, which also operates Historic White Pine Village.
Mackinac State Historic Parks
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Tel. (231) 436-4212
Web Site: www.mackinacparks.com
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.
of the Great Lakes at Kingston
53 Yonge Street, Unit 4
Kingston, Ontario K7M 6G4
Tel. (613) 542-2261
Web Site: www.marmuseum.ca
The Marine Museum is located at
National Marine Sanctuary
500 West Fletcher St.
Alpena, MI 49707
Tel. (989) 356-8805
Web Site: www.thunderbay.noaa.gov
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
Web Site: https://library.uwsuper.edu/specialcollections
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.
Marine Historical Society
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tel. (414) 286-3074
Web Site: www.wmhs.org
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
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.
Society and Museum
1240 St. Clair Drive
P.O. Box 228
Algonac, MI 48001
Tel.: (810) 794-9015
Web Site: www.algonac-clay-history.com
Allen County Public Library
Antique Boat Museum
Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum
Bayfield Maritime Museum
Bland Memorial Library
Canadian Canoe Museum
Chicago Maritime Museum
Dunkirk Historic Lighthouse
Erie Quest Marine Heritage Area
Fairport Harbor Historical Society
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Great Lakes Lighthouse
Great Lakes Naval Museum
Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
H. Lee White Marine Museum
Harbor Springs Area
Inland Seas Education Association
Le Sault De Ste. Marie
Leelanau Historical Society
Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society
Manistee County Historical Society
Society Of Detroit, Inc.
435 Strouse Lane
Sandusky, OH 44870
Web Site: www.mhsd.org
Maritime Heritage Alliance
Maritime Museum Of Sandusky
Marquette Maritime Museum
Marsh Collection Society
Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute
Michigan City Historical Society
Michigan Lighthouse Alliance
North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc.
Ohio History Connection
Rail-Marine Information Group
Rutherford B. Hayes
Save Ontario Shipwrecks
Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site
St. Catharines Museum
St. Clair Shores Public Library
Superior Public Museums
Tri-Cities Historical Museum
Western Lake Erie Marine