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History Happy Hour: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


Say "Cheers" and Support Local History! Join us for food, drinks, & historical programs.

Speaker: Steve Ackerman, UW Emeritus Professor
Program: "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: The Ship, the Storm, and the Song"
Location: Iguana Wana Mexican Grill

SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. The exact cause of the sinking remains unknown, though many books, studies, and expeditions have examined it. Professor Steve Ackerman will discuss this disaster, one of the best-known in the history of Great Lakes shipping, and examine how it related to weather conditions at the time, as well as the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

5:00PM - Doors open
5:30PM - Buffet Dinner
6:00PM - Program Begins

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Kate Bennett at (262) 577-5115 or