Explore Great Lakes Haunts and Shipwrecks with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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Explore "Great Lakes Haunts and Shipwrecks" through a series of videos that cover water sounding, treasure hunting, sunken ships of the Great Lakes, and a reading of the book Sport, Ship Dog of the Great Lakes by author Pamela Cameron.

Kalamazoo resident Pamela Cameron first heard about Sport, a Newfoundland Retriever, when she was reading about the lighthouses of Michigan. Sport was rescued by the United States Lighthouse Service Tender the Hyacinth in 1914 and then lived on the ship for the next twelve years as it delivered supplies to all the lighthouses on Lake Michigan. Sport was a valued companion to the crew and a recognizable mascot of the lake, making friends in every port. Hear the story along with some interesting facts about lighthouses, foghorns, and safety on the lakes.

Discover how sailors measured the lake bottom for safety, a technique called water sounding, and learn how you can try this at home. Explore a variety of shipwrecks that happened in the Great Lakes, along with a possible ghost ship. Discover the names of the ships, what happened, where they were going, and what their cargo was, and learn about their crew. Learn more about marine archaeologists and the technology they use to find shipwrecks and the difference between fresh water and salt water explorations. Also, investigate the artifacts that are found on shipwrecks and how they help tell the whole story. Try your hand at home restoring a copper penny. Enjoy what can happen when you combine literature, research, history, and science.

A limited number of “trick-or-treat” treasure bags filled with crafts, scavenger hunts, games, and science experiments that can be done at home related to the Great Lakes and treasure hunting will be available. Register for curbside pickup of your “trick-or-treat” bag, $5 each, on our website while supplies last.

This fall, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum is offering a series of water-related programs to celebrate Michigan’s Great Lakes and the use of and reliance on our waterways. As the Museum continues "Following the Water," look for a variety of digital offerings sure to provide something for everyone. Follow the Museum on social media, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All programs will be listed at kalamazoomuseum.org.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.

Media Contact Bill McElhone
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Director
269.373.7990 or wgouldmcelh@kvcc.edu

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