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Maritime Speaker Series
November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
November 2, 2017, 7 pm, Rochelle Pennington will talk about the Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Tree Ship.
ROCHELLE PENNINGTON is an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of ten books including The Christmas Tree Ship, The Historic Christmas Tree Ship (as featured on national television), An Old-Fashioned Christmas (2009 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award nomination for outstanding non-fiction), and more. Her work has been included in several bestselling series including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Pennington resides in Wisconsin with her husband of thirty-four years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren “so far.”
All Aboard! The true account of the Christmas Tree Ship, considered “the most loved story of the Great Lakes” over the past century, has inspired paintings, poems, six different Christmas Tree Ship songs, television programs, a musical titled “The Christmas Schooner,” and a “new” Christmas Tree Ship sailed by the Great Lakes Coast Guard each holiday as a living memorial. “It is a story which exemplifies the best of humanity,” said Pennington, author of two books on the subject. “At its heart we find courage, generosity, heroism, and the importance of family. The moment I first heard about the famed vessel, I understood why it had endeared itself to so many people and was still being shared a hundred years later.” Pennington’s presentation includes original photographs and focuses on little-known facts—clues washed ashore over the decades following the ship’s mysterious disappearance, ghost ship sightings, and omens believed to have fixed the fate of the vessel before it set sail on Nov. 22, 1912. Artifacts raised from the sunken ship will be on display, along with underwater photos of the ship in its current state at the bottom of Lake Michigan.
The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs dealing with everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on it. The programs are held the first Thursday of each month November through March beginning at 7:00 pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
PLEASE NOTE: At the November 2, 2017, program we will be asking for a $5 donation instead of a food donation to defray the cost of our speaker–Rochelle Pennington, an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of ten books. All of the other evening speaker series programs will be free of charge with a non-perishable food donation requested. Thank you!
Thank you to the Bridgeport Resort in Sturgeon Bay for being a sponsor for this event.