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SCHEDULE - Friday, November 6


11:00 am-12:00 pm         REGISTRATION and CHECK IN BEGINS


In front of Ballroom J 


12:00-12:15 pm                WELCOME and OPENING REMARKS 

Lake Superior Ballroom  Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority            

Ballroom K 


12:15 -1:00 pm                KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Lake Superior Ballroom  Mr. Stephen Brooks

Ballroom K                                  President, Chamber of Marine Commerce 

                                       “Winds of Change: How the Great Lakes became one of the safest shipping corridors in the world


1:15 -2:00 pm                  AFTERNOON SPEAKER

Lake Superior Ballroom  Bruce Lynn

Ballroom J                          Executive Director, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum “Tragedy and Discovery on the Shipwreck Coast:

  The Wreck of the Schooner Nelson”


2:15 -3:00 pm                  TEN NOVEMBER SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Lake Superior Ballroom  Featuring a special preview performance from the Duluth Ballroom J  Playhouse’s production of “Ten November”

                                    Based on the compelling history and tragedy of the Edmund Fitzgerald –


12:00 -5:00 pm                OPEN HOUSE 

Lake Superior Magazine   Lake Superior Magazine Open House Event

                                       Visit the offices of one of Duluth’s oldest and most respected publications.

                                    Refreshments provided. 310 East Superior Street.


3:00 -5:00 pm               AFTERNOON TOUR OPTIONS

OFF SITE                                  Where applicable, please make reservations with the venue in advance.

                                              Tours leave on the hour.


                                                LAKE SUPERIOR MARITIME VISITOR CENTER

                                                Historical Video Showings

                                                Cost - Free

                                                Web site –

                                                Phone - (218) 720-5260                                                   

                                                Address – 600 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55801

                                                Email –


                                                Great Lakes Aquarium

                                                Special behind the scenes tour of the Great Lakes Aquarium

                                                Featuring the new exhibit – “Shipwrecks Alive!”

                                                Cost – Behind the Scenes Tour – Free

                                                $11 per person to visit Aquarium (group rate)

                                                Web site -

                                                Phone - (218) 740-3474                                                   

                                                Address - 353 Harbor Drive in Duluth

                                                Email -


                                                Superior Public Museum

                                                Guided tour of historic Fairlawn Mansion

                                                Cost - $5 admission

                                                Web site -

                                                Phone - - 1-715-394-5712                                                                               

                                                Address - 906 East 2nd Street, Superior, WI

                                                Email -


                                                UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Libary

                                                Featuring new Fitzgerald engineering drawings that we     recently acquired from Fraser Shipyards

                                                Cost - Free

                                                Web site -

                                                Phone - 715-394-8359                                                     

                                                Address - University of Wisconsin-Superior

                                                Belknap and Catlin in Superior, WI (Room 219)

                Email -


6:00 -8:00 pm                  EVENING SPECIAL EVENT

Lake Superior Ballroom  Opening Gala Reception

Ballroom K                                  Sponsored by

                                       Lake Superior Marine Museum Association 

                                       Enjoy and evening of food and fun with

                                       your fellow maritime enthusiasts.     

  Complimentary hor’s doeuvres, beer and champagne punch provided.

                            Featuring the Musical Stylings of

                                       Gerry Ouellette’s – Western Harbor Music


6:30 -7:00 pm                  OPENING CEREMONIES 

Lake Superior Ballroom  Elmer Engman, Gales Founder

Ballroom K                        

                                       Janell Mussman, LSMMA President

                                       Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

                                       “A Year in Review”


                                       Denise Wolvin, LSMVC Director

                                       Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center


                                       Bob Abrahamson

                                       Poem Reading

            Dedication to the Edmund Fitzgerald


SCHEDULE - Saturday, November 7


8:30-9:00 am                   REGISTRATION and CHECK IN OPENS 

Ballroom J

In front of Ballroom J


9:00-9:45 am                   KEYNOTE – OPENING SPEAKER

Lake Superior Ballroom   Fred Stonehouse, Author and Historian

Ballroom J                                  “Metamorphosis – The Edmund Fitzgerald

                                                    Sailing From Reality into Legend”


9:00 am                           SILENT AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS

Lake Superior Ballroom 

Exhibit Hall                         EXHIBIT HALL OPENS


10:00 am -11:00 pm        Rochelle Pennington, Author, Speaker and

Lake Superior Ballroom   Newspaper Columnist

Ballroom J                                  Edmund Fitzgerald”



11:15-12:00 pm                Terry Pepper, Executive Director, Great Lakes

Lake Superior Ballroom  Lighthouse Keepers Association

Ballroom J                                  "Bombed but not forgotten- the amazing story of the       Waugoshance lighthouse"



11:15-12:00 pm                Kevin Huyck,

French river room          National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Across from the Ballroom         "Lake Superior: Energy Storehouse"



12:15 am -1:15 pm          KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKERS


Ballroom K                                  Featuring some of the most pivotal and noted         experts on the tragedy

1:30-2:15 pm                   Ric Mixter, Producer, Lecturer and Author

Lake Superior Ballroom

Ballroom J                                              


1:30-2:15 pm                   Ann Michler Lewis, Author

French river room             “Ship Captains Daughter” 

Across from the Ballroom


2:30-3:15 pm                   Fitzgerald Findings

Lake Superior Ballroom   “What Caused the Loss” Team of Researchers - Ballroom J     Jerry Lawson, Joe Burbul and Tom Drouillard 


2:30-3:15 pm                   Timothy C. McCall, Ph. D.

French river room             Historian, Lecturer and Author of the web site

Across from the Ballroom       S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Online

                                       Edmund Fitzgerald: Past and Present”

3:15 pm                           Silent Auction Ends      SILENT AUCTION CLOSES 

Lake Superior Ballroom           Results will be posted at 4:00 at the LSMMA Booth

Exhibit Hall



3:30-4:15 pm                   Pam Johnson, Daughter of Robert Rafferty,

Lake Superior Ballroom  Cook on board the Edmund Fitzgerald
Ballroom J 


3:30-4:15 pm                   Bob Abrahamson, Author

French river room             “Luck of the Draw The Mataafa Story” 

Across from the Ballroom   



4:30-5:15 pm                   Ken Merryman, Author and Historian

Lake Superior Ballroom  Jerry Eliason, Historian, Shipwreck Expert

Ballroom J                          “The Harriet B Minnesota's Deepest Shipwreck”



4:00 – 5:30 pm                 SILENT AUCTION RESULTS POSTED

Lake Superior Ballroom           PICK UP and PAY FOR ITEMS

Exhibit Hall                         Winner’s numbers will be posted at the LSMMA Booth



5:30 pm                           CRUISE of a LIFETIME DRAWING 

Lake Superior Ballroom           EXHIBIT HALL CLOSES

Exhibit Hall 


11:00 am – 3:00 pm           Boat Tours 

DECC Harbor Side                   Research Vessel Blue Heron

In Lake Superior                        Docked behind the DECC for tours and information.

                                                    Weather permitting.



5:30 – 7:30 pm                      Closing Reception  

Grandmas Restaurant            Grandma’s Saloon and Grill – Canal Park, MN

                                                    Attendees, exhibitors, speakers – come unwind

                                                    and enjoy a chance to discuss the events of the day


7:30 pm                                   Ten November Performance  

Duluth Depot                            Based on the compelling history and tragedy of the        Edmund Fitzgerald –

                                                    Duluth Playhouse Theater at the Depot

                                                    Show your Gales ticket at the door for special discount.                 Gales special rate - $12.00



12:00-1:00 pm                 Jack Borgeson, Son of Thomas Dale Borgeson,

Lake Superior Ballroom  Crew member on board the Edmund Fitzgerald
Ballroom K                                  Featured in the panel discussion only. 


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