‘A Most Outlandish Place’ presented
MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents “A Most Outlandish Place: The Wreck of the J. S. Seaverns” from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.
In the spring of 1884, the small wooden steamer J. S. Seaverns called at the remote Lake Superior port of Michipicoten Harbor, carrying much-needed supplies and provisions for the workers building the Canadian Pacific Railroad along the North Shore. Striking a rock while leaving the dock, the vessel filled and sank with no lives lost. After unsuccessful attempts to locate and salvage the Seaverns, the boat was forgotten for more than a century. Discovered in the summer of 2016, the wreck lies beautifully preserved in the cold, clear depths of Lake Superior. In his presentation, Dan Fountain will tell of the history, the sinking, the crew’s stories, and the search for the Seaverns, utilizing historical photos and new underwater video.
Fountain is a diver and maritime historian with an avid interest in the rich and colorful history of the early Great Lakes shipping industry. He grew up in Ishpeming and spent his summers on the shores of Lake Superior. His first shipwreck “dive” took place at age 8 — holding his breath and swimming down six feet to explore the scattered wreckage of the schooner George Sherman at Shot Point near the family camp.
For more than three decades, Fountain has been diving, researching and searching for the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. He is the author of “Michigan Gold and Silver: Mining in the Upper Peninsula,” is co-author with Frederick Stonehouse of “Dangerous Coast: Shipwrecks of the Pictured Rocks,” and has written for Michigan History Magazine and Rocks and Minerals. He has also served as a guest lecturer aboard Great Lakes cruise ships.
The suggested donation is $5. For more info, visit marquettehistory.org or call 906-226-3571.
Business After Hours Wednesday
MARQUETTE — On Wednesday, the Lake Superior Community Partnership will be hosting a Business After Hours to wrap-up its year-long 20th anniversary celebration.
The event will take place from 5-7p.m. at the LSCP office, located at 501 S. Front St. in Marquette. There is no cost to attend.
Attendees can enjoy networking, an open bar, catering from Cafe Bodega and enter to win prizes The LSCP encourages all partners and non-partners, former board members and former employees to attend.
For more information on the Lake Superior Community Partnership visit its website at www.marquette.org.
Community meal held in Gwinn
GWINN — All are welcome to partake in the free Table of Grace community meal at Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
On the menu is chicken casserole. Take outs will be available. The handicap accessible church is located at 558 W. M-35, Gwinn.
For more information, call 346-3156.
Northern Vegans casual dinner
MARQUETTE — The public is invited to join Northern Vegans for a casual dinner at Cafe Bodega at 517 N. Third St in Marquette at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Order a vegan dinner off the menu. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Visit www.northernvegans.com, Northern Vegans on Facebook, or call 236-1279 for more information.
Friends of library meets Thursday
ISHPEMING — The Friends of the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Leverton Community Room on the lower level of the library.
The group will be finalizing details for a Holiday Open House and book sale to be held on Dec. 8.
All who are interested in supporting the library and its programs are encouraged to join the group. Meetings are held monthly for eight months of the year, with breaks for midsummer and midwinter.
The FOL is a group of citizens committed to the library and the services it provides. They have been supporting the library in a variety of ways for 39 years.
The Friends help focus public attention on the library and promote public and private support for the library. The Friends offer volunteer opportunities and raise funds through book sales and sales of historic calendars and notecards, annual recipe books, and other items from time to time. They also sponsor lyceums and other events several times a year and publish a newsletter four times annually.
The Friends are eager to welcome new members who share their love of books, reading, and libraries.
Interfaith meeting to be held
MARQUETTE — Anyone interested in joining people with similar interests in interfaith contemplative practices can meet together from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Peter White Public Library.
This meeting is geared toward developing an all encompassing community group devoted to contemplative and compassionate practices. Agenda includes possible development of a center or hub for developing an all inclusive community and eventually possibly a center.
For more information, call 906-225-1776.