Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center lecture series “Fathom That!” is scheduled for August

Published July 25, 2017

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces a lecture series for the month of August at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, Minn.  This lecture series “Fathom That!” will highlight the history of the Duluth parks and shipwrecks and lighthouses near Isle Royale.


What: Lecture series “Fathom That!

Where: Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, lecture hall

         600 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, Minn. 55802

When: August 9, 16 and 23, at 7:00 p.m.


  • Nancy Nelson, co-author of "Duluth's Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years"
  • Thom Holden, retired director Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Director
  • Cmdr. Erin Williams, commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit

Cost: Free 

August 9: Nancy Nelson will present "The Parks of Park Point".  Nancy will reveal the fascinating history of two of Duluth's oldest parks on Park Point.  These parks have been home to Duluth's first life-saving station, an early cemetery, a two-room schoolhouse, and a community club.  Nancy Nelson is co-author of "Duluth's Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years."

August 16: Retired Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Director, Thom Holden presents, "Above and Below; An Overview of Isle Royale's Shipwrecks and Lighthouses".   Thom's love of maritime history is rooted in Isle Royale.  He will share this passion with a glimpse into the history that he loves.

August 23: Cmdr. Erin Williams, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, MSU, Duluth, will present "Coast Guard operations in Western Lake Superior" – a discussion about the U.S. Coast Guard’s role on Lake Superior. MSU Duluth conducts a variety of marine safety and environmental response missions including: vessel inspections; foreign vessel compliance examinations; maritime pollution and security contingency planning and response; marine casualty investigations; waterfront facility inspections; marine event permitting; and fishing vessel safety.

For any questions please call Lynn Rose, public affairs officer at 313-226-4680. 


Lynn Rose
313-300-0662 (cell)

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