Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Portage Library to host Isle Royale presentation on shipwrecks Apr. 21

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host the final event for the season in its "Discover Isle Royale" series of monthly programs that are sponsored by the Isle Royale Institute and Isle Royale National Park.

On Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Liz Valencia will present "Under the Inland Sea: Exploring Isle Royale’s Submerged Cultural Resources." She invites participants to "jump" into Lake Superior with her to explore the incredible collection of shipwrecks around Isle Royale. These wrecks have been called one of the most intact and significant collections of shipwrecks in North America.

Valencia has spent 20 summers working on Isle Royale -- first as a volunteer, then as cultural resources manager and park historian, and currently as Chief of the Interpretation and Cultural Resources Division. A member of the park dive team for eight years, she has had many experiences exploring Isle Royale’s underwater realm.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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