Thursday, February 09, 2012

Carnegie Museum to host presentation on Coast Guard Life-Saving Stations Feb. 9

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will host a presentation related to their exhibit, "We Have To Go Out," A History of the U.S. Life-Saving Service of the Keweenaw, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 9.

Local Maritime Historian Mark Rowe and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Schleifer will give the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Museum opens at 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit beginning at 6 p.m.; at 6:30 p.m., Mark Rowe will begin his presentation, "Gold Medal Heroes of the Shipwreck L. C. Waldo," followed by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Schleifer, who will speak about the role of the U.S. Coast Guard today.

Complementary to the museum exhibit "We Have To Go Out," Mark Rowe, chairman of the Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Maritime Committee and curator of the Life-Saving Station Museum in Eagle Harbor, will present a brief history of the Life-Saving Stations that were established in the Keweenaw and the dramatic rescue of the shipwrecked crew of the L.C. Waldo in 1913. Using digitized historical photos, Mark will detail the daring feat that earned both Life-Saving crews Gold Medals for their heroic rescue of the two women, 22 men, and a dog who had been trapped for almost four days in the bow of the ship where it had run aground on the shoals of Gull Rock, near Manitou Island.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Schleifer, who has been at the Portage Station for the last three years, will talk about the responsibilities of today’s life-savers -- the U.S. Coast Guard.

"We Have To Go Out" an exhibit created by members of the Keweenaw County Historical Society's Maritime Committee, includes interpretive displays, objects from the stations and shipwrecks, and seldom seen video, circa 1920s, of U.S. Life-Saving Surfmen practicing their rescue drills.

Other Current Exhibits at the Carnegie Museum are these:

"Remember Me" -- Letters and Photos from WWII Soldiers to a Laurium Barkeep.

"Golden Anniversary of the Portage Lift Bridge" and "Building Bridges," a hands-on look at engineering bridges.

"A Stroll Down Shelden Avenue," the history of the commercial development of Downtown Houghton between 1852 and 1910.

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