Public Programs

Public Programs take place at the Heritage Museum unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, July 19, 6:30pm
Just 20 Feet from Safety: The Story of the S.S. Eastland

Ollie Sanders, a Western Electric employee was an eyewitness to the disaster of the S.S. Eastland. Join us as Ollie relives the events, aftermath and ongoing legends that surround the sinking of the “Speed Queen of the Great Lakes” on the Chicago River on July 24, 1915.

Nationally known actor Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal, giving audiences a new, first-person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture. Learn more about the deadliest shipwreck in Great Lakes history through this one-man, interactive presentation for all ages.


Thursday, August 16, 6:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial, “Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service”

Dr. Dial is Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame (and a past Curator at the Heritage Museum). This presentation will explore the stories and lives of female lighthouse keepers in Michigan history. “Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service,” is also a 2018 exhibition at the Heritage Museum, on loan from the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame.


 

Learn more about the full season of St. Joe Lighthouse Tours and other tours around St. Joseph and Benton Harbor that we offer throughout the summer!