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Family Program: The Historic Christmas Tree Ship

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Hunter Education Hall, Historical Society, 509 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
$10 members, $20 non-members, Children under 12 FREE

Join author Rochelle Pennington for a presentation on Chicago’s famous Christmas Tree Ship in our new Hunter Education Hall. This family-oriented program will detail one of the most well-known shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Come hear about “Captain Santa” and his yearly voyage down Lake Michigan delivering Christmas trees to Chicago before it was caught in “The Great Storm of 1912” and sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

“It is a story that exemplifies the best of humanity,” said Pennington. “At its heart we find courage, love, generosity, heroism, and the importance of family and tradition.” 

Her multi-visual presentation will focus on the ship’s mysterious disappearance; clues washed ashore in the decades following the vessel’s demise; century-old photographs of Captain Santa Schuenemann, his family, and his ship--and artifacts to share with the audience.

Cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

Note: the book The Christmas Tree Ship is out of print but available via Amazon or Barnes and Noble from third-party sellers.