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Celebrate Lake Superior Day and National Lighthouse Day at Split Rock Lighthouse in July and August
Two special days this summer at Split Rock Lighthouse celebrate Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and how it has been a part of Minnesota history for as long as it has been a state. Lake Superior Day is a chance to discover the importance of the lake to Minnesota and National Lighthouse Day commemorates both Split Rock Lighthouse and lighthouses across the nation.
What: Lake Superior Day
When: Sunday, July 21
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students; free for children ages 17 and under and MHS members
In the early 1990s Lake Superior Day was created to highlight the importance of the lake to the environment and economy. Events are taking place in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario; and Split Rock Lighthouse is joining this commemoration. Visitors can participate in special activities and view displays of Lake Superior history and facts.
What: National Lighthouse Day
When: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members
On Aug. 7, 1789, Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In 1989, in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the act, Congress passed a resolution designating August 7 as National Lighthouse Day each year.
In honor of this anniversary visit Split Rock Lighthouse to learn about the importance of lighthouses, both the Split Rock light station and lighthouses across the nation.
About Split Rock Lighthouse
The Minnesota Historical Society site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on U.S. Hwy. 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of life in this remote and spectacular setting. Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building and the restored keeper’s dwelling. The visitor center features an award-winning film, exhibits and a museum store. For more information, call 218-226-6372.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
This summer explore more than 500 museums statewide with the free Minnesota Museums app, brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society. Browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location; create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited and upload favorite museum photos; plus the app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.