Split Rock Lighthouse Hosts Annual Beacon Lighting Event

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 4, 2021
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, for the Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Hayes Scriven, Split Rock Lighthouse Site Manager, 218-220-6101, hayes.scriven@mnhs.org

Split Rock Lighthouse Hosts Annual Beacon Lighting Event

Join in person or watch via YouTube as the beacon illuminates in memory of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald

WHAT: It was a mighty and fatal gale on Nov. 10, 1975, when the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank along with her 29 crew members. On Nov. 10, 2021, Split Rock Lighthouse will host its annual event, lighting the 1,000-watt beacon in commemoration of her crew, taking time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
11 am – 6 pm CDT
Beacon Lighting 4:30 pm CDT
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors, Minn. 55616

YouTube: Join virtually for the beacon lighting on the Minnesota Historical Society’s YouTube Page. Subscribe and sign up for a notification. Direct link > https://youtu.be/WK8dUckM928

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Costumed interpreters will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can learn more and watch a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. Site visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight or headlamp as the grounds and trails are unlit. 

Included with general admission. Free to MNHS members. 

About Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark, is the place to discover Minnesota’s role in Great Lakes shipping and life on the North Shore. The site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse