MEDIA ALERT: Split Rock Lighthouse Hosts Second Annual Keeper’s View

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 18, 2022
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

MEDIA ALERT: Split Rock Lighthouse Hosts Second Annual Keeper’s View

Learn about the history of the stormy Mataafa Blow of 1905, followed by dinner and beacon lighting; Tickets are limited and available online only.

WHAT: Join us for an evening with the experts on shipwreck mapping, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society. Tours will explore the infamous Mataafa Blow of 1905 that was responsible for the creation of Split Rock Lighthouse. Then, visitors can cap off the "stormy-filled" history evening with a catered meal by Bellisio’s and a beacon lighting to celebrate Split Rock’s 112th anniversary. 

Tickets are limited, and only available online at https://www.mnhs.org/calendar?s=8572. Cost is $35 per person. MNHS Members receive a 20% discount.

WHEN/WHERE:
Sunday, July 31, 2022, 6:30 - 10 pm
Beacon Lighting, 9 pm
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors, Minn., 55616

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: It is estimated that three million shipwrecks exist around the world. In the Great Lakes alone estimates vary from five to eight thousand shipwrecks below the waves. To date there are somewhere between 1,000 and 1,400 discovered wrecks in the Great Lakes. 

For generations, these discoveries were only accessible to divers or through diagrams, pictures, or video. Divers can only visit these wrecks for a limited time and other media has provided a relatively lackluster experience for what is a fascination for so many. What is emerging through newer technology is a rapid increase in the discovery of shipwrecks and documentation that allows you to virtually visit these captivating dive sites.

Jeff LeMoine and Andrew Goodman from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society will present on the evolution of shipwreck documentation and how you can immerse yourself through www.3dshipwrecks.org.

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 State Park on U.S. Highway 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. For more information, visit mnhs.org/splitrock.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org.