LAKE FOREST – Author Rochelle Pennington will tell the story of Chicago’s famous Christmas Tree Ship in the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society’s new Hunter Education Hall on Saturday, December 2.
Pennington’s 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.
In the spirit of tradition, the Great Lakes Coast Guard dedicated the cutter “Mackinaw” as the new Christmas Tree Ship. For the past 17 years the vessel has been sailing from Michigan to Chicago each December, full of trees to give away to needy families in the spirit of Captain Santa. This year Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship will arrive at Navy Pier on Friday, December 1 and will remain anchored there through the weekend.
This is a wonderful lesson in history and present day philanthropy for the whole family to enjoy!
The program begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 2nd in the Hunter Education Hall at 509 East Deerpath. Cookies and Hot Cocoa will be served.
Tickets are $10 for LF-LB Historical Society Members; $20 Non-Members. Children under 12 FREE! Please register at www.lflbhistory.org or call 847.234.5253.
Submitted by Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society.