Tour of the Stone House in Lexington, MI.

Stone House, Lexington, MI

The Stone House, built in 1930 in Lexington, is an amazing piece of Michigan’s architectural history and heritage. Created using stones and sand from the shores of Lake Huron, it showcases the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and hard work that earlier residents displayed to help make this area what it is today.

Currently a weekly rental for tourists, this picturesque home is just two blocks from the very shores it was built from. Stone house is open to the general public just one day a year, the Saturday before mother’s Day, for tours and photo opportunities.

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Easter egg hunt at the Port Huron Museum

The Easter program and egg hunt at the Port Huron museum was a lot of fun for all. From the history of some of our Easter traditions to basket making and egg dying with natural dyes; everyone involved had a great time.

Shipping Season is Officially Underway!

The Munson, second ship to traverse the Soo Locks after the 2012 opening.

The Soo Locks opened at noon on Saturday, March 24, instead or 12:01 am Sunday morning, due to request made by the shipping industry. An unusually warm winter made for minimal to non-existent ice conditions which allows the ships to maneuver throughout the Great Lakes earlier than normal.

That means, all you boat lovers out there, that SHIPPING SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN on the Great Lakes. We will begin to see those behemoth freighters gracing our horizons and, for some of us, our veritable front doorsteps. I know I am excited, so I am sure you are, too.

Winter lay-up across the water in Sarnia.

I have had a collection of freighters to view throughout the winter months, unfortunately, they have been the same ones, parked in the same spots, for the past several months. I am ready for new sights, freighters on the move, bow waves, and the sounds of those beloved salutes! Blessings on the men and women who sail these Great Lakes and may you have a safe and prosperous 2012 shipping season!

The 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market will soon be here

Kaye E. Barker heading downbound.

Saturday, June 9, from 9am to 3 pm is the 31st Annual Great Lakes Maritime Market at the Riverview Plaza in St Clair, MI; located just across the street from the scenic boardwalk  in downtown St Clair.

Sponsored by the Lake Huron Lore Marine Historical Society, this years event promises to be a gala affair.

Little boat sizing up the big boat

With more than 40 vendors offering various items that relate specifically to shipping and the shipping industry in this region, there is bound to something to please the boatnerd in anyone. From artifacts, books, and photographs to advertising memorabilia, shipwreck collectibles, and artwork this event covers a great expanse of Great Lakes Maritime history.

This market is held only once a

Big job for a little tug

year and is one of only a few of its kind held throughout the country. This is a rare opportunity to find that photo, artifact, or other collectible from the impressive Great Lakes shipping industry that you have been looking for.

CSL Assiniboine coated in ice

The sponsor, Lake Huron Lore, was organized in 1963 to further the collection and preservation of maritime history in our region for the benefit of future generations. It has numerous activities throughout the year for its members, as well as the public, to further their understanding and enjoyment of this subject. The Marine Gallery at the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History is the repository of its extensive artifact collection. Its

Miedwie downbound - Port of Registery - Nassau, Bahamas

newsletter and journal, The Lightship, is published six times a year.

For more information, or to reserve a table to display for sale your own collection, contact Lake Huron Lore at (586)725-6276 or by email at micheldr2005@yahoo.com.

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This is my view, my perspective, on America’s vast assortment of offerings, written to those who have been blessed with the desire to observe this great land through observations of others, as well as through their own experiences.

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