Great Lakes Shipwrecks – Chris Gillcrist


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

What actually happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald



Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
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Story topic this week…

Great Lakes Shipwrecks – What actually happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald
When the Edmund Fitzgerald was launched on June 7, 1958, it was the largest lake freighter that had ever sailed and the launch was a spectacle attended by thousands of onlookers. The Fitzgerald continued to make history for 17 years with record breaking cargoes and shocked the nation when it sank with its full crew of 29 men during a storm on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. This tragedy inspired Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Christopher Gillcrist, the Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes will explain the variety of ways that this freighter and this shipwreck had deep ties to the Cleveland community.

Christopher Gillcrist Bio

Christopher Gillcrist is Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. He has a BA and MA in History from John Carroll University and is ABD in Social Policy at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame College of Ohio and Instructor of History at Ursuline College. Prior to his current duties he served as Executive Director of the Lake County Historical Society.

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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