“Offshore Outposts” with Ric Mixter
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Join us to welcome documentary filmmaker and historian Ric Mixter to Harbor Springs on Friday, October 1. Mixter will present a lecture entitled “Offshore Outposts” beginning at 7:00 pm at the Holy Childhood Community Hall. Tickets are $25 each or $15 when bundled with a tour of the Little Traverse Lighthouse.
Register below or call 231-526-9771.
Michigan is home to over 120 lighthouses, marking harbors and guiding ships around underwater obstructions. These beacons are located everywhere ships travel, meaning many of them are in the middle of the Great Lakes, including the most remote lighthouse in the United States, Stannard Rock. It was here that an explosion ripped through a machinery building, killing the chief keeper and wounding a young electrician performing maintenance that day.
In an exclusive interview, Ric Mixter shares an eyewitness account from the man who was wounded in the explosion and his story of awaiting rescue on the deck with two other men. Ric will also share information about scientific missions taking place at these remote outposts, including Spectacle Reef in the Straits of Mackinac. His presentation is a must for lighthouse fans and anyone interested in how men survived working at these desolate stations.
Ric Mixter is a documentary filmmaker and historian as well as a former president of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Millions of television viewers recognize Ric as a shipwreck researcher, diving over 100 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels.
Ric Mixter at Spectacle Reef Light Station
Holy Childhood Community Hall
150 W Main Street
Harbor Springs, Michigan, 49740