Exhibit to mark 120th anniversary of lost schooner

May 21 will mark the 120th anniversary since the Hackley & Hume lumber schooner Thomas Hume, namesake of Muskegon's great lumber baron, disappeared without a trace en route from Chicago to Muskegon. Mariners at the time considered the vessel's loss one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Great Lakes.
May 12, 2011


A new exhibit and documentary film will reveal the final resting place of the schooner and the secrets within its hold. “Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck Thomas Hume” is on display in the City Barn at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site in Muskegon this month. The site is operated by the Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave. in Muskegon.

A documentary film and book will debut on Saturday, May 21. An exhibit opening event will be held at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster Ave., from 3-4:30 p.m. that day.

Participants will then move to the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., for a concert by Great Lakes folksinger and historian Lee Murdock — whose performance is an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the shores of the Great Lakes today.

The concert will be followed by the debut of the film “Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck Thomas Hume” — narrated by the project’s director, author and diver Valerie van Heest; and historian and diver Craig Rich, both of MSRA. Van Heest will also be signing the book she co-authored with historian William Lafferty at the event.

Both events are free; however, because seating is limited, reservations for the concert and film are requested by calling the museum at 231-722-0278.

The exhibit will be on display at the Hackley & Hume Site through the 2011 season and excerpts of the video will be available to view.


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