Christmas Tree Ship program Dec 13

In the 1900s, holidays in Chicago meant the arrival of The Christmas Tree Ship, which carried hundreds of freshly cut northern evergreens to brighten the streets and homes of the city.

But one year, the Rouse Simmons, a three-masted schooner, sunk in Lake Michigan during the Great Storm of 1912, killing everyone on board. Noted speaker and author Rochelle Pennington will present The Christmas Tree Ship at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Pennington, pictured right, will tell a story of courage, heroism, generosity and the importance of family in a presentation that will include original and historic photographs. She’ll focus on little-known facts, ghost ship sightings and omens believed to have fixed the fate of the vessel. Artifacts raised from the sunken ship will be on display, along with underwater photos of the ship in its current state at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Pennington, of Kewaskum, has had her work published in several bestselling series, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Stories for the Heart. She is author and co-author of 10 books, including The Historic Christmas Tree Ship, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Highlighted in Yellow and Reach for the Stars.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended through the calendar or by calling the library’s Help Desk at (920) 929-7080, ext. 131.


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