Split Rock: Minnesota’s Lighthouse on the Inland Sea will be presented by Lee Radzak at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) on Tuesday, July 17, from 7 - 8pm.
Lighthouses have been called “America’s castles”. They come in all shapes and sizes and are located in some of the most challenging shoreline locations in the country. Lee Radzak will discuss the reasons behind, and the challenges of, the construction of Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the country’s most picturesque lighthouses located high on a cliff on the north shore of Lake Superior. Radzak will also talk about the storms of Lake Superior and the wide variety in lighthouse types on the Great Lakes and beyond. Radzak is the manager and the modern-day keeper at Split Rock Lighthouse and has worked for the Minnesota Historical Society since 1976. He started his career as an archaeologist working on state park master plans and on the Minnesota Statewide Archaeological Survey. His current responsibilities include the preservation and interpretation of the Minnesota state historic site.
The lecture is designed to complement the exhibition Lighthouses and Legends, which is currently on display at the MMAM. Also of note is that prior to the program, the Museum will be hosting one of its casual Mississippi Sippin’ events, so people can enjoy food and drink on the Museum’s riverfront before the program begins promptly at 7pm. This adult program is free thanks to the generous support of the Ernest and Sally Micek family in memory of W.B. “Bill” Gautsch.
For specific information about upcoming Museum exhibitions, events, and programs visit www.minnesotamarineart.org. There is always something new to experience at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, a nonprofit visual art center supported by over 1,000 members, donors, granters and sponsors from across the greater region. It is located at 800 Riverview Drive, surrounded by gardens on the Mississippi River in Winona. Gallery and Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10am – 5pm.