Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference

Date: October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017
Location: Fishtown, Leland, Mich.
Contact: Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant Extension (, 989-354-9885)

poster describing conferenceThe Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference is a great networking opportunity to gain information, resources, and new ideas about how fisheries heritage can help promote education and tourism. Fishtown Preservation Society in collaboration with Michigan Sea GrantMichigan State University Extension, and other partners of the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage network are hosting the annual conference Oct. 12-13, 2017 at Fishtown in Leland, Mich. 

This year’s conference explores online opportunities to share local fisheries heritage in statewide contexts. Participants will explore opportunities to better use internet technology to archive, share and connect the work in their local communities, museums, and libraries with others across the state.

This two-day conference will offer:

  • Conference kick-off and networking reception begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 12, 2017, with a picnic luncheon (provided) and guided tours of Fishtown’s fisheries heritage educational exhibits.
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium business meeting (open to all interested) will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 12, 2017, at the Leland Township Munnecke Room 10. Participate in planning and projects of this statewide network of organizations collaborating with a common interest in protecting and promoting our Great Lakes fisheries heritage.
  • Conference educational sessions begin 9 a.m. Oct 13, 2017, at the Leland Township Munnecke Room 10. Learn from panel presenters, and share your own ideas and experiences that can help bring fisheries heritage stories to life.

Learn more and register online today

Visit the conference website to register online. This educational program is open to all those interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship. Please register by Oct. 5.

Registration is $40 ($20 for students) and includes picnic lunch and guided tours at Fishtown on Oct. 12; and participation in educational conference sessions with lunch on Oct. 13. There is no cost to attend the business meeting on Oct. 12. 

For additional information about this educational program contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant Extension (, 989-354-9885).

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