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(Photo: Muskegon; courtesy of DNR, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.) 

Project Information

Indiana is working with the Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group to help better understand our Lake Michigan shipwrecks and citizen interest in them.  Please help us by participating in a brief survey.

Follow the Project's blog, Diving Indiana, or contact Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group through Kira Kaufmann.

During its May 2011 meeting in Angola, Indiana, the LMCMP reported to the Commission regarding plans for the Indiana Lake Michigan Underwater Archaeological Resources Project.

In April 2009, the Lake Michigan Coastal Management Program (“LMCMP”) introduced concepts for the Underwater Archaeology Management Plan to the Advisory Council.  A slide presentation was included.

Scheduled Events

On June 11, 2011, Indiana Dunes State Park commemorated the tragedy of the sinking 100 years ago of the JD Marshall.  Four men died, and the boat remains offshore from the Park pavilion, where the propeller is on display.  The commemoration included a talk by Gene Hasiak of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago.