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Mastering the Inland Seas presented by Theodore J. Karamanski
How Lighthouses, Navigational Aids, and Harbors Transformed the Great Lakes and America. Deep in the heart of North America lies a vast inland sea. Even today it remains more of a wilderness than the Alaskan bush or arid Death Valley. Yet, that same sea has been integral to the economies of two great nations and the 85 million live on its margins. This illustrated lecture will discuss the controversies, individuals and the infrastructure that shaped the Great Lakes. Lighthouses, harbors, and charts built by the federal government transformed a region and impacted the world.

Jun 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Theodore J. Karamanski, PhD
Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program @Loyola University Chicago
Theodore J. Karamanski has served as a heritage consultant to the National Park Service on numerous occasions in Alaska and across the Midwest region as well as National Geographic, The History Channel, and the Travel Channel. He was an advisor for the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and for the recently proposed St. Croix River National Heritage Area. His public history work has focused on Great Lakes region cultural resource management, environmental history and American Indian rights. He has written histories of Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He is the author of seven books. This lecture is based on his book Mastering the Inland Seas (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020).