By Tim Kowols
One of Kewaunee County’s most famous residents will be featured in a presentation this weekend in Kewaunee. Sponsored by the Kewaunee County Historical Society, author Rochelle Pennington will speak about Algoma native Captain Herman Schuenemann and his Christmas Tree ship. For years, Captain Schunemann would harvest trees from Upper Michigan and deliver them to communities along the Lake Michigan coastline until a massive storm claimed his vessel and his life in 1912. Pennington says Kewaunee County residents are familiar with the story and the capabilities the lake has for anyone traveling on its waters.
The shipwreck site, located near Two Rivers, would be included in the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary which Kewaunee County is petitioning the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be included. The presentation will take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Kewaunee County Historical Society’s History Center.