Michigan Maritime Museum and South Haven Memorial Library Partner for Christmas at the Keeper’s House

Join the Michigan Maritime Museum and the South Haven Memorial Library for a family event Saturday, December 15th. From 10am to 11am the Library will be offering a holiday craft activity. From 12pm to 3pm at the historic Keeper’s House there will be children’s book readings about the Christmas Tree Ship on the top of each hour. Hot cocoa, Christmas tree cookies, sledding, and a little nautical holiday shopping will be provided.

Participate with your children and grandchildren in a free take-home craft activity inspired by the holiday season provided by the South Haven Memorial Library.  After your craft project, head over to the Keeper’s House at 91 Michigan Avenue and snuggle up with hot chocolate and a cookie while listening to the heartfelt story of “Captain Santa.” The Rouse Simmons, the real Christmas Tree Ship, delivered Christmas trees to the poor in Chicago every year until its sinking in 1912. Hear the story of how the US Coast Guard continues this tradition even today in honor of the Rouse Simmons, over 100 years later. Spend the afternoon enjoying sledding on the famous South Haven sledding hill just outside.

“This is a great partnership between the Library and the Museum,” says Museum Director of Education Ashley Deming. “We love to be able to combine family fun and education and so does the Library. It’s a wonderful fit, especially during the holidays.”

While you cross a few things off your holiday gift lists, take the chance to peek inside this 19th century home that housed South Haven’s light keepers, Life Saving Service men, the US Coast Guard and is now the home for the Michigan Maritime Museum’s Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library.

The event is free to attend. Donations are appreciated. Enjoy Christmas at the Keeper’s House this holiday season!

For information on the family craft activity, contact the Library at 269-637-2403 ext. 2. Information about the Keeper’s House event can be found online at or call 269-637-8078 ext. 3.