Maritime Museum, Library, and Arts Center Partner for Christmas at the Keeper’s House Event

Join the Michigan Maritime Museum, the South Haven Memorial Library, and the South Haven Center for the Arts for a family event Saturday, December 14th. From 10am to 12pm at the historic Keeper’s House there will be children’s nautical book readings, including The Christmas Tree Ship, hot cocoa, Christmas cookie decorating, sledding, and a little nautical holiday shopping.

Participate with your children and grandchildren in this free holiday event. 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 morning enjoying sledding on the famous South Haven sledding hill just outside.

“We love collaborations!” says Museum Director of Education, Ashley Deming. “Together we can create and provide programs that are even better for our community than we could ever do on our own. We’re fortunate to work with other organizations who feel the same way.”

While you cross a few things off your holiday gift lists, take the chance to peek inside this 19 th 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

For information on the event, visit: or call 269-637-8078 ext. 3.