May 7, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 68 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 68
(Senate - May 07, 2010)
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[Pages S3406-S3407] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS ______ 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM
Mr. LEVIN. Mr. President, I am delighted to recognize the Dossin Great Lakes Museum as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. This institution has graced the shores of Belle Isle, MI, since 1960, when the Dossin family generously helped to transform the deteriorating Maritime Museum into an enduring tribute to the Great Lakes. For [[Page S3407]] 50 years, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum has offered visitors from across the state and beyond the opportunity to explore and experience firsthand much of our State's 300-year maritime narrative. Michigan's rich history is inextricably linked to the Great Lakes. In fact, Michigan's name is derived from the Ojibwa word for ``large water,'' a root that speaks to the lakes' defining influence on our State's evolution. The lakes are integral to Michigan's social, cultural, and economic character. Native American tribes established trade routes through these inland seas, which European settlers, led by the French, relied on to develop a thriving fur trade beginning in the late 1600s. During the War of 1812, American and British soldiers fought to wrest control over these precious waterways. Today, the Great Lakes are a superhighway across which giant freighters glide. Some of these great ships have become the stuff of maritime legend, such as the famous Edmund Fitzgerald, whose tragic tale has captured the imagination of Michiganians for generations. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is a lens through which visitors can study and appreciate the tremendous importance of the Great Lakes. Its permanent exhibits include the enormous bow anchor of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the pilot house of the S.S. William Clay Ford, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world. Located on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River, facing the Canadian shore, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum devotes many of its resources to explaining Detroit's prominent role in the rich international history of the Great Lakes. The museum's dedicated staff are committed to providing visitors with an exciting and educational experience, and to ensuring that residents of Michigan and visitors to our State continue to learn about the rich heritage of the Lakes. For 50 years, this Detroit landmark has served an important role in illustrating Michigan's enduring ties to the Great Lakes. It offers the prospect of adventure and knowledge for those who walk through its doors, and its exhibits tell stories that transport visitors through three centuries of maritime history. I know my colleagues join me in congratulating all those affiliated with the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on its 50th anniversary and in wishing them the best for another 50 years of navigating the course of our history. ____________________