Free presentation to discuss the legacy of the Great Lakes Maritime Industry in the Tri-Cities

Great Lakes Presentation

Two maritime experts, Jon Brosseit of Muskegon Community College (MCC) and Samuel Hankinson of the Port of Monroe, have partnered with the Loutit District Library to create a free presentation about the Great Lakes Shipping Industry and its local significance. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm at the Loutit District Library at 407 Columbus Ave in downtown Grand Haven.

Diving into the rich history of the Tri-Cities, this lecture will explore local connections and contributions to the maritime industry, built upon the foundations of shipping in Michigan.

Muskegon Community College (MCC) History Professor, Jon Brosseit will present examples of how shipping in the Great Lakes is integral to Michigan history, leading into modern-day shipping.

Port Development Coordinator at the Port of Monroe, Samuel Hankinson will highlight past maritime activities in the Tri-Cities, showcase pictures of the current era of Great Lakes shipping, and give an industry perspective on the future of Great Lakes shipping. Aside from his role at the Port of Monroe, Hankinson is a regular contributor to the Grand Haven Tribune’s “Ship’s Log” column.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended but not required. Register at:

MCC offers over 80 areas of study with locations in Muskegon, Ottawa and Newaygo counties as well as online. In addition, the college provides a variety of community resources including a planetarium, natural area, science museum, health and wellness center, art gallery, and golf course. Visit to learn more.