Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is offering a free lecture series in August which will include topics like lighthouses and shipwrecks.

The center, located next to the Lift Bridge in Canal Park, is offering a variety of interesting lectures during the month of August that their calling 'Fathom That!'

It kicks off on the 9th with a talk about the history of Park Point, followed by the history of the shipwrecks and lighthouses around Isle Royal and finally on the 23rd learn more about Coast Guard operations in Western Lake Superior.

Here is the complete schedule of the lectures:

August 9: Nancy Nelson will present "The Parks of Park Point". Nancy will reveal the fascinating history of two of Duluth's oldest parks on Park Point. These parks have been home to Duluth's first life-saving station, an early cemetery, a two-room schoolhouse, and a community club. Nancy Nelson is co-author of "Duluth's Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years."

August 16: Retired Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Director, Thom Holden presents, "Above and Below; An Overview of Isle Royale's Shipwrecks and Lighthouses". Thom's love of maritime history is rooted in Isle Royale. He will share this passion with a glimpse into the history that he loves.

August 23: Cmdr. Erin Williams, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, MSU, Duluth, will present "Coast Guard operations in Western Lake Superior" – a discussion about the U.S. Coast Guard’s role on Lake Superior. MSU Duluth conducts a variety of marine safety and environmental response missions including: vessel inspections; foreign vessel compliance examinations; maritime pollution and security contingency planning and response; marine casualty investigations; waterfront facility inspections; marine event permitting; and fishing vessel safety.