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Next Meeting

Who: White Lake Area Historical Society Members and Friends

What: Tour of LST 393

Where: 560 Mart St, Muskegon, MI 49440

When: June 20, 2019

Cost: $5.00 donation to thank the LST museum


Press release for LST Visit

White Lake Area Historical Society Hosts special LST visit

Next Thursday (June 20), the public is invited to join the Historical Society’s 7:00 pm visit at the LST 393 landing craft in Muskegon.

The USS LST 393 was there on D-Day 75 years ago, making 30 round trips to Omaha Beach and elsewhere in France during the invasion.  There were over 1,000 such vessels built, but it is only one of two such vessels remaining in the United States.  Here in downtown Muskegon, at the Mart Dock right beside Heritage Landing, it displays our local WWII museum.

After a presentation by Sharon Marzfeld (less than a half hour), attendees will be given tours to the different locations on the ship (not all areas are handicap accessible, but there is plenty to look at on the main entrance deck).  At the end, refreshments will be available, provided by the Historical Society.

The USS LST 393 was part of three amphibious invasions, in Sicily, Italy, and France.  In addition to its own features—restored bridge, galley, officers’ living space, engine room, etc.—its exhibits include “a newly expanded tribute to women in the military,” a newly obtained 1942  “twin-barreled 40 mm anti-aircraft cannon,” and an exhibit “dedicated to America’s four-legged heroes, the war dogs who served from World War II until today,” according to the White Lake Beacon  (4/10/19 p. 10-A).

Anyone attending should bring a $5 donation to thank the museum for its volunteers providing this opportunity after hours.  Members of the public will have an opportunity also, if they wish, to sign up as members of the WLA Historical Society (different charges for single or family membership).

On the third Thursday of July, at a location in Whitehall, the society will feature the story of Camp Claybanks with artifacts large and small.  That same meeting will kick off a Historical Society Scavenger Hunt, with a special source of clues available for $1 at the meeting.

Meeting Schedule

NOTE: This is preliminary and subject to change.

June 20

What: LST Tour

Where: 560 Mart St, Muskegon, MI 49440

Cost; $5.00 per person

July 18

What: Camp Claybanks

Where: Twin Cities, 615 E Colby St, Whitehall, MI 49461

July 20

What: Classic Car & Boat Show

Where: Goodrich Park, Whitehall

When: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

August 16

What: Historical Annual meeting and sharing time

When: Potluck at 6:00 pm

Meeting at 7:00 pm with Ice Cream Social

September 19

What: Dan Yakes and his new book

Where: Montague Methodist church

October 17

What: tour of newly renovated Playhouse of White Lake