Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 27

The UASC meets the last Wednesday of each month at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments 6:30, Business 7:00, Speaker 8:00.


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Need a great, new way to get in the Christmas spirit? 
Here's one that comes along only once in 100 years:


The Christmas Tree Ship
A Centennial Commemoration of a Chicago Tradition
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Chicago History Museum, Rubloff Auditorium
1601 N. Clark St., Chicago

Attendance is free and open to the public. 
(See attached flyer for more details and map.)

Come and help these featured guest presenters and performers commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of Chicago's premier "Christmas Tree Ship," the schooner Rouse Simmons.

Ruth Flesvig Gibson, author of "The Christmas Tree Ship"

Fred Nueschel, author of "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships"

Rochelle Pennington, author of "The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope and Love"

Tesseract Theatre Ensemble, with musical renditions from the Christmas Tree Ship musical play

Lee Murdock, maritime folk musician and composer of "The Christmas Ship"

…and others.

See the nameboard and other artifacts recovered from the lost Christmas Tree Ship Rouse Simmons. Meet a relative of the Rouse Simmons skipper "Captain Santa," Herman Schuenemann.

There is no cost to attend and enjoy. It's all free, but pre-registration is requested. Click here to register online. At 7 p.m. on November 30th, the Christmas Tree Ship sails again. Don't miss out!

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