‘Christmas Tree Ship’ is topic of TTH talk

Author Rochelle Pennington will be the next speaker in the Trumbull Town Hall lecture series.

Pennington is an award-winning newspaper columnist and the author of 10 books, including “Highlighted in Yellow,” “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” and “Believe in Yourself.”

Her Trumbull Town Hall talk will focus on “The Christmas Tree Ship,”  the most storied shipwreck of the Great Lakes. She has written two books on the shipwreck, which occurred in 1912 on Lake Michigan. The ship was loaded with Christmas trees, and the captain’s wife and his three daughters carried on the tradition for more than 20 years after his death.

Pennington will display artifacts raised from the sunken ship along with underwater photos of the ship in its current state. Over the past century, the story of the Christmas Tree Ship has inspired paintings, poems, songs, TV programs and a new Christmas Tree Ship sailed by the Great Lakes Coast Guard every December as a living memorial.

She will speak at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Single tickets are $35 and will be available at the Packard box office the morning of the lecture. For more information, call 330-240-1706.