anniversary on Nov. 23, 2012.
Each November during the early 1900s, Captain Herman Schuenemann loaded the three-masted schooner Rouse Simmons to nearly overflowing with evergreens from Upper Michigan. After sailing to Chicago, Captain Schuenemann moored his vessel to a downtown pier, hoisted a decorated tree up the mast and strung electric lights throughout the rigging, bringing holiday cheer to the bustling city.
In November 1912, however, Captain Schuenemann and the Rouse Simmons never arrived at Chicago. Following a raging storm that swept Lake Michigan, the Rouse Simmons and her crew were lost off the shores of Two Rivers, Wis.
Can you capture the romantic lore of the Rouse Simmons in a single image? That has been the task of four senior-level Peck School of the Arts students in Design and Visual Communications, Department of Art and Design. The students’ assignment was to create a “mark” to be used on special-event invitations, anniversary keepsakes and the Milwaukee Public Library holiday card.
Read the full article at UWM News.