The Color of Water  ~ GREAT LAKES Cards

5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, blank inside, with envelope
5 in a box, $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping

Contact Joan now

The Color of Water Cards


Captain Santa

At the turn of the last century, many schooner captains cut and delivered thousands of pine and fir trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Chicago to brighten Christmas in the big city. Herman Schuenemann stood out among all of those captains because of his jovial nature and generous spirit, so much so that he earned the title “Captain Santa”. In addition to the trees that he sold at the Clark Street bridge in Chicago he took trees to give to the less fortunate.

His wife and daughters created garlands and wreaths so when his “floating forest” was docked and the lights were strung, the scene was quite festive. The holiday season in Chicago had begun.

On a very stormy Friday, November 23, 1912, Captain Schuenemann departed from a harbor near Manistique, Michigan, aboard his schooner, the Rouse Simmons. The ship, loaded with trees could not ride out the storm and it sank off the coast of Twin Rivers, Wisconsin taking all onboard to a watery grave in 400 feet of water, where it remains to this day.

The United states Cost Guard Cutter Mackinaw has resumed the benevolent tradition delivering holiday trees to agencies such as United Way and Salvation Army to distribute.

5″ x 7″, blank inside, with envelope
 a paper insert with the above story is inside each card
5 in a box, $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping

Contact Joan now

Captain Santa Cards


The Color of Water Posters

Posters are 20 x 26 on archival paper, signed by Joan. They will arrive in a sturdy mailing tube at $60 plus shipping.

Contact Joan now

The Color of Water Poster


The Color of Water T-shirts

Now available for purchase are “The Color of Water t-shirts.  100% of net proceeds from the sale of these shirts help fund water projects.

T-shirts are 100% cotton available in adult sizes S, M, L, XL and 2XL, as well as youth sizes S, M and L. $26.00 each.

“Water is a simple blessing essential to every living thing on earth.”