The Door County Maritime Museum and the Southern Door School District are collaborating to bring songs, images and stories from the 1940’s to the Southern Door stage in a presentation related to the new Museum exhibit “Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War Two”. The multimedia presentation will take place on Saturday, March 7th at the Southern Door Community Auditorium at 7pm. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.southerndoorauditorium.org/. Youth (through high school) and senior (ages 62 and older) discounts are available and can be chosen when selecting your seats.
The Built For Battle presentation will include film footage from the war, songs from 1940’s V (for Victory) Discs, images from the exhibit, letters to and from those serving on the front, and historic news features, all combined to remember and celebrate Door County’s important role in the Allied war effort.
The Southern Door High School music department will present three songs from the musical Loose Lips Sink Ships, with lyrics by Jacinda Duffin and Laurie Flanigan Hegge, and music by James Kaplan. Set in Sturgeon Bay’s wartime shipyards, Loose Lips Sink Ships has been called “a love letter to ‘The Greatest Generation.’”
The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. As a center of shipbuilding during this tumultuous time, Sturgeon Bay produced hundreds of vessels to supply the demands of the war effort. Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II highlights warships constructed in Door County and the experiences of their crews during the tumultuous years of the 1940’s. The new exhibit brings to life the big stories of bravery, sacrifice and tragedy aboard small ships during great engagements upon the waves. The exhibit also explores what happened to these vessels after they left their freshwater docks; most never returned to the Great Lakes.