The next presentation of the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be held on Thursday, March 5th, and will feature DCMM Curator Rhys Kuzdas taking about Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War Two.
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. Digging deeper into the events highlighted in the new Maritime Museum exhibit Built for Battle, this presentation goes into the storied history of those ships. The exhibit brings to life the big stories of bravery, sacrifice and tragedy aboard small ships during great engagements upon the waves. Kuzdas will explore what happened to these vessels after they left their freshwater docks, almost all of which were never to return to the Great Lakes.
The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs dealing with everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them. The Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series programs are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, beginning at 7pm. The Maritime Speaker Series is held in the Reddin Bridge Room at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free of charge with a suggested non-perishable food donation. Additional support for the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series is provided by Foremost Resorts, Westwood Shores and the Sister Bay Bowl.
October 3 – Dan Heibler: “Ghost Stories of the Great Lakes”
November 7 – DCMM Volunteers: “The 100-Year History of the Tug John Purves”
December 5 – Paul Kuenn: “What it Means to be a Friend of Plum and Pilot Island”
January 9 – Daniel LaMere: “The ABCs of ABS and the Winter Fleet”
February 6 – Dr. Don Mikulic: “The Ledge, the Lake, and the Limestone”
March 5 – DCMM Curator Rhys Kuzdas: “Built for Battle: Sturgeon Bay and World War II”
April 2 – Dan Heibler: “Myths and Mysteries: Legends and Lore of our Great Lakes”
May 7 – Wes Oleszewski: “World War II & The Great Lakes”