Shipwrecks of Door County Exhibit Unveiling and Celebration
May 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A new exhibit is set to open at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The Shipwrecks of Door County Exhibit will open to the public on May 26 at 10 am with a kick-off event featuring several speakers, a book signing, children’s games, a scavenger hunt, and curator guided tours. With the purchase of standard admission, visitors can explore the new exhibit, see the other three galleries highlighting Door County’s maritime history, and enjoy the opening celebration events.
The Shipwrecks of Door County exhibit allows you to plunge beneath the surface of Door County’s waters and explore the history of the shipwrecks surrounding us. Learn more about the watery graves of some of the 250 ships that now call Door County’s lake bottom their permanent home. The new exhibit explores life at sea and pulls you into the maritime past, where you can learn about these fascinating historical tragedies.
Engage your senses exploring original shipwreck artifacts, intriguing historical photos, real-life underwater video footage, interactive learning and immersive environments. Discover the stories and history behind some of Door County’s most notorious maritime disasters. After your journey through the exhibit, you will better appreciate the special shipwrecks that forged Door County’s maritime history.
The opening celebration begins at 10:30 am with a talk featuring Victoria Kiefer, the Maritime Archeologist for the Wisconsin Historical Society. Her presentation will focus on Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and the stories of a few Door County shipwrecks. Ask questions and interact with this expert to learn more about our storied maritime past and the complex ways that history is discovered and preserved.
At 11:30 am Joan Forsberg, a well-known maritime historian, will give a presentation on the shipwrecks at Death’s Door. Learn more about the loss of the schooners E.R. Williams, the Fleetwing, and the notorious Pilot Island wrecks. Discover the dramatic histories and exciting explorations of the steamer Frank O’Connor and the scow Ocean Wave, and enjoy tales of lost shipwrecks awaiting discovery, including the tragic Plymouth. Ground-breaking research, underwater video, and glimpses of the extensive maritime activity are highlights of this presentation, which will be based on the book Joan co-authored, “Shipwrecks at Death’s Door”. Joan will be available to sign her book after the presentation, as well as from 1:30 pm-5:00 pm.
Visitors of all ages will find an entertaining and educational experience awaiting them at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.