​​​​​​​Closed door meetings, whispered plans, even some mafia-esque debauchery were all part of the development of  the world’s modern shipping container, first built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Door County Maritime Museum Curator Rhys Kuzdas will tell the story of the shipping container’s inventor, Leathem D. Smith, the process of its design and plans for implementation, and eventual legal battles over its patents and legacy. DCMM is home to the first actual prototype, built by the shipyard owned by Leathem D. Smith, and Rhys will broadcast his Speaker Series presentation from the prototype!
Join us Thursday evening for a tour of the container’s construction, including examples of the rarely seen original engineering drawings and photographs.

To listen in, or comment on the virtual presentation, please register for the Zoom link here:

The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs on everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them. Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series programs are held the first Thursday of each month, November through May, beginning at 7pm. The presentation will be broadcast live on DCMM’s Youtube channel, and will be shared on social media afterwards.

​​There is no charge to attend this virtual Speaker Series presentation, sponsored by the Door County Medical Center. We ask that you donate a non-perishable food item to a local organization of your choice.