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Maritime Speaker Series

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, November through May, beginning at 7 pm. For 2020, we will host the speakers virtually – Check back soon for the watch info!

Additional support for the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series is provided by Foremost Resorts, The Lodge at Leathem Smith, Westwood Shores and the Sister Bay Bowl.

2020/2021 Virtual Speaker Series Schedule:

Visit our calendar for speakers and dates

Ladies of the Lights – Maritime Speaker Series

January 7, 2021

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights are part of this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as information including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.

Join historian and author Dianna Stempfler to hear stories of female lighthouse keepers, the women behind the male keepers

Dianna has been presenting on historical and information topics around the midwest for nearly 25 years. She has penned countless articles and is the author of the best-selling book “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” (2019 – The History Press). For more: https://promotemichigan.com/about-dianna


Pedaling the Peninsula – Maritime Speaker Series

December 28, 2020

It took him three years to do it the first time, and just four days in June of 2020.
Door County hotel owner/operator Mike McCarthy completed a personal quest to circumnavigate the Northern Door Peninsula in his sit-on-top pedal kayak. Join McCarthy during his Door County Maritime Speaker Series virtual presentation on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7 p.m., as he shares tales of his pedaling journey – getting rained on and blown off the water, and exploring the recreational aspects of enjoying the waters of Door County from a kayak.

CLICK HERE to Register for January 7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the meeting on January 7. There is no charge to participate in 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. We will record the presentation and share it on our DCMaritime YouTube channel and Facebook afterwards.​​​​​​​

Listen in to find out about McCarthy’s goal to bring awareness to Door County’s maritime history, the ecology of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, and that yes, you can kayak around the Door Peninsula. McCarthy is the co-owner of the Village Green Lodge in Ephraim with Jamie, his wife and circumnavigation support crew. With her support, Mike pedaled his Hobie Outback kayak with a Mirage Drive pedaling apparatus more than 125 miles, solo.

The presentation will include sights and discussion about the Lake Michigan and Green Bay coastlines, Plum and Rock Islands, the Mink, Oconto and Ahnapee Rivers, and the estuaries of Northern Door. Historical maritime sites will be highlighted, along with awareness of the programming and educational outreach of the Door County Maritime Museum. McCarthy will talk about the possibilities of an officially designated kayak trail that could highlight specific launch sites, routes and sightings kayakers could explore themselves. 

During his journey, McCarthy and Chris Opper, owner of The Red Putter and Video Director of Door County Digital, recorded sections of the voyage both above and below the water line, and documented the journey. A movie trailer will premiere during Mike’s January 7 Maritime Speaker Series presentation, as a sneak peak of the upcoming film that will be shown at the Door County Short Film Festival in February.

Support for McCarthy’s Maritime Speakers Series presentation and expedition was provided by Door County Medical Center, Waseda Farms, Ephraim Coffee Lab, The Red Putter, Door County Digital, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Ephraim Business Council, Door County Maritime Museum, Oh! What a Sunset! Guided Hobie Kayak Tours, and The Village Green Lodge.

 

 


History of Bay Shipbuilding – Maritime Speaker Series

November 24, 2020

Learn the history of Door County’s largest employer on Thursday, December 3, when Theresa and Stewart Fett present the History of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company for the next session of the Museum’s 2020-2021 Maritime Speaker Series, sponsored by Door County Medical Center.

Stewart will start with Bay Shipbuilding’s humble beginnings in 1902, talk about the significant contributions the shipyard has made in shipbuilding history, right up to what is happening at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding today, Fett retired as a Production Manager from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in 2019, and was a shipyard employee for over 46 years. For now, the Maritime Speaker Series will remain virtual, streaming live at 7pm on Thursday, December 3.

CLICK HERE to watch Stewart’s Presentation

There is no charge to participate in 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, or bring an unwrapped toy into the Museum for our Toys for Tots box.


Maritime Speaker Series

September 23, 2020

The Door County Maritime Museum is pleased to to host experts and interesting characters from around the country for the 2020-2021 Maritime Speaker Series, presented in partnership with series sponsor Door County Medical Center. 

The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs – 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 the first Thursday of each month, November through May, beginning at 7 pm. For the November-December presentations, speakers will present online.
No costs to attend; in keeping with our in-person suggested donation of a non-perishable food item, we ask you to make a food donation to your local food pantry.

The schedule of presenters for the 2020-2021 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series:

  • November 5 – Wes Oleszewski: “World War II & The Great Lakes” – CLICK HERE to watch Wes’ presentation
  • December 3 – Stewart & Theresa Fett: “History of Bay Shipbuilding” CLICK HERE to watch Stewart’s presentation
  • January 7 – Mike McCarthy: “Pedaling around the Door” CLICK TO REGISTER
  • February 4 – Titus Seilheimer, “Lawyer Dissection!” Love in the water with the Burbot fish
  • March 4 – Dianna Stampfler: “The Ladies of the Lights” (sponsored by Sarter Marine Towing)
  • April 1 –  DCMM Curator Rhys Kuzdas: “Container Wars: The Contentious Claim to the Commercial Shipping Revolution”
  • May 6 – TBA

The Grand Traverse Islands: Our Next National Lakeshore?

February 16, 2016

John Bacon, Chair of the Friends of the Grand Traverse Islands. A presentation on this unique area – stretching from Door County, Wisconsin, to Upper Michigan’s Garden Peninsula – and the reasons for protecting it through the creation of a national park.


Richard Purinton

November 29, 2011

Richard Purinton, who serves as the CEO for the family-run Washington Island Ferry Line, will present a program about life on Washington Island during the winter months.


Plum & Pilot Island

March 3, 2011

Tim Sweet, of the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands, discusses current preservation efforts.


Fincantieri

February 3, 2011

Umberto Vianello, Chief Engineering Officer for Fincantieri, presents an overview of one of the world’s largest shipbuilders and its anticipated impact on Wisconsin Shipbuilders.