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Join DCMM to celebrate the Cana Island Lighthouse Sesquicentennial

July 15, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7th, 3-6pm the Door County Maritime Museum will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cana Island Lighthouse. Cana Island is perhaps Door County’s most photographed lighthouse, celebrating 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2019. The event, free and open to the public, will feature descendants of … continue reading


July 9, 2019

Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week returns August 3-11, 2019, as the City once again honors its rich maritime heritage with entertaining and fun-filled events. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel – past and present – for their service and many contributions to the … continue reading

Door County Maritime Museum Announces Annual Wooden Boat Raffle

June 26, 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Door County Maritime Museum’s annual Wooden Boat Raffle. The Grand Prize of the raffle is the hand-built 16’ St. Lawrence River Skiff, produced by the Museum’s Wooden Boatbuilding instructors and class participants. The beautiful wooden boat comes with hand-turned oars, as well as a trailer generously provided by … continue reading

DCMM Launches Educational Programming Partnerships

May 14, 2019

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is pleased to launch several new programs in the coming weeks designed to engage with local school districts and share our collective maritime history with all area K-12 students. This month, the Museum is partnering with Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School to start an ongoing project to display maritime artwork created … continue reading

Cana Island and Baileys Harbor Range Lights Celebrate 150th Anniversaries

Two of Door County’s most recognizable lighthouses – both built in 1869 – celebrate their 150th anniversaries in 2019: the Cana Island Lighthouse and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. A community-wide celebration of the sesquicentennial of these two iconic sentinels of the Great Lakes will take place throughout 2019 in the town of Baileys Harbor. On … continue reading

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Tugboat John Purves

April 17, 2019

The entire Door County community is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic tug John Purves at 11am on Wednesday, May 1,2019 at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The event will include the US Army Color Guard, the national anthem sung by Southern Door High School sophomore Brianna Partyka, birthday … continue reading