Grand Traverse Islands The Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series continues Thursday, Feb. 4, with a presentation on recent efforts to encourage the creation of a national park in the Grand Traverse Islands. The program will be presented by John Bacon, chairman of the Friends of the Grand Traverse Islands, at the Sturgeon Bay museum beginning at 7 p.m.

The islands, stretching from Northern Door County to Upper Michigan’s Garden Peninsula are perhaps, as Bacon puts it, “Door County’s best kept secret.” They are not only home to five 19th century lighthouses and a U.S. Life Saving Service station, but they provide a critical habitat for many rare plants and animals and comprise the most striking example of the Niagara Escarpment in the United States.

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