Door County Maritime Museum - Wisconsin Maritime Museum

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 it. The programs are held the first Thursday of each month November through April beginning at 7:00 pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

PLEASE NOTE: At the November 2, 2017, program we will be asking for a $5 donation instead of a food donation to defray the cost of our speaker–Rochelle Pennington, an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of ten books. All of the other evening speaker series programs will be free of charge with a non-perishable food donation requested. Thank you!

November 2, 2017, 7 pm, Rochelle Pennington will talk about the Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Tree Ship.

December 7, 2017, 7 pm, Bob Desh speaks on the History of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal

January 4, 2018, 7 pm, Larry Herbst, Model Boat Building

February 1, 2018, 7pm, George Oram will be speaking on “Life on the Great Lakes.”

March 1, 2018, 7pmBarb and Ken Wardius will be speaking on Door County Lighthouses

April 5, 2018, 7 pm  Paul Schumacher, Restoration of Plum and Pilot Islands

Visit our calendar for speakers and dates

We’re on TV!

See videos of our Maritime Speaker Series on Public Access Cable TV!  Selected presentations in the series will be recorded and added to the Sturgeon Bay Public Access TV Online. We will also post the links here:

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.


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.

Guardians of the Inland Sea

January 5, 2011

Guardians of the Inland Sea: Bob Desh gives a brief history of the U.S. Coast Guard on the Great Lakes.