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

Maritime Speaker Series

May 11, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the virtual 2020-2021 Door County Maritime Speaker Series. Our final presentation in May of Heroes On Deck with hosts Harvey Moshman and Brian Kallies, is available on YouTube, with the option to support the Museum and purchase the full DVD version in the Museum’s online store.

Each Fall, Winter and Spring, the Door County Maritime Museum hosts experts and interesting characters from around the country for the Maritime Speaker Series. (Presented in partnership with series sponsor Door County Medical Center in 2020-21). 

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, on the second floor of the Museum, and online.
No costs to attend; suggested donation of a non-perishable food item, or if watching online, we ask you to make a food donation to your local food pantry.

Just Announced – the 2021-2022 Door County Maritime Speaker Series schedule:

  • October 7, 2021 – Barb Chisholm: 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire
  • November 4, 2021 – Dan Heibler: Gales of November
  • December 2, 2021 – Dr. Patrick Jung: Marquette & the Ho-Chunk
  • January 6, 2022 – DCMM Speaker TBD
  • February 3, 2022 – Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin Historical Society: Wisconsin Shipwrecks
  • March 3, 2022 (virtual presenter) – Dr. Victoria Brehm: Women shippers and traders on the Great Lakes
  • April 7, 2022 – Northern Sky Theater
  • May 5, 2022 – Daniel Lamere: America’s Cup Sailing

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


Container Wars: The Contentious Claim to the Commercial Shipping Revolution

March 23, 2021

​​​​​​​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.


Ladies of the Lights

February 22, 2021

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the lighthouses and beacons that protected the shoreline…they were the Ladies of the Lights!

blonde woman wearing glasses, headphones and brown jacket seated in a radio booth in front of a silver microphone.

Historical author Dianna Stampfler talks about Ladies of the Lights, March 4, 2021 @ 7pm CST.

Historical author Dianna Stampfler presented a special Women’s History Month Door County Maritime Speaker Series evening about the ‘Ladies of the Lights’, Thursday, March 4 at 7pm (CST) online, to share info about these pioneering women. 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 make up this presentation. The program included readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.
Watch the virtual conversation here:

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For more info about Dianna check out Promote Michigan.

​​​​​​​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.

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


Love in the water…The mysteries and love life of the Burbot

January 22, 2021

Deep in the dark waters of the Great Lakes swims the only freshwater member of the cod family, the burbot (Lota lota) fish. Known by many names, including ‘lawyer’ and ‘eelpout’, the burbot is unknown to most people, but prized by some. Join fisheries specialist Titus Seilheimer for a special “Burbotine’s Day” edition of the Door County Maritime Speaker Series, on Thursday, February 4 at 7pm (CST) online, to learn more about this unique species.

To watch and participate in the virtual conversation or ask questions, Click HERE to register.

We will record the presentation and share it on our DCMaritime YouTube channel and Facebook afterwards.​​​​​​​

The Burbot is a native Great Lakes predator that swims under the radar…and has some interesting and unexpected behaviors. Only when winters are at their coldest in the North does the burbot start thinking about love. The normally solitary burbot will meet up with other burbot, under the ice, to spawn in the coldest days of February (Happy Burbotine’s Day!).

Those in the know enjoy eating burbot, and it’s often called Poor Man’s Lobster. The burbot supports a small commercial fishery in Lake Michigan, and is prized for its flaky, white flesh.
Join Titus Seilheimer on a journey through the biology and ecology (and maybe some recipes) of the burbot. The event will be sure to delight Great Lakes lovers from 10-100.

Titus Seilheimer has been a fisheries specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant since 2012, where he leads research, outreach, and education activities focused on Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystems. Seilheimer has spent more than 100 days on Lake Michigan commercial fishing boats since 2015. His past research took him to all five Great Lakes as well as the southern Great Plains. He lives in Manitowoc, WI where he enjoys spending time exploring the local coast with his family and setting out on long bike rides with no planned route. 

Thank you to Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay for sponsoring the February speaker and donating a waterview room!

​​​​​​​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.

​​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.


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.


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.