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.

UP NEXT – “Great Lakes Lighthouse Tenders”
April 4, 2019

The final Maritime Speaker Series event of the season takes place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7pm. The event will feature maritime author Paul J. Mason in his discussion of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service on the Great Lakes. The ships and crews of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service were the unsung heroes of Great Lakes transportation for more than a century. Despite the critical role they played in maritime operations, little information is available about these hard-working men and the ships they called home. Paul Mason will bring them back to life during his talk.



2018/2019 Schedule:

November 2, 2018 Todd Gordon Speaks about the SS Eastland
December 6, 2018 Frederick Stonehouse, “US Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes”
January 3, 2019 Patrick Forsyth, “Great Lakes Fish”
February 25, 2019 Jake Heffernan, “Lighthouses of Door County”
March 7, 2019 Rys Kuzdas, “Sinking of the Half-Moon”
April 4, 2019 Paul J Mason, “Great Lakes Lighthouse Tenders”

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.