Book Signing Event at Cana Island Lighthouse

Mary Hirthe, co-author of Schooner Days in Door County, will be visiting the historic Cana Island Lighthouse on July 21 from 11 am to 3 pm to share tales of her and her late husband’s adventures and challenges in crafting this classic work on Door County maritime history.

Twenty-five years after its original printing, this fascinating book has returned to the Door County Maritime Museum’s store shelves. Authored by seasonal Door County residents Walter and Mary Hirthe in 1986, this intriguing book offers an informative, engaging and entertaining account of the Door Peninsula’s colorful history during the golden age of sail. Well-written and filled with scores of historic images this volume is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Great Lakes maritime history.

The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, with the help of the Hirthe family, reprinted this special 25th Anniversary Edition. “We are thrilled that Schooner Days in Door County is once again in print,” said the museum’s Executive Director Bob Desh. “This book is a must read for anyone interested in life on the Great Lakes during the days of sail.”

Sloppy-Joe sandwiches and soft drinks will be offered for sale by the museum during the book-signing event. All funds raised will support the restoration of the Cana Island Lighthouse.

The book will be available in the Maritime Museum stores in Sturgeon Bay and Gills Rock as well as at the Cana Island Lighthouse.

A second opportunity to meet Mary and discuss the book is scheduled for Aug. 4 at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

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