Tickets are on sale for the Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM, dcmm.org) annual wooden-boat raffle – this year for a 17-foot Rangeley lake boat, handcrafted by the instructors and students in the museum’s 2020-21 Wooden Boatbuilding Class. This one-of-a-kind wooden boat comes with a trailer donated by American Marine and Motor Sports.
Raffle-ticket purchases support the museum and help to preserve this maritime craft tradition. Tickets – for sale at the museum or at select events this summer – cost $20 each or three for $50, and only 1,500 will be sold.
As the DCMM team designs and installs new exhibits for the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower, it is also changing exhibits in the existing galleries. The Horton Gallery in Sturgeon Bay now focuses on Great Lakes commercial shipping and includes a look at the engineering feats of building six of the 13 famed “1,000-footer” freighters here.
Other pending additions include Shipped from the Collection, highlighting curious artifacts from the archives; and the Donald Sarter Memorial Chapel, providing a solemn space to remember Great Lakes sailors who lost their lives on the water. Play with the new and improved Elba pilothouse interactive device to steer the Great Lakes freighter through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal for winter layup.
Coming to the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock in July will be a new, two-season exhibit titled From Net to Table, which, through photos and interviews, will highlight the people who are part of the contemporary Door County commercial-fishing industry.