Shipwrecks on Queue for Speaker Series

The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) concludes its 2008-2009 Winter Speakers Series on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 pm in the museum in Sturgeon Bay when Great Lakes historian Richard Smith will present a program on shipwrecks.

Smith is co-director and curator at the 1860 Light Station Museum at Port Washington. Smith said his program constitutes a history of shipping in addition to shipwrecks on the Great Lakes with some concentration on Lake Michigan and Door County. An educator for 35 years, Smith has merged images with artifacts to assist in the presentation of this insightful program. The artifacts include parts of the ships themselves and the cargoes they carried. One example is the tool box from the schooner Jenniebel and artifacts from it as well as the much publicized “Mystery Ship.” Smith adds that most of the artifacts were recovered prior to the zebra and quagga mussels invasion and therefore are in good condition.

The Speakers Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Door County Maritime Museum, an organization dedicated to assisting the Museum both through fundraising projects and volunteer service. Admission to the program is free. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends groups. Donations will be appreciated.

For more information on the Speakers Series or the museum call 920.743.5958 or visit