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Five Programs Planned For Maritime Museum's Speaker Series

One of the country's leading experts on Arctic studies will kick off the Door County Maritime Museum's 2012-2013 Maritime Speaker Series.

Dr. Lawson Brigham will be the speaker for the first program Saturday evening, November 10.

Brigham is currently the Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. A career U.S. Coast Guard officer, he commanded four Coast Guard cutters, including the polar icebreaker Polar Sea. His presentation will be a homecoming of sorts since Brigham was the first commanding officer of the Mobile Bay, which is home ported in Sturgeon Bay.

The series will returned to its normal Thursday evening programming on Nov. 29 when popular author Rochelle Pennington will return to the museum for a program titled “World War I Christmas Miracle.” It   will delve into the story of the famous World War I Christmas truce which she features in her book “Christmas Gifts: Ten of the Greatest Ever Given.” Pennington has also penned a pair of popular books on the Christmas Tree Ship. Her appearance is part of the museum’s Merry-Time Festival of Trees celebration.

After the holidays, the series resumes with programs the first Thursday on the month from January through March.

Charlie Klein, owner of Doral Sails & Canvas in Sturgeon Bay, will present a program Jan. 3 on the sail and its evolution; George Houde will come to the museum on Feb. 7. Houde was one of the producers of the History Channel series “Great Lake Warriors” which spotlighted John Selvick’s tug fleet; and then on March 7 the series concludes with the U.S. Coast Guard’s presentation on the new “Rescue 21” emergency communication system. 

All of the programs begin at 7 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay museum. They are free of charge and open to the public with donations appreciated.

For more information contact the Museum at 920-743-5958 or visit


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