The Door County Maritime Museum will be celebrating its 50th year of service with a year-long celebration consisting of several exhibits and events. The first exhibit, “The Water Defines Us: DCMM@50,” follows the path of the museum from its roots in Northern Door County to the growth afterwards that brought two museum locations, a restored John Purves tugboat, and the Cana Island Lighthouse. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a video compilation of several interviews conducted with people involved with the museum over the years, including longtime volunteers and the original curator. Rhys Kuzdas, the curator and exhibits manager at the Maritime Museum, said his favorite part of the event would be the interviews as they gave an insight toward history.
The exhibit will open on Monday, February 4. Other anniversaries to be held in 2019 at the museum include the 100th anniversary of the tugboat John Purves and the 150th anniversary of the Cana Island Lighthouse.