Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (September 22, 2022) – Each Fall, Winter and Spring, the Door County Maritime Museum hosts experts and interesting characters from around the country for the Maritime Speaker Series (presented in partnership with series sponsor the Door County Medical Center). The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs – from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them.
The Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series programs are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, beginning at 7pm, on the second floor of the Museum in Sturgeon Bay, as well as online. There is no cost to attend; we suggest bringing a donation of a non-perishable food item, or if watching online, we ask you to donate to your local food pantry.
The first presentation of the 2022-2023 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be held both in person and online on Thursday, October 6 at 7pm,featuring “The Storied History of the S.S. Spartan and the S.S. Badger on Lake Michigan,” presented by Shelby Soberalski, Director of Marketing and Sales at the S.S. Badger.
Built in Sturgeon Bay and launched in 1952 as the largest coal-fired ferries in the United States at 410 feet in length each, the S.S. Spartan and the S.S. Badger continue to serve citizens traveling across Lake Michigan, albeit in very different ways. Join us as we learn more about the last coal-fired passenger steamship operating in the United States, how the S.S. Spartan continues to serve the community, and the future of these storied ships.
Shelby Soberalski is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Lake Michigan Carferry and coordinates group sales aboard the S.S. Badger. She has been with the company since October 2019. Shelby is a proud Ludington native and graduated from Ferris State University’s College of Business in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Marketing, with a minor in Art History. She enjoys keeping the history of the S.S. Badger alive and promoting her bright future.
More information, and a link to register for online presentations, is available at www.dcmm.org/maritime-speaker-series .
2022-2023 Speaker Series Lineup
- October 6: The Storied History of the S.S. Spartan and the S.S. Badger on Lake Michigan, presented by Shelby Soberalski, Director of Marketing and Sales at the S.S. Badger.
- November 3: Aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Fleet, presented by Jerry Achenbach, Superintendent of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.
- December 1: Hope for Sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Sturgeon(less?) Bay, presented by Titus Seilheimer, Fisheries Outreach Specialist with Wisconsin SeaGrant.
- January 5: The Berylune: Journey of a Door County Boat, presented by Brennan Christianson, Door County Maritime Museum Collections Coordinator and Gills Rock Site Manager.
- February 2: Love and Life on the Great Lakes with Mr. and Mrs. Captain, presented by Peggy O’Connell and Captain Raymond Sheldon, Captain of the Joseph L. Block.
- March 2: Stories of Maritime Mayhem on Milwaukee’s Waterways, presented by Matthew J. Prigge, Wisconsin Historical Society.
- April 6: Captain Dan Seavey: A Pirate Behaving Badly on the Great Lakes, presented by Samantha Engel and Aaron Guylas, historians and creators of Great Lakes Lore Podcast.
- May 4: Between Boats and Brews: Captain Pabst’s Interesting Career Switch in Wisconsin, presented by Dave Fehlauer, President of the Pabst Mansion Volunteer Council.
Additional in-kind support for the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series is provided by Bridgeport Resort.
For questions about the Maritime Speaker Series, please email Andrea Stromeyer, Educational Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.