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Thursday, April 4 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Due to a snowstorm in February, the Door County Maritime Museum’s popular Speaker Series extends into the spring this year. Weather postponed the scheduled program by George Houde, one of the executive producers of last summer’s “Great Lake Warriors” television series on the History Channel.


Never fear, the program has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 4, at the Sturgeon Bay museum beginning at 7 p.m.


The eight-installment series centered on tug operations on the western Great Lakes. At the center of the series was John Selvick, whose family is synonymous with tug boats on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. Both Selvick’s Calumet River Fleeting operation in Chicago and Selvick tugs in Sturgeon Bay were featured in the weekly docudrama.


Houde’s own Compass Point Productions conceived of the idea and sold it to the History Channel. Houde hopes to present the short “sizzle reel” which he used in his presentation to the popular cable network but was never seen on television.


A Wisconsin native who now lives in the Chicago area, Houde said he always wanted to do something related to the Great Lakes. He climbed on board a tug for a trip across Lake Superior and it became apparent during the trip that the challenges of tug work and the colorful people who do it would make for some interesting television.


“I needed some characters and everyone I talked to said that John was a legend,” said Houde, referring to the longtime tug captain who passed away last year. “We knew we had something when we met him.”


Houde will talk about his ambitious project.


“It involved a big production crew offering  a number of shots on board, including rigging for bow, stern and pilot house cameras all feeding back to one central control location on the tug,” he explained.


The program is free of charge and open to the public with donations appreciated. Call 920-743-5958 or visit for more information.

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