The curtain has been pulled back at Sturgeon Bay's City Hall. Friday night, the city and the Maritime Museum unveiled "Shadows of Our Maritime History" a series of nineteen shadow boxes celebrating the region's rich maritime history. Many of the city's most renowned nautical figures were in attendance for the ceremony.
President of Palmer Johnson Yachts Mike Kelsey says the exhibit is a treasure. He says it strikes a chord with his own memory of growing up around the area's various marine giants.
The ornamental boxes decorate both the first and second floors of city hall, offering visitors an immortalized look at area nautical businesses and organizations like the Christy Corporation, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety Division, Selvick Marine, and the Sherwood Point Lighthouse.
Bay Shipbuilding President Gene Caldwell is still flabbergasted by just how much the region acknowledges and celebrates its history on the water.
A ceremony before the unveiling included a presentation of colors from a combined group of Sturgeon Bay policemen, firemen, and the US Coast Guard, speeches by mayor Thad Birmingham and John Roen Asher, and the national anthem presented by Miss Door County, Zephyr Ciesar.
"Shadows of Our Maritime History" opened to the public at City Hall at 8:30 AM Saturday.