The Door County Maritime Museum will host the grand premiere of the new documentary “Lakeshore Guardians: The Story of the United States Life-Saving Service in Wisconsin” at 7 pm, Wednesday, July 21, at its Sturgeon Bay museum.
Writer, filmmaker, and producer Daniel Larson, responsible for the popular Keepers of the Door series, will be on hand to present his documentary. He will discuss the 7-year process of its creation and to answer audience questions. Guitarist Dan Weaver, who composed and recorded the music score for the film, will also be in attendance.
Between 1875 and 1896, nine U.S. Life-Saving Stations were completed along Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast, stretching from Kenosha to Plum Island in Death’s Door Passage. Staffed by a Keeper and a seven-man crew, these “storm warriors” saved countless mariners wrecked along the shore. Seven years in the making, this 59-minute documentary tells the story of their sacrifice and bravery.
Larson has spent the past several years traveling the Lake Michigan coast of Wisconsin shooting and documenting what remains of the United States Life-Saving Service. The result is a comprehensive video that includes such topics as the Sturgeon Bay Station’s rescue of the schooner Otter’s crew, the Service’s role in the loss of the Christmas Tree ship, the 1913 winter storm’s impact on the Plum Island Station and much more.
The Premiere screening is being held in the Reddin Bridge Room at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free to Museum members, $7.50 for non-members. Museum galleries will be open for extended hours that evening. Seating is first-come, first-served.