Disappearing Maritime Landscapes – The Old Grainery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

A disappearing maritime landscape. This photo of the westside granary in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin was taken during a protracted legal battle between community residents and their local government. Many wanted the granary, and the remains of the working waterfront protected. A few wanted another hotel. The piles of dirt surrounding the building we added by the city in an effort to force the issue. Despite the city's best intentions, this important historical building was saved by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society. But to save it the building had to be moved. So earlier this spring the building was jacked up, wheels…

The Challenge of Preserving Maritime Cultural Landscapes – Two Examples

Tug Owned by Selvic Marine Towing Bask In Early Morning Sunlight on a Fall Day in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  (MaitimeImages.Net/Sam Shogren) I'm sharing a post on Facebook from earlier today from the Sturgeon Bay (WI) Historical Society. I'm sharing this because it highlights the struggles older maritime communities face as they explore new paths to the future. This is compounded here because this is one of the last active shipbuilding communities on the Great Lakes and represents the industrial heart of America. I am sharing because this is a story about my hometown. Visitors tour a collection of grain elevators that…

Maritime Cultural Landscapes – A National Symposium

A new look at an old problem: how to connect the disparate elements of maritime activity both on land and offshore into one commonly understood cultural whole. Despite being a maritime nation, American's struggle when connecting the dots between shore side and maritime activities. This is true to for the managers and planners responsible for managing, protecting and presenting our shared maritime cultural heritage who work within the regulatory environment of current environmental and historic preservation law. The struggle comes from policies and practices that fragment the totality of the maritime experience. And from rules written from a land-based rather…