Think & Drink Programs

Our Thursday Think & Drink programs feature a range of historical and maritime experts. It is the first Thursday evening of every month, starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free in person and online, and there is a limited cash bar that features a specialty cocktail and non-alcoholic alternative related to the theme of the talk. Doors and bar open at 6:00 pm.

This year we are celebrating the women, both historical and modern, who shaped the maritime world with this year’s theme: Great Women of the Great Lakes and Beyond.

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May 2nd – We Do This for the Water

Drink Pairing: Non Alcoholic Cedar Tea Tasting

Please join us for the presentation “We Do This for the Water” with Siobhan Marks/Zeegwan Noodenese. The featured drink of the night will be Cedar Tea. 

Josephine Mandamin was an Anishinaabe elder and Water rights activist who walked around the Great Lakes, more than 10,000 miles, to raise awareness about water pollution and the sacredness of Water. Join Siobhan Marks as she tells the story of Grandmother Josephine and her fellow Water Walkers, their sacred walk, and what it meant to her community and the world.

Out of respect for Josephine and Water, this event will be a nonalcoholic event. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm. The talk and live stream portion begin at 6:30 pm. To access the live stream of this event, please register here:

Registration is required to access the livestream of this event. 

Admission is free both in-person and virtually.

June 6th – Think & Drink at Sub Pub: The Music of Victory at Sea

Drink Pairing: Suffering Bastard

In 1952-53, NBC brought WWII right into American living rooms as network television found its way into homes across the country. Victory at Sea’s 26 episodes, with their vivid orchestra score and footage sourced from 14 warring nations, took viewers into every theater of the war. Join Professor George Ferencz to learn about NBC’s prize winning WWII documentary series.

August 1st – Think & Drink at Sub Pub: Dance Styles from the 30s, 40s, & 50s

Drink Pairing: Dance the Night Away Punch

Dancing during WWII was one of the few ways people could escape the pressure of life both on the warfront and at home. Learn about the popular dance styles from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.


September 5th – From the Sea to the Stars: The Life and Death of Astronaut Laurel Clark 

Drink Pairing: Sea of Tranquility Fizz

Astronaut Laurel Clark, from Racine, WI, was an accomplished doctor, U.S. Navy captain, and NASA astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. Before she worked in space, Clark was the medical department head for a submarine squadron and preformed numerous dives to evacuate submarines in medical emergencies. 

October 3rd – The History of Female Pirates

Drink Pairing: Grog

Despite pirates being a perennially popular topic, female swashbucklers are often overlooked. Yet there have been numerous female pirates who have terrorized the seven seas. Learn about these women who sought their freedom in the sea and found infamy. 

November 7th– Ladies of the Light: Georgia Stebbins and Female Lighthouse Keepers

Drink Pairing: Dark & Stormy

In 1873, forty-six years before women were allowed to vote in America, a lady named by the name of Georgia Green Stebbins managed the North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee. She became the longest-serving lighthouse keeper in North Point history, never missing a night for 26 years.

December 5th – Women on Submarines

Drink Pairing: Torpedo Juice

In 2010, the ban on women serving on submarines was lifted. In 2022, two women made history: Lt. Cmdr. Amber Cowan became the first female Executive Officer on a submarine and Master Chief Information Systems Technician (Submarine) Angela Koogler became the first female Chief of the Boat. 

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