By: Jay Zahn
We are now well into the fall season, and many of our projects and programs are wrapping up. We had many successful events at the Heritage Village this year and as of the writing of this letter, the final days of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse are fast approaching.
What a night at the Alpine in September with almost 100 in attendance! Just as the meal was served, the lights went out! Imagine a candlelight dinner like in 1924 when the Alpine opened. We wondered how we would have the program without electricity, when Bill Bertschinger cranked up a generator to let the show go on. He had a delightful program on the history of the resort. Many of us are envious that he has such detail of his family history.
The Tavern Tour was another great event. Trudy has so many details of the history of these places on the Door Peninsula, and everyone had a great time. We can look forward to another one of these tours in the future when we may visit other historic taverns in the area.
The annual board election meeting is in November. Maybe you can’t serve on the board, but a committee may be of interest to you: Program, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, or Heritage Village. Your organization is only as good as YOU make it and participation is the key.
For this month’s program we will return to the Moravian Church and their famous Swiss steak dinner. The program promises to be a good one on a World War II story. The author of the book “When Is Daddy Coming Home?” will be making the presentation and his book will be available for sale. I’m sure that many will have memories of that period of our history. We also will honor the veterans in attendance as we approach Veteran’s Day.
If you have ideas for an upcoming program for 2017, please let Trudy, myself, or one of our board members know about it. Many times suggestions made by our members have been some of our best programs.
Thank you for your support of the Door County Historical Society. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!
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Thoughts from the Director…Dankje, Thank you, Danke, Taak, Tack!
By: Trudy Herbst
Nan & Jerry Krause
Barb & Mike Madden
Joann & Pat Madden
Teri & Steve Madden
Eagle Bluff Committee
Warren House Curtain Rods
Ruthie & Mel Henrichs
Nan & Jerry Krause
Village Tree Trimming
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Renee & Willie McAllister—Sturgeon Bay
Don & Pam Richmond—Sturgeon Bay
Kevin & Mary Tall—Egg Harbor
Sue Todey & Jerry Whitehouse—Sturgeon Bay
Bill & Trudy Voss—Sturgeon Bay
Bob & Teresa Zimmerman—Sturgeon Bay
Happy Day, Dennis Connolly!
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Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
By: Linda Faust, Manager
Eagle Bluff staff has survived a very busy September, providing guided tours for 29 bus and 22 trolley groups. About 12,000 guests have toured the lighthouse this season, but we aren’t done yet! We still have a busy October ahead of us. October’s calendar has 15 group and 15 trolley tours. Eagle Bluff’s 2016 season will come to an end on October 21. You have plenty of time to visit the lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful fall color.
The first weekend of “Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales” featuring the Norther Door Storyteller Guild and the Eagle Bluff staff delighted over 75 guests. The final dates for are October 7th, and 8th from 6:30 until 8:00. Please join us for a family-friendly and delightful evening of entertainment.
Eagle Bluff has a new artifact…a well pump. The Eagle Bluff Staff pulled together to make this project a reality. Sue (Joe) Jarosh donated the pump; Ed Miller got the pump repaired and volunteered his time to construct the pump platform. Then, the staff personally contributed the money to pay for materials. While you are admiring the pump, please note the newly painted flagpole. Myrv Somerhalder, surprised us and painted our flagpole one Sunday evening after hours. Our flagpole was destroyed in a terrible storm in 2015. The flagpole was replaced, but never painted. Well, Myrv got the job done! The Historical Society is blessed with a giving and caring staff!
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DATE & TIME: October 24. Please plan to arrive early; dinner will be served at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: “When Is Daddy Coming Home?” presented by author Richard Haney. Haney makes an exceptional contribution to the literature on the Greatest Generation – one that is both devastatingly personal and representative of what families all over America endured during that testing time. Richard C. Haney has created a compelling, and often heartrending, picture of life in wartime America. At a time when our country’s young men and women are again away at war, “When is Daddy Coming Home?” will touch us in a remarkable way and provides excellent material for discussion; you will begin to understand the immeasurable sacrifice and come to a deeper understanding of the effects of war on everyday lives.
Veterans present at the dinner will be honored and presented with a token of appreciation.
FAMILY STYLE DINNER: Swiss steak, salad with apples and maple vinaigrette, cherry Jell-O, mashed potatoes, gravy, braised red cabbage, rolls and butter, bread pudding with citrus sauce, and beverage.
LOCATION: Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, 323 S. Fifth Ave. For handicap accessibility, please enter on Quincy Street.
Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332
President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Manager:
Linda Faust (920) 421-3636
Celebrate Your Lasting Legacy
Celebrate our 90th year of preserving Door County history! The Door County Historical Society Endowment Fund invests in keeping history alive for future generations. Your donation today secures the Society’s tomorrow. Endowment funds are held with the Door County Community Foundation. Please consider a legacy gift through your estate or mail your donation to DC Historical Society Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235.
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Heritage Village at Big Creek (HV), 2041 Michigan—Village Closed for the season, by Appointment only;
Blacksmith Demonstrations: Tues., Wed., & Thurs. 1-3:00 as weather permits; Madden Tool Museum
Construction—Thurs. 8-3:00 as weather permits
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (EB), Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek—Open Daily 10-4:00; last tour 3:30; Hanson
Norwegian Homestead (HNH), Utah Street, Open by advance appointment.
10/7, 8 6:30-8 EB Extended Hours: Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales
10/21 10-4:00 Final Day of Season at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
10/24 Mon. 6:00 “When Is Daddy Coming Home?” presented by author Richard Haney, Ph.D. at Sturgeon Bay
Moravian Church; Honor Veterans
11/28 Mon. 5:45 Annual Meeting & “Musical Notes Through History” at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church catered by
Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Café. Please note the earlier start time: annual meeting 5:45, dinner 6:00.
Need a Ride or Give a Ride!
Are you no longer able to drive? Please call George Evenson (920) 495-0639 or Trudy at (920) 421-2332 if you need a
ride or are willing to provide a ride to our members for any of our programs!
Society’s Peninsula Publications
Do you have copies of the Society’s publications “Peninsula?” We have made copies from 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961,
1963, 1969 and original copies from 2003, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009. If you would like to
either let us borrow your copies (to make copies) or if you are willing to donate copies, please call Trudy at (920) 421-