April 2014 Newsletter  

Words From the President
By: George Evenson
Greeting Society Members and friends.
This year our Society will celebrate its eighty-eighth year serving our community. Without doing a lot of research we must be one of the oldest civic organizations in Door County. A lot of water has gone over the dam, some would say. Halmar Holand and his friends had an excellent idea. And we can all agree it’s still going great guns. But why? Door County people have a uniquely strong interest in our local history and its preservation. Our Society was established with, and has remained true, to a strong Vision and Mission. Our membership has supported the Society morally and financially, through good times and bad. Our dinner meetings are well attended and unique among Historical Groups allowing members to enjoy a good meal, an entertaining educational program, and keep up with the Society’s other activities.
I have been President for some time, and having served in other groups and organizations, I am always amazed at the dedication of our volunteer Board members. It is seldom we do not have 100% attendance at our monthly Board meetings, along with a willingness to take on any challenge that comes along. And remember we always need volunteers at our Heritage Village. Try it – I’ll bet you will like it.
This year you will see another series of excellent dinner programs and programs at the Heritage Village. Some buildings will be adapted to a new use. Our Hanson House will be completed this June and open for your visits. We are sure you will be pleased. Another building will be added – a log, cedar block building, a museum of wood working tools. Don’t forget to visit our Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, we have been there 50 years and Society members admission is free.
So thank you for the opportunity to serve you, our members, and thank you for your great support in the past and for the future. Remember there are only 12 years till we get to be 100, WOW!!

News from Heritage Village at Big Creek
By Dan Olson, Curator/Manager
June 15, our opening day, seems so far off, but if members of our Society could only know how many, many things are going on behind the scenes. For one thing, the Greene Store is going through a significant change. Just now, everything in the building is being packed and stored away temporarily so the inside of the building can receive a fresh coat of paint. But that’s only part of the story. Many of the artifacts will find new homes in various buildings throughout the Village. In addition, we are expanding considerably our ability to carry inventory to sell to our visitors to help meet the financial burdens we face. Many new and exciting items will be on sale. Start your Christmas Shopping early. We might just have something special for you.
The Hanson House is by far the most extensive project at the moment. We have a deadline of June 28th to finish the structure because hundreds of the original Hanson family will be in Sturgeon Bay and at the home their forebearer, Hans Hanson built. It will be a race against time to see if see if see if we make it. In any case, people can walk the grounds, walk the Heritage Trail, and visit the Village.

For the first time we are trying out a couple of Thursday evening programs. When the program list is published you’ll know what they are. And this year, “What’s it Worth” with Mark Moran will begin at 4pm and run until 7pm on Thursday, June 26th. Mr. Moran has assured me those very hours have worked well for him in different locales.
If I say so myself, I believe we have an exciting and intriguing program schedule for the 2014 season. I’ll need to keep you in suspense a bit longer before details are printed.
If anyone has a desire to help out in any way at the Village, please contact me at 920-421-2332. There are a multitude of tasks, not least of which is moving items back into the store when the painting is done.
The future of the Village is brighter than ever! Come, take part, volunteer, and help with your monetary gifts. It is all

What’s New at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse…
By: Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager
Greetings to all of Door County Historical Society’s members! It has been a rough and tumble winter, but hopefully you all came through the cold temperatures and mountains of snow none the worse for wear. As I write this article, the first of the new season, the lighthouse door remains locked and the access road closed to the public. But don’t despair…soon enough the open sign will be posted and our staff will be smiling a welcome.
But there is lots of work to do before we kick-off the season. Housecleaning, restocking our museum shop, and hiring/training new staff must be accomplished in record time. You can only imagine the antics of the mice during our absence. They most likely enjoyed the proverbial “field day!” The staff donates an entire day to cleaning the lighthouse before opening on May 16. Until May 30 when we open daily for the season, tours will be available two long weekends including Memorial Day.
As members of DCHS, you are entitled to a free tour of the lighthouse. And this year, June 7 – 8, entry to Peninsula State Park will be free. So we are encouraging you to stop by and say “hello,” take a tour, and purchase a bit of history in our museum shop. We are celebrating a very special honor as Eagle Bluff is the 2014 Featured Light of the Great Lakes Annual Lighthouse Festival. This is a huge honor and we invite you to revel in the celebration that will continue all season. Tours are available from 10 – 3:30 on the hour and half-hour. The lighthouse closes at 4 pm. Please bring your DCHS membership card for free admission.
We do have some changes coming to the lighthouse this year…Chris Weidenbacher, a veteran of three years, was named the new Eagle Bluff site manager last fall. I would like to think he has big shoes to fill–mine–but Chris is an accomplished member of our staff and will do a great job. Loving a challenge as I do, my new role with DCHS will involve more writing and publicity. I will continue to be involved in the lighthouse operations, at least for a short bit, as Chris takes over the reins.
Finally, our lighthouse family was truly saddened by the sudden passing of one of our own, Marilyn Stone. She was truly a dedicated member of our staff, but more importantly, a real friend. Marilyn touched so many people and she will be missed by all of us.
As I look out my window, all I see is snow and more snow. Let’s all be Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” and tap the heels of our red shoes together and wish spring to arrive…tomorrow!! Well, I tried…see you at the lighthouse.

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014 – 6:30 PM

PROGRAM: 2nd half of the Non-Walking Walking Tour of Historic Buildings presented by Ann Jinkins and Maggie Weir
DINNER: Baked Chicken and Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Salads, Condiments, Bars for Dessert $17.50
PHONE __________________ Email:
NON-MEMBERS _____X $20.00 ________
I (we) would like to make an additional donation to the DCHS: TOTAL ENCLOSED:

Alice Sautebin has retired from the Board – any inquiries can be directed to Linda Sealey at 920-495-0690 and leave a message. Thank You!

Proposal for 2015 Program Nights
The Program Committee of the Door County Historical Society is proposing a new approach to programs for 2015. The format of eight events a season running on the fourth Monday of every month starting in April and wrapping up in November will remain the same. To provide for a streamlined planning process the Program Committee is looking to change start time and simplify the food and refreshment compliment of the program. This has come about due to the cumbersome nature of coordinating the food portion of programming. Volunteer time is at a premium and the duties associated with programming are many. Please review and return the survey listed below. When filling out the survey please consider volunteering for programing, anything is possible when people are willing to work to make it happen.
Start time for Program Nights currently is 6:30pm, starting with dinner and the presentation usually beginning around 7:15 to 7:30pm. If meals were to be continued an earlier start time might allow for a larger crowd of non-meal attendees. If light snacks were to be implemented a ‘social time’ might become part of the evening either at the start or end of the presentation. Please choose a time start time.
_______ 5:30
_______ 6:00
_______ 6:30
_______ 7:00
Currently all Dinner Programs include a complete meal at a cost to attendees, consumed before the presentation. The light snacks choice could include heavy hors d’ oeuvres or be as simple as a dessert table both to include a beverage assortment. The light snacks choice would not require a fee but instead have a ‘recommended donation’ or passing of the hat at the end of the presentation. Please choose a meals and refreshments option.
_____Complete meal at a cost to attendees prior to presentation
_____Light snacks and refreshments prior to presentation, with recommended donation
_____Light snacks and refreshments during presentation, with recommended donation
_____Light snack and refreshments after presentation, with recommended donation
_______Please sign me up as a volunteer to help coordinate Program Nights. Include name and contact information.
Please return these surveys to Door County Historical Society, PO Box 71, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, or place them in the ‘Survey Box’ at any of the 2014 Dinner Programs.
Thank you for your time and consideration

$100 to $249
Briggs, Al
Chaudoir, William & Cheryl
Collins, Helen J.
Dhein, Willard & Annette
Ewig, Marianne
Felhofer, Myrtle
Forbes Funeral Home
Goodwin, James
Jost Harding, Ruth
Lenius, Norbert & Patricia
Malvetz, Clare (Katie)
Mikels, Herbert
Olson, Dan & Jendean
Scully Beller, Martha
Zahn, Jay

Ellsworth and Carla Peterson Charitable Foundation
Gilbert, Ronn & Mary
Guenzel, Bill & Jo
Krause, Gerald & Nancy
Stoneman-Schopf Agency, Inc.

Dan & Bonita Balch Family Fund, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
Donnelly, Tom & Jeanne
Draeb, Joan
Forbes, Harold & Barbara
Hill Building Maintenance LLC
Pamerleau, George & Elizabeth
Puszynski, Ronald & Christine

$1000 and above
Evenson, George & Margaret
Cliff & Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation
Horton, Peter
Marian Hislop Charitable Lead Trust
Peters, Dorothy
Peterson, Jonlee
Raibrook Foundation Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

In Honor of Tom & Lee Rogahn’s 50th Anniversary
Buchholz, Brian & Jill

In Memory of Emily A. Hickey
Bellin Health
Beno, Michele M.
Junion, Bill & Mary
Kalms, Janice
Mailand, Marian
Meyer, Henry & Irene
Schopf, Betty
Zak, Willard & Sally

In Memory of Herbert Petersen
Petersen, Jeffrey
Maki, Jim & Val

Numerous unnamed Volunteers
for their dedication, time,
knowledge, donations, and energy given – THANK YOU, each and every one of you!

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