President’s Message
By: Jay Zahn
It’s hard to believe, but April has arrived and so our monthly evening dinner meetings begin. We have an exciting list of programs for you in this our 90th anniversary. We’ll begin with Bob Lettenberger of the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. Bob has presented many programs in the National, State and Local media so I’m sure it will be a very interesting evening. We will meet at St. John Bosco School on April 25th for a delicious chicken dinner. Invite your friends, especially those that may be interested in becoming a members of the Historical Society.
This has been a successful winter as we held three events. Preparations are underway for the opening of the Historic Village at Crossroad and the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Linda Faust has been hired as the new Lighthouse Manager; she will join Facility Manager Chris Weidenbacher, and we look forward to working with them for another successful season. One addition this year is that we will accept credit cards at both locations and the Society office. This will be a big help since many in our ever-changing society no longer carry cash. As members you don’t have to worry about that since membership gives you free admission.
One of the events that really went over well this winter was the Historic Tavern Tour of Door County. Many of you were on a waiting list since the bus filled up. A possibility of a repeat of this program may occur this year so watch for information if this becomes a reality.
Our membership continues to grow. We appreciate the donations made with your membership in the preservation of Door County history. Please also consider a donation to our Endowment Fund that will make it easier to fund upkeep projects in the future.
I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming program!
Thoughts from the Director…Celebrating 90 Years!
By: Trudy Herbst
Talking with Eddy Allen and George Evenson on the monthly history radio show, I asked George, “What season is it in an agricultural year?” George explained it is the waiting or patience season. I asked if he meant waiting for the maple syrup to flow. George gave me another agricultural history lesson explaining that in order for the maple syrup to flow we need warm days and cold nights. Now, I totally understand why Mary Gilbert rushed off the Historic Tavern Tour bus to tap the maple syrup. The tavern tour day (February 29) was in the 60s. We had a most remarkable day with a busload of pleasant history enthusiasts.
During the past year on more than one occasion someone has joked about the Historical Society as the Hysterical Society. Truer words have never been spoken. At our monthly meetings we have lively, interesting, and fun discussions. Whether attending a monthly Society events on programs, personnel and finance, the Heritage Village at Big Creek, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, or any other facet of Door County history, we are hysterical about history…and that my friends, that is a very good thing!
1926 – 2016 April News
Our Mission: The Door County Historical Society strives to collect, maintain and share the history and heritage of Door County through preservation, education and programming.
Our Vision: We envision a Door County Historical Society that is committed to keeping history alive for future generations through collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County.

APRIL 2016
Membership, Donation, &
Volunteer Form
I am committed to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation & sharing Door County herit-age.
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Address: _____________________________
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State, Zip: ____________________________
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Membership Levels (Circle One)
Individual $25
Family (one household: two adults
& children ages 17 & under) $40
Business or Organization $75
Nonprofit Organization $25
Individual Life Membership ($200 is placed in the Endowment Fund)

$250Donation—Annual Fund $_________
___ Volunteer: Please contact me about volunteer opportunities!
The Door County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; your gifts are tax deductible!  If you are not a member, please consider joining us!

4th Monday Monthly Dinner Programs—all begin at 6:00 pm
Tools of the Past
With sincere appreciation to Mike & Pat Madden for the Plaid Flannel Shirt Optional Program, Tools of the Past. Everyone enjoyed the program, tool displays, tool boxes and audience participation. Thanks to Joanne & Pat for the wrench and daffodil centerpieces that brightened the tables; to the many prize donors and members of the audience that helped contribute to the endowment fund. So many tools, so little time!
Now Hiring!
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum is looking for enthusiastic and history loving paid tour guides to tell the story of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Work as a Greeter, Give Tours, Sell Merchandise & Admissions 2-3 days/week, 10-4 daily, occ. Weekends, LTE, Located in Peninsula State Park. Submit request for Job Description or Work Summary, Job Skills & 2 letters of reference to eagleblufflighthouse@gmail.com by April 11, EO/AAE

April 25
Wisconsin Railroads: From the Lead Mining Badgers to Transportation for Door County Cherries—Bob Lettenberger of the National Railroad Museum
St. John Bosco School
May 23
Camp Meenahga (1916-1948) – Kathleeen Harris, DNR at Peninsula State Park
Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille
June 27
Captain William & Julia Duclon, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Keeper—Ann Sheridan & Ed Miller
Log Den
July 25
Door County Fire Fighting—Tim Dietman
DC Fire Company
August 22
U. S. Lifesaving Service—Captain Robert Desh, USCG Retired
Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club
September 26
History of Alpine Resort with Tours at 5:00 pm—Bill Bertschinger
Alpine Resort
October 24
To Be Announced—Program Regarding Military Service
Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church
November 28
Musical Notes Through History—James Valq (Third Avenue Playhouse)
Prince of Peace Church,

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PROGRAM: Come aboard as we explore the dreams, triumphs, scandals and disasters that make up the Badger State’s railroad history on Monday, April 25. “Wisconsin Railroads – From the Lead Mining Badgers to Transportation for Door County Cherries!” by Bob Lettenberger of the National Railroad Museum. If there’s Germans in Kansas, then how did they get there? Railroads are woven into the fabric of our country, in every corner of Wisconsin including the Door Peninsula. They played a key role in developing the nation we live in today. In the discussion Bob will shine some light into the various corners of our country. Along the way we will cover some interesting aspects of railroad development on the national, state and local levels. We’ll look at how the trains influenced our communities and who settled them; and find out why those Germans ended up in Kansas. If that’s not enough, we’ll talk about incidents that could be the origin of the Wisconsin–Illinois rivalry. All aboard! This will be a fun ride.
FAMILY-STYLE DINNER: Jell-O salad, baked chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, rolls and butter, dessert and coffee.
LOCATION: St. John Bosco School parking lot is located on Maple Street, just east of Duluth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay; Handicap Accessibility is located on Juniper Street.
Welcome, New Members!
Madelyn Ostrand
Linda Sealey
Greg & Marsha Meissner—Sturgeon Bay
Nina, Nichole & Chase Robinette—Sturgeon Bay
Catharine Edgewood—Algoma
Karen Cowan—Sturgeon Bay
Cheryl Tieman—Sturgeon Bay
Lorraine Wiegand—Sturgeon Bay
Business or Organization
LFP Design—Pete & Carol Schuster,
Sturgeon Bay
Sunnypoint Landscape—
David & Lynn Zawojski, Egg Harbor
In Memory of
Elmer DeDecker—Florence DeDecker
Bob & Lou Jost—Jeff & Ruth Harding
Dr. Jerome Podgers—Jon & Judy Hollingshead
Orv Schopf—Sally Schopf

(920) 421-2332
P.O. Box 71
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Program Activities & Monthly Programs—(The Heritage Village at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street,Sturgeon Bay & Eagle Bluff Lighthouse at Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek are “Closed for the Season.”)
4/9 Sat., 4/15 Fri., 4/23 Sat., 4/29 Fri. 9-11:30 am Artifact sorting, labeling and cleaning—Greene General Store
4/25 Mon. 6:00 pm “Wisconsin Railroads: From the Lead Mining Badgers to Transportation for Door County Cherries” presented by Bob Lettenberger, National Railroad Museum, in partnership with Peninsula Genealogical Society, at St. John Bosco Parish Hall
5/12, 13, 14 Thurs., Fri., Sat. Rummage Sale Items Drop Off Dates & Heritage Village Cleaning
5/20 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Opens
5/23 “Camp Meenahga 1916-1948” by Kathleen Harris at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille
5/31 Heritage Village Opens
6/3-4, Fri.-Sat. Grandma’s Attic Rummage Sale—Vignes School at Heritage Village at Big Creek
Looking for Volunteers Artifact & Collections Committee: We have collected a good number of new artifacts during the past year. Now it is time to clean, label and put them into service prior to the Village’s opening on May 31. Please let Jerry or Nan Krause (746-0628 or gaknak@charter.net) know if you are available on any of these dates (4/9,
4/15, 4/23, 4/29) from 9-11:30 am at the Greene General Store in the Heritage Village.
Need a Ride or Give a Ride! Are you no longer able to drive? Please call 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!
Contact Information: President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Executive Director: Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332 Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Manager: Linda Faust (920) 421-3636

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