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Collectible Shotshell Reloading Tools & Hunting Accessories  

The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “Collectible Shotshell Reloading Tools & Hunting Accessories” presented by Greg Meissner on Monday, September 25, at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor.

The sport of hunting was a job and primary source of income for many sportsmen between the 1860s and 1930s. To be successful, hunters and sportsmen needed a particular level of ingenuity. Their resourcefulness is displayed through the various implements and accessories used for hunting, and in particular, shotshell reloading. Greg Meissner will present on the history and development of shotshell reloading accessories. He will bring a display of various objects from his collection, including powder measures, wad cutter and stuffers, early loading machines, and multiple use loading tools.

Greg’s interest in early hunting accessories stemmed from a lifelong interest in hunting and shooting sports, as well as an interest in antique items. While hunting, Greg used modern day shells for hunting and trap shooting and had an immediate interest when he discovered early reloading tools. Greg has been collecting hunting related accessories and tools since his wife, Marsha, gave him a hardware store shot box as a Christmas present in 1980.

Born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, Greg Meissner is a Landscape Architect and co-owner of Meissner Landscape Inc. He has enjoyed hunting and shooting sports his entire life. Greg shares an interest in antiques with his wife, which has led to his research and collection of old gunning accessories.

The Monday, September 25 dinner includes a choice of Roast Pork, Beef Rouladen, or Door County Salad with Chicken. All dinners include rolls, choice of coffee, tea or lemonade and assorted dessert bars. The dinner and program will be held at the Alpine Resortlocated at 7715 Horseshoe Bay Rd, Egg Harbor. Dinner and program fees are $21 for Society members and $25 for guests. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early for check in and seating; dinner will be served promptly at 6:00 pm.

Please make your reservation by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, with a memo stating your dinner preference. The reservation deadline is Monday, September 18. If you would like to attend the program only, please make your reservation by the deadline; the fee is $5 and the program time is 6:45. For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332 or Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society is a membership organization that operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

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