The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting featuring a presentation on Funeral Practices of the Past by Todd Huehns on Monday, September 28. The catered dinner meeting will be at 6:00 pm at Prince of Peace Church, 1756 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.
Todd will tell the story of Funeral Practices of the Past through his collection of antique photographs. He’ll explore how the Victorian age influenced the traditions and culture of our modern day funerals, and how the Civil War led to increased awareness and acceptance of embalming practices. Family and friends gathering together continues to aid in the grief process. From generation to generation, the common element of community participation remains a constant comfort for the surviving family.
Huehns’ appreciation for history fits well for his chosen profession as Funeral Director at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. “Everyone has a history and a genealogy. My love for our community and its history continues to grow. Our community’s history is not that old. The ability to visit with folks that knew relatives who lived in the 1800′s fascinates me. Those strong family roots are still a part of our county today,” remarked Huehns.
Huehns Funeral home has a long and distinguished history as the longest continuing funeral business in Door County. Now Todd’s family continues the historical tradition of funeral service with the fifth continuing generation of funeral directors, his son’s Erik and Brock, follow a career path that his great grandfather laid out many years ago.
Scaturo’s Baking Co. will cater the dinner (held at Prince of Peace Church) and it will include stuffed shells, baked chicken, tossed salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread and butter, cookies and bar assortment, iced tea, water, and coffee. The dinner program fee for guests is $24; member fee is $20. To make your advance reservation, mail your check to the Door County Historical Society office P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay 54235 by Saturday, September 26. For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332 or email Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
The Door County Historical Society is a membership organization dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.