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Door County Parks  

The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear program “Door County Parks,” presented by Erik Aleson on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 in the Collins Learning Center adjacent to the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

What has 992 acres, 12 miles of state trail that was a railroad, 7 launching ramps, 3 swimming beaches, 16 restrooms, and numerous picnic and playground facilities? If you guessed the Door County Park System, you are right! 19 County parks, some established as early in the 1920’s, dot the countryside. Program participants will meet the Door County Parks Director, learn park system history, and past and future park projects. Guests will be invited to tell about their favorite county park and their stories they might like to share.

Serving as the Door County Parks Director for the past five years, Erik Aleson continues to learn about the interesting history of the park system.  Erik is a University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point graduate, with over 16 years of experience with county park administration. Southern Door residents, Erik and his wife Janel, are raising eight children; they enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking and camping.

“Door County Parks” will be held on Saturday, September 30, at 2:00 pm in the Collins Learning Center, adjacent to the Heritage Village at Big Creek, at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to support the restoration and accessibility of the Vignes School. The Heritage Village is an interpretive site of the Door County Historical Society and is open prior to the presentation, and on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 until 3; Adult Heritage Village admission is $6.

The Door County Historical Society’s next program in the Yesteryear series will be, “Peninsula State Park in Postcards,”. This program will be on Saturday, October 7, at 2:00 pm in the Vignes School at the Heritage Village at Big Creek. For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332,, or email

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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