July 2013 Newsletter  

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 Co.

MONDAY, JULY 22 – 6:30 p.m.
THE DRAFT HOUSE
901 Egg Harbor Road
$16.95 – member
$19.95 – non-member

DINNER: Sliced turkey with maple sage glaze, stuffing, glazed baby carrots, house tossed salad and dessert, served family style

RESERVATIONS DUE BY JULY 15

PROGRAM: “The Ridges Sanctuary, Its History and Impact” presented by Steve Leonard, Executive Director of The Ridges Sanctuary
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To Members of the Historical Society,
Our year started slowly with rain and cool weather at the Village, but we are looking forward to better times. Our new highway sign will be up the first week in July, and with the bridge open, things are looking better. Again, I want to encourage you and your families to visit the Heritage Village and our Lighthouse at Eagle Bluff.
I also want to encourage you to bring in new members as well as encourage folks to volunteer at our Village. It is a great experience and you will meet interesting people.
This year we are working with the DNR to develop a long-term lease for continued use of the lighthouse property. Your Society members led in renovating the buildings making it into a valuable asset to visitors for perhaps another fifty years.
As with all our facilities and projects, we are proud of our stewardship, of saving buildings and valuable historical assets – building a sound legacy for future historians.
Remember to visit our Village and Lighthouse – they do belong to you.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Melinda Roberts

(If the label on your envelope has been highlighted, your 2013 dues have not been paid.)
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DINNER RESERVATION FORM
RESERVATIONS DUE BY JULY 15
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
NAME ________________________________________________________________________________________________
SPOUSE/GUEST________________________________________________________________________________________
PHONE __________________
MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS – NUMBER ATTENDING _____ X $ 16.95 DINNER AMOUNT _________________
NON-MEMBER – NUMBER ATTENDING _______ X $ 19.95 DINNER AMOUNT _________________
2013 MEMBERSHIP FORM
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: $15.00 ____________________
HUSBAND/WIFE MEMBERSHIP: $25.00 ____________________
INDIVIDUAL LIFE MEMBERSHIP: $150.00 ____________________

I (we) would like to make an additional donation to the DCHS __________________ TOTAL ENCLOSED: _________________
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
SEND TO: PO BOX 71, STURGEON BAY, WI 54235

Heritage Village News:

HERITAGE VILLAGE PROGRAMS:
July 14 – 2:00 pm – “Door County’s Two Canals”
at Collins Center, by Nan and Jerry Krause

July 21 – 2:00 pm –“ Congressman Ed Minor” -
by Joe Knaapen
Also: Ice Cream Social; Blacksmith
Demonstration

July 28 – 2:00 pm – “Fur Trading”
at Collins Center – by Bill Laatsch

Aug 4 – 2:00 pm – “Medical Practice in the Early
20th Century” – Collins Center – by Dr. David
Conger
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We are three Sundays into our 2013 Season as these words are being written. The programs have all been wonderful and well received. Our numbers are down from last year at this point but hopefully will improve. We seem to always have competition from so many other activities, and the bridge closing didn’t help us. I certainly encourage all Historical Society Members to pay us a visit. Our program presenters and faithful volunteers work a ton in order to make your visit worthwhile!

There is no doubt that having one of our staff in the Village itself Mondays-Thursdays is a wise investment. Marianne Bennett does well greeting and welcoming our visitors and she’s a champ at encouraging visitors to be generous in their donations. I can’t tell you the exact numbers just yet, but there is a notable forward movement which bodes well for telling the story of the Village and enticing others to visit.

We are working very hard to improve our publicity. There are many ways to share our story and we have done our best to use many of them. But we are dreaming of new ways of reaching out to the public. Stay tuned!

See you at the Village!

Dan G Olson
Curator/Manager

NOTE FROM JERRY KRAUSE:
Donations of hundreds of artifacts on display in Heritage Village are much appreciated. The list in the last newsletter was only for such gifts during 2012. Many other earlier donors have their gifts acknowledged in a book which is prominently displayed in the Greene Store. Please stop to check the accuracy of the list, and leave a note concerning any corrections.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Log…

The Duclon’s story continues…
As you may recall, last month I was reviewing the story of William Duclon, the second keeper at Eagle Bluff, and his family’s relation to the lighthouse today. With the passing of granddaughter Vivian Duclon Shine on May 21st and her daughter Mary Jane McMonagle’s visit last month, interest in the family’s history was renewed. I was personally delighted that Mary Jane took the time to visit the lighthouse, but in conversation more mysteries arose, and very few mysteries were resolved.
Let me provide an example: son Charles married Edith Ehrke in 1900, but there is conflicting information regarding whether the couple had children. One of my scraps of family history provided by Julia Duclon’s nephew David Dietrich is that Charles did indeed have children, a fact argued to the negative by Mary Jane. The future of the sons is often a topic of conversation following a tour; however, the following information is generally accepted as factual:
Ambrose was a fisherman who later worked in a Green Bay paper plant, Frank was a seaman who drowned at age 62 in a mishap, and William was a tug boat engineer who also worked out of Green Bay. Charles and Edith were married at the lighthouse and lived in Fish Creek where he worked as an estate caretaker. Joseph, (Vivian’s father), was a mail carrier, barber and caretaker of the Friedman estate; James lived and worked in Michigan. Walter, the baby, settled in Green Bay where he worked for Morley-Murphy Co.
William and Julia enjoyed a long life together, retiring from the lighthouse service in 1918. Together, they had built a cottage in Fish Creek where they lived until Julia passed in 1922, followed by her husband in 1926. They, as are five of their sons and daughter-in-laws, are buried in Blossomburg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park where most certainly Vivian will be interned.
Although our visitors would like to think some of the Duclon family resides in Door County, to my knowledge, none do. They, like so many of us, are scattered to the four winds. However, William and Julia, five of their sons–assorted daughter-in-laws and some grand-children–are buried in Blossomburg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park. Although many historical mysteries will remain unsolved, I can report with relative certainty of their final internment, including Vivian Duclon Shine. May they rest in peace…

Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager

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