Words From the President
By: George Evenson
If you read the local papers you can understand the excitement we all shared this past week. Our attendance was up and we finally finished our old Norwegian House. We will soon announce our schedule for visiting. Please take some time and stop in, there are very few examples like it anywhere.
Our programs at the School are becoming well known and people are finding them to be interesting and a fine place to spend a while. Stop by on Thursdays and learn some interesting things about our history and customs.
If you would like to join us, please do. Our volunteers would love to see you. And don’t forget our lighthouse, it is a quality visit. So stop by, and have a great summer.
We have several items including a book about the Hanson House which is for sale in the Greene Store for $7.50 – it is a compilation of information from Alan Pape regarding the house and the family history provided by Lynnette Thonne.
We just want to add congratulations to George – he did a WONDERFUL job with the Hanson House and the dedication. He deserves a HUGE thank you for his dedication and hard, hard work getting the House open on time for the giant Hanson family reunion!!!
News from Heritage Village at Big Creek
by: Dan Olson, Curator/Manager
We have truly had an astounding beginning to our 2014 season. The Village was in tip-top shape, the new General Store reconfiguration process was complete and we have received many positive comments about it. Stop in to check out the unique items we are carrying – adding new items all summer long.
Programming has gone well so far. The “Running Green” event brought a large crowd as did a wedding reception on the Village Green that lasted until 10 pm.
We welcome groups who are anxious to use our facilities. It easily spreads the word about our existence.
The Mark Moran event was also well received as Mark is an engaging and extremely knowledgeable presenter.
Most significant of all was the Hanson House dedication that brought a large crowd to the Village. The day could hardly have been more beautiful or as masterfully done. The family came from both coasts; the North and South and places between. I can’t help but wonder if some of these folks had never met. Just think of what finding and restoring an old house did for so many people. And think of the disaster if it had been demolished.
I cannot thank our Volunteers enough for their great work. We have several new people who have really stepped to the plate.
One last thing: Please remember we operate because of the good graces of people like you who share financially with us. Without your support, all our endeavors would be for naught. Thank you for including us in your generosity.
See you at the Heritage Village!
What’s New at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse…
By: Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager
Every year, we see some change in staffing for any number of reasons. And we go with the flow. This year we had more change-over than in the past four years. Ed Felhofer, who had started with me in 2011, had significant health issues, though none life-threatening, and chose not to return. I moved into the role of public relations and marketing manager and Chris Weidenbacher was named site manager. Mark Emmerling is teaching full-time and to save his sanity, simplified his life. Our biggest loss, however, was Marilyn Stone who passed suddenly in early February. We continue to miss her every day.
I asked the staff to write a bio so you all could get to know our staff. Some wrote more while others wrote a little bit. (You will meet half the staff this month and the other half next month.) So meet the 2014 docents! Thanks to all of them, we continue to “go with the flow.” Hope you all stop by and say hello…and bring your family and friends!! Patti Podgers
Like so many of our staff, Linda Fuast was a teacher…for 40 years! In June of last year, she retired from the schoolroom; nine months later, Linda and her husband had relocated to Sturgeon Bay where their daughter lives. Hard at work restoring an old home on the west side of Sturgeon Bay, Linda was getting the itch to work part-time, and we are happy she did. Linda joined us this season and reports,” I am truly enjoying my job at the lighthouse!”
With few exceptions, Lynn Halvorsen, who also joined the staff this year, has been “a lifelong Madison resident.” She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison majoring in Art History. Married to her husband Bruce since college, the couple and their families vacationed in Door County for 40 years, half of it camping in Peninsula State Park. An interior designer/main sales associate/store manager for more than 30 years, Lynn retired shortly before her husband became seriously ill. Following Bruce’s passing in late October 2012, Lynn moved to Sturgeon Bay “with our dog (son) Zeke, just as we had always planned.”
Judi Lyons is Wisconsin born and bred. A former elementary school teacher, she later set up her own interior design business. Although she lived in Illinois for 35 years, and where she raised her children, Judi chose to retire to Door County. She currently lives in Baileys Harbor. Judi also joined our staff this year.
Originally from the Milwaukee area, Sandy Miller moved to Door County with her husband and three cats in 2007. She retired from Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources in 2012, but remains very involved a volunteer at the Ridges Sanctuary, the Door County Land Trust, and the Baileys Harbor Library. Sandy joined us this year.
Jennifer Moeller lives in Sturgeon Bay with her husband, Mark, who introduced her to the Door County Historical Society many years ago. Mark’s parents, Bob and Judie Moeller, were involved in overseeing the operations of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum for several years in the 1980′s. Mark and his sister Karen Moeller served as docents around that same time. Jennifer enjoys carrying on the family tradition, working Sundays which also gives her an opportunity to revel in Peninsula State Park and its hiking and biking trails. During the week, Jennifer serves the public as the Door County Family Court Commissioner and Register in Probate in the Door County Circuit Court.
MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014 – 6:30 PM
THE MILL SUPPER CLUB
PROGRAM: Postcards from the Past, presented by Richard Lauder
(Mr. Lauder will have some discs for sale at the dinner)
DINNER: The Mill’s famous chicken dinner, includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, cole slaw, cranberries, rolls and dessert.
RESERVATIONS DUE BY JULY 18, 2014
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
Any questions regarding dinners should be directed to Linda Sealey
PHONE __________________ Email:
MEMBERS & THEIR GUESTS – Number Attending _____ X $20.00 =
NON-MEMBERS _____ X $23.00 = __________
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS ARE DUE IN SPRING. Please note – If You Have Not Paid Your Annual Dues Please Take A Moment And Do So Today. THANK YOU!!!!
2014 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
News from the WISCONSIN Historical Society
The Wisconsin History Tour is now in progress and is right in our back yard! For the entire month of July (2nd -29th), the Tour is based in Ephraim at the Ephraim Historical Foundation, Anderson Barn, 3060 Anderson Lane, Ephraim, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. In addition, special programing is scheduled or every Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the Ephraim Historical Society Foundation webpage: www.ephraim.org
From July 22 through July 26 a variety of special free programs are being conducted in connection with their PASTPORT incentive. Be sure to take the time to visit this exhibit while we are fortunate enough to have it located right here. Next time it will be close is February, 2015, in Green Bay. See the listing included in this newsletter and get your friends together, car pool up there, and have a great time! They are all FREE programs.
In addition, the exhibit features:
• Historic photos and stories
• Wisconsin story of malted milk
• Shipwrecks of the deep of Lakes Michigan and Superior
• History of the WI Historical Society
• National collection of acclaim from Wisconsin
• Portraits of the Ho-Chunk Nation
• A Civil War soldier’s letters home
• Collections that have become Curator’s Favorites
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH : Florence De Decker is a resident of Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Door County and grew up on a farm in the area. She waitressed at the Leathem Smith Lodge (The Lodge), and worked at the Dorchester for a period of time. She married and had three children. What is amazing about Florence is that she is 90 years young and still lives in the home that she and her husband built and is quite independent. She occasionally volunteers at the Greene General Store, when they have their Ice Cream Socials. Her favorite area in the Heritage Village is the garden with its beautiful flowers.
WISH LIST FOR THE VILLAGE:
Volunteers/Docents – we are in need of people to help at the Village to help man the Hanson House and Greene Store (training provided) when tours are being conducted. This requires a 2-3 hour commitment one or more days per week.
Also need volunteers to sweep and dust periodically – only an hour or two usually.
Someone to make rag rugs for resale in the Greene Store
Please contact Dan Olson at 920-421-2332 or Mary Gilbert 920-495-1109
The Hanson House is looking for Metal beds.
The Blacksmiths are still in search of a large anvil – please ask you neighbors with old barns to check for one.
DINNER PROGRAMS AND PRESENTERS
July 28, 2014 – Postcards from the Past, presented by Richard Lauder – The Mill Supper Club
August 25, 2014 – Cherries, Cherries, Cherries presented by Dale Seaquist – Mr. G’s
September 22, 2014 – 335 Years of Clay Bank’s History in 20 Minutes presented by Doug Weimer – Coun’s C Club
October 27, 2014 – Farming in Door County presented by George Evenson – Moravian Church
November 24, 2014 – Thordarson and Rock Island presented by Richard Purinton – Prince of Peace Church