By: Jay Zahn
Our 2016 season is now in full swing. Things are really humming at the Eagle Bluff Light House and Heritage Village at Big Creek. If you do not believe me, just look at the programming list on the calendar!
We had a wonderful program on the Duclons in June. Many thanks to Ann Sheridan and Ed Miller for a great presentation and answering the many questions that followed. How exciting that Judy Berg, a granddaughter of William & Julia Duclon, was in attendance! I hope you will visit the lighthouse this summer and experience up close what we saw in the presentation. Eagle Bluff is unique in that each tour is guided.
As always, we can use volunteer help at the many upcoming programs and festivals planned for the village this year. Hopefully when our volunteer coordinator, Lynn Zawojski, calls you will be able to help out for a few hours. The blacksmiths are on site at least three days a week, and if you have a project for them they will be happy to do custom work for you. I am told that we will soon have a trained female blacksmith!
Trudy says that she is working on one or possibly two future Door County Tavern Tours. The first was sold out and everyone had a great time, so look for details in next month’s newsletters. The Tea Team is looking for volunteer help to organize the English Country Tea in the Warren House planned for August 27.
Membership Benefits: Member benefits include free admission to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the Heritage Village at Big Creek, discounts on the monthly dinner meetings, and bus tours. Our membership continues to grow, and it now stands at 236—up from 160 just a year ago! Asking someone to join is simple; ask Sally Schopf who asked Arby Roth, our newest member. Your tax-deductible membership gift ensures our existence. Be a part of the membership movement….let’s double up and get to 320 before the end of the year!
This month our program is Sturgeon Bay Firefighting History. Is there a better place to have it that the former firehouse in Sturgeon Bay? I hope to see you all there and that you are having a wonderful summer!
(On a personal note…don’t forget to pay your property taxes by the end of the month!)
Membership, Donation, and
Volunteer Interest Form
I am committed to keep history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing Door County heritage.
State, Zip: ____________________________
Membership Levels (Circle One)
Family (one household: two adults
& children ages 17 & under) $40
Business or Organization $75
Nonprofit Organization $25
Individual Life Membership ($200 is
placed in the Endowment Fund) $250
Donation—Annual Fund $_________
___ Volunteer: Please contact me about
The Door County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization; your gifts are tax deductible!
P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS JULY 2016
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
By: Linda Faust, Manager
The staff has been busy catering to many bus and trolley groups. Their visits make a tremendous impact on the
attendance. New additions to the Eagle Bluff staff are Pat Klitzman and Dan Williams. Speaking of new, you will soon
see a new artifact at the lighthouse; Joe and Sue Jarosh donated an antique pump that will be installed shortly. We
look forward to your visit!
Thoughts from the Director…Root Beer Fest & Belgian Pies on Horizon
By: Trudy Herbst
Germanfest was well received by about 75 guests. Kudos to Jerry & Nan Krause for their excellent presentation on
German immigrants and to all the cooks and bakers for the yummy food.
Soon we will be enjoying everything Root Beer on Saturday, July 9 from 11-2:00! Although a few adult “beer”
festivals dot the Door County throughout the summer, this is the first family-centered “beer” event in northeast
Wisconsin. Sample different root beers including A&W, Baumeister, Sprecher Honey, Mug, Point, Stewarts, and WBC.
You will not be able to resist purchasing some special root beer offerings: “brown cows,” aka root beer floats, cakes,
popcorn and cookies. Consider joining us for lunch: root beer glazed ham or pulled pork sandwiches. We’ll have root
beer barrel candy and Sprecher’s root beer popcorn, too. Soda experiments will illustrate fun with soda pop, science
and illusion. The program team has been hard at work creating an even better event than last year. We hope you join
us for Root Beer Fest in the Heritage Village at Big Creek.
Then a few weeks later, it’s Belgian Heritage Day on Saturday, July 30 from 11-2:00. The expert Belgian pie chef
Gina Wautier will give demonstrations and Barb Chisholm will give a presentation on the Peshtigo Fire. Something
new…you may pre-order your favorite pies in advance and pick them up during the Heritage Day celebration! The
order form is on page three. And, it’s not too early to reserve tickets for the English Country Tea on August 27.
The Village docents have done a stellar job of keeping the buildings organized and spotless…thank you!
Let’s Tip our Hats to our Volunteers
Welcome, New Members!
Dennis & Bonnie Connolly—
Mark & Crista Kochanski—Egg Harbor
Barry Mellen—Sturgeon Bay
Shawn & Maxine Nehmer—Windsor
John & Pat Skoggsbakken—Ellison Bay
Arby Roth—Sturgeon Bay
Jean & Kevin Cookle
Jay & Trudy Herbst
Jerry & Nan Krause
Tom Mather & Mary Silver
Renee & Willie McAllister
In the Village
Carol Jensen & Rolf Olson
Joe St. Dennis
Hand Tool Museum Crew
Carol Jensen Olson
Joe St. Dennis
Linda & Mark Faust
JULY 25 DINNER RESERVATION FORM DUE BY MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
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Guests Attending _______ X $24.00 = $_____________
If your name is highlighted in yellow on the mailing label, please pay your membership dues.
(See form on Page 1.) Membership Dues = $_____________
I would like to pre-order Belgian pies for pickup on 7/30 11-2:00 pm. Circle your choices:
Rice Cheese Apple Prune # of Pies _________ X $10.00=$____________
Join our growing list of program sponsors. All program sponsors will be listed in the newsletter and sponsors of $100 or
more will be listed in the program brochure.
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TOTAL : $____ _______
CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
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RETURN FORM WITH CREDIT CARD INFORMATION OR MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL
SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 71, STURGEON BAY, WI 54235-0071 and include your Tadych Econo Food Receipts!
DATE & TIME: July 25, 6 PM. Please plan to arrive early, as dinner will be served at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: “History of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department” presented by Tim Dietman, Fire Chief. The City of Sturgeon
Bay was not incorporated until 1883, but its antecedents, as a community, run back as far as 1855, before Door County
was politically organized. A community built of wood, coated with layers of saw dust, and covered by a canopy of sparks
from the saw mill smokestacks realized there was a fire problem.
BUFFET DINNER: Broasted chicken and barbecue rib buffet, with mashed potatoes, tossed salad, and corn. Coffee, milk,
water and dessert bars.
LOCATION: Door County Fire Co. Banquet Room; elevator for easy accessibility; 38 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay.
PARKING: Limited parking on Third Avenue; ample parking behind the restaurant on 4th & Michigan (City Hall lot).
President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Site Manager:
Linda Faust (920) 421-3636
Lynn Zawojski (920) 493-2929
Please join our
growing list of
2016 Program Sponsors
Eddy & Mary Lou Allen
Linda Bliss—Bliss Charities
Trudy & Jay Herbst
Pete & Jelaine Horton
Main Street Market
Tony & Barbara Schmeltz
Sprecher Root Beer
In Honor of
Jerry and Nan Krause—
Lake Forest Park Road Association
Need a Ride or Give a
Ride! Are you no longer able to
drive? Please call George Evenson
(920) 495-0639 or Trudy at (920)
421-2332 if you need a ride or are
willing to provide a ride to our
members for any of our programs!
P.O. Box 71
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Program Activities & Monthly Dinner Programs
Heritage Village at Big Creek (HV), 2041 Michigan—Village Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-3:00 & Sundays 1-3:00;
Blacksmith Demonstrations: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 1-3:00
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (EB), Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek—Open Daily 10-4:00; last tour 3:30
Collins Learning Center (CLC), Crossroads at Big Creek
7/5, 13, 26 1-3:00 HV Children of all ages will join the schoolmarm and learn to read, write script and cipher.
7/6, 19, 27 1-3:00 HV Meet Grandma Warren in the farmhouse built just after the Civil War. Then visit the neighbors
at the Schopf House and Madden Tool Museum.
7/8 Fri. 1-3:00 Bring your jugs, spoons, bones or washboards to form “jug band.” Don’t have one? The Village
has a few extra to share. Try making sounds from these early musical instruments.
7/9 Sat. 11-2:00 HV Root Beer Fest—Everything root beer: food, fun, floats and sampling seven different varieties
7/12, 20, 8/2 1-3:00 HV Meet the Greene General Store keeper, see 1890s merchandise, shop for penny candy,
and learn about new inventions. Explore the Heritage Garden and see what is growing.
7/15 Fri. 1-3:00 HV G Scale & Z Scale Model Train Displays—presented by David Ward
7/17 Sun. 2:00 CLC History of Theater in Door County—presented by Audra Baakari Boyle, Peninsula Players and
Holly Feldman, Northern Sky Theater
7/24 Sun. 2:00 CLC Susan & Elizabeth: A Friendship of Consequence—A compilation of excerpts from the
speeches, writings, and letters of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—written and
performed by Susan Kohout and Chris Milton
7/25 Mon. 6:00 Dinner & Program “History of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department” presented by Tim Dietman,
Fire Chief, at Door County Fire Co., Sturgeon Bay
7/30 Sat. 11-2:00 HV Belgian Heritage Day: Pies for Sale and Pie-making demonstrations; Peshtigo Fire by Barb Chisholm
8/1 Mon. 9:00 Book distribution at Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay: John Muir’s “The Story of My
Boyhood & Youth” for the book discussion to be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2 pm at CLC.