JUNE 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, JUNE 24 – 6:30 p.m.
THE YACHT CLUB

DINNER: House salad with buttermilk dressing, roast pork loin, mashed potatoes, vegetable, assorted bars and cookies. Vegetarian menu: cheese tortellini with asparagus and cherry tomatoes (please indicate choice below)
RESERVATIONS DUE BY JUNE 14

PROGRAM: Nan and Jerry Krause will portray a day in the life of Sarah and Julius Warren whose 1877 home is located at Heritage Village at Big Creek. They are one of the early settler families in Door County, and have lots of family stories that reach back through all the centuries of our nation.
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Dear Friends,
Someone once said history is just one thing after another, and so it is. Because it is always changing, it is important that we, the current occupiers of time, are aware and record whenever possible current events that are occurring for future reference. I am proud of our Society’s activities bringing history to life and recording for future generations the present and the past. I am also happy that our sister Societies are expending great effort to keep alive history of our small communities. From Ellison Bay to Namur, local volunteers are successfully creating interest in local families and events that were important in building this great community called Door County. I met a couple from Chicago at Maifest last Sunday. They thought Door County was the greatest place; they drive nearly every weekend to their cottage in Egg Harbor. Judging from the crowd, a lot of people feel the same way.
A brief update on our Hanson House project: presently there is little activity at the site. Our contractor, Will Roder, has taken a contract to build a new house, and will not be available until August or September. Our plan is to begin again when he is available, then to continue until we have the house complete by early spring 2014. In the meantime, we are continuing our fundraising activities. This will be one of the finest restored Norwegian American houses anywhere. With its unusual architectural features and its original onsite location it is one of a kind. So I urge you to become a part of our project. Any contribution amount will be welcome, so come be a part of making history.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society

Heritage Village News:

Word from the Village Director

Only a few weeks and we open for the season. You’ll notice a couple of changes by the time we open. First, there is a new Highway Sign under construction between the Bridge and Michigan Street on the south side of the Highway. We hope this will draw attention to the Village and entice people to stop. The sign is designed in such a way that it is easily visible from the road and going at 45 mph (As if anyone actually does!) Then, at the Village itself, a three-sided Kiosk is under construction that will give a brief history of the Village, a map of the County indicating where our buildings came from, and also news and upcoming events. It is a unique structure and surely impossible to miss.
We are now fully equipped to take the Village Story out into the community thanks to the purchase of electronic equipment that has brought us into the modern age. We are actively seeking venues where we can be invited to tell our story.
Village clean-up and putting things into presentable order is occurring just now. We are ready, almost, to open our doors. One particular program, the June 30th program, “What’s it Worth?” with Mr. Mark Moran is worthy of your participation, but also of your talking about. Spread the word! People may exhibit articles at 2, 3, and 4 pm at the cost of $15.00 per item. Spectators are welcome for a fee of $4.00. The more we advertise this adventure, the better.
Visit us when we are open. Be ready for the Band Concert on opening day, June 16th!
Thank you so much,
Cordially,

Dan G Olson, Curator/Manager
Heritage Village at Big Creek

THANKS TO DONORS OF
ARTIFACTS

Marianne Bennett
Alvin Briggs
Keith and Shirley Burgess
Rebecca Dexter
Dodge Antiques
Dick and Audrey Fendius
Jan Gigstead
Barb Graul
Ginny Haen
David and Ann Harsh
Pat Heinrich
Ann Jerdee
Jerry and Nan Krause
Rod Krueger
Donna Larsen
Mervyn and Kathleen Maxson
Dan and Jendean Olson
Sally Schopf
Lou Seely
Barbara Timmerman
Barbara Annette Brown Williams

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Log…

Sometime in October, 1883 William Duclon took command of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. He was not alone. Julia, his wife of 16 years, and their seven sons accompanied William. Working together, they made the lighthouse a home in every sense of the word. Their story is at the heart of the guided tours we conduct at Eagle Bluff.
One of the questions we are asked most often is what happened to the Duclon family…do any of them still live in Door County. And with the passing of Vivian Duclon Shine, one of William’s granddaughters, I thought you all would enjoy a bit more of the family history.
William and Julia were married when they were 22 years old. William was a native of New York State, the son of a fisherman, and a veteran of the Civil War. He was wounded at the infamous battle of Petersburg, but survived with all body parts intact. Julia was born on Mackinac Island, Michigan; her father was the local lighthouse keeper, as were three of her brothers and a nephew. The couple met when William moved to the island after the war.
Within three years, the young couple were the parents of two boys: Ambrose (named for his maternal grandfather who probably recommended his new son-in-law for a keeper’s position) and James Albert who died in infancy. In quick succession, Julia gave birth to six more sons including Frank (who never married), William Henry, Jr., Charles, Joseph, James, and Walter.
Of the seven surviving sons, six married and five had children; eventually, Julia would make quilts and bake cookies for 27 grandchildren. By all accounts, it was a happy family, normal in every way. Although we are often asked if the lighthouse is haunted, I have never experienced anything but flighty spirits.
There is so much more to the Duclon family history, so I will continue their story next month…to be continued.

Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Renee and Todd Huehns

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