May 2013 Newsletter  

MONDAY, MAY 20 – 6:30 p.m.
THE LOG DEN

DINNER: lasagna (regular and vegetarian – please specify below), garlic bread, Italian mixed vegetables,
coffee, tea and light dessert.
RESERVATIONS DUE BY MAY 13

PROGRAM: Chief Oshkosh: Door County Ambassador presented by Lauren Bremer

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Dear Friends,

As this year begins your Board and our volunteer teams have been busy preparing for this new season at our Village. New brochures and signs and upgrading our websites and rack cards have kept our team busy. The day will come when this work can be done by a paid employee; until that day comes, it’s done by our Board members willing to share their most valuable possession, their time. When you meet any of our team, take a moment to personally thank them.
Take time this summer and visit our Heritage Village and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Discover the history of the Village; buildings were selected because each one represents something that has important historical significance in developing our nation and our own community. There is something to learn, and we will provide information and at certain times guided tours. Check program schedules on-line or at the new kiosk. To find us, follow the signs. We are carefully hidden, in plain sight behind the trees at the corner of Michigan and STH 42-57. See the lovely gardens and take the Heritage trail to the Hanson farm grounds, open this year for the first time.
So plan an outing to the Heritage Village. Remember these facilities belong to you, our members. We, the Board of Directors, are elected by you to guide your organization. If you like what we are doing, tell us and your friends and encourage them to join the Historical Society.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Randy Bumgardner, Arlene Johnson, Chris Wiedenbacher, Ralph and Judy Rabach, Nyla Small, Cathy Vuksanovic, Linda Wait, Gail Zahn, Jay Zahn, and Janet Zieman.

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DINNER RESERVATION FORM
RESERVATIONS DUE BY MAY 13
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
NAME ________________________________________________________________________________________________
SPOUSE/GUEST________________________________________________________________________________________
PHONE __________________
PLEASE INDICATE CHOICE: ____ REGULAR LASAGNA ____ VEGETARIAN LASAGNA
MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS – NUMBER ATTENDING _____ X $ 18.00 DINNER AMOUNT _________________
NON-MEMBER – NUMBER ATTENDING _______ X $ 23.00 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:
Greetings to you all from the Heritage Village at Big Creek. It seems only a short time ago since we turned the key in the lock to close our 2012 Village season. It had been a very fine summer, indeed. So now it was time to take a breath of fresh air and relax for a bit. But I should emphasize “just a bit!” It is now only about 6 weeks before we open for yet another year. The programs are set to go, work is progressing. But there is so very much work to do behind the scenes to be ready. Building and artifacts are cleaned. Supplies are purchased. Volunteers are recruited. And the list goes on. This spring we are in the process of installing an office in the Greene Store that will seem, for all intents and purposes, as if it had always been there. Thanks to Ronn and Mary Gilbert we will have a roll top desk, fitting to our era, sitting in one of the front windows, with an antique office chair to match. Thanks to the wonders of technology, it will be equipped with a computer and wirelessly connected to a printer in the back room. We will have far more flexibility for copying and printing than we have had, along with making posters as needed. The Schopf House is so very close to being open for the season. The Hanson House will be dedicated this summer and, as progress allows, people will have the ability to at least visit the site. When you see one of our dedicated volunteers, give them a big ‘thank you’. Also, consider getting involved as a volunteer yourself. It is so very rewarding and fun! It is my goal that this season will be the best yet. Last year’s attendance was the highest on record. Can we outdo ourselves? Let’s hope. Thank you for all your support and help. I look forward to seeing you often at our Sunday programs! And invite your neighbors!

Cordially,

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

50 years later…

Looking back in history is always eye-opening…how much we forget and how little we remember. A junior in high school in 1963, I was more interested in current events than many of my classmates. Even then history was “my thing” and I enjoyed scanning the newspapers and tuning into Walter Cronkite’s evening news broadcast. But my recall of the events that captured our attention 50 years ago is sketchy at best. So I turned on my computer and finger walked down memory lane. Hope you enjoy the stroll…

Top 12 events of 1963, one for each month:
January 14 – George Wallace was elected governor of Alabama for his first term.
February 25 – Betty Friedan published “The Feminine Mystique.”
March 5 – Country singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash.
April 22 – Dr. Michael De Bakey implanted an artificial heart in a patient for the first time.
May1 – The diet drink Tab debuts.
June 12 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is murdered in Mississippi.
July 1 – The U.S. Postal Service introduced the zip code system.
August 28 – Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
September 1 – ?????
October 13 – The term “Beatlemania” is coined after the Beatles perform at the Paladium.
November 22 – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
December 8 – Crooner Frank Sinatra’s son was kidnapped.

So, did you recall some of these footnotes in history? More importantly, did you recall the major event that fills in the September 1 blank? Unfortunately, the answer doesn’t appear in a Google search. Well, let me help you out…Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum opened to the public for the first time. If you got the answer correct, congrats! You are the star of DCHS!! Now, let’s see you all at the lighthouse this season. It is going to be a huge anniversary celebration. Bring your membership card for a complimentary tour.

Oh, by the way, in 1963 the average house cost $12,650.00, the average yearly income was $5,807.00, the average cost of a new car was $3,233.00, the gas to fill up the car was 29 cents a gallon, and a loaf of bread was 22 cents. Be still my heart…

Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager

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