November 2012 Newsletter  

DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1926 – 86 YEARS PRESERVING DOOR COUNTY HISTORY – 2012
MEETING NOTICE AND NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER, 2012
Website: doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org
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, NOVEMBER 26, 6:30 p.m.
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
1756 MICHIGAN ST

$15.00
MENU: Catered by Scaturos -Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salad, Bread, Stuffed Shells, Cookies and Bownies, Coffee, Iced Tea

RESERVATIONS DUE BY NOVEMBER 19

PROGRAM: 100th Anniversary of UW Extension presented by Dean Volenberg

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Dear Friends,

Our business season ended mid-October and we are now looking forward to 2013. We wish to thank all the wonderful folks who served as volunteers at the Village, workers at the Village, and our Board members. Thank you for sharing your time. I hope you feel satisfied that your time was well spent. I do, as do our visitors and members. Next year think about becoming a volunteer. I think you will enjoy the experience.

Last month the Board created a Committee to study our Village operations. How can we more fully utilize our resources to increase the number of visitors and make the Village more educational and memorable? Next year we hope to implement some changes. I’m asking you, our members, for your comments and suggestions. Call me, Jeff Weir, Gene Remy, Bill Chaudoir, Dan Olson or Jim Maki. We want to hear from you.

This will be our last newsletter for this year. Keep warm and enjoy the holidays. We’ll see you in April.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society

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DINNER RESERVATION FORM
Reservations due by November 19

NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE

NAME _________________________________________________________________
SPOUSE/GUEST_________________________________________________________
PHONE __________________
NUMBER ATTENDING _____ X $15.00 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

NEWS FROM THE VILLAGE
Greetings to all. We have now ended the 2012 season at the Village. I love to trumpet the news that we had 1480 Sunday Visitors at the Village, up 270 from the year before. I was most pleased with those who were program leaders. They were, without exception, excellent!

This is a very good way to say a hearty “Thank You” to all the Volunteers who gave so freely of their time all summer long to make the season a success. It could not have occurred without them all! More information will be forthcoming, but we plan to have an appreciation “coffee” at the Village on December 1st at the Greene Store.

Now, we have a long list of things needing to be done before a new season. There has been a “Village Planning Committee” established to study all aspects of the Village, and, in time, you will see significant, if subtle changes made with maybe great strides, or with baby steps. It’s time for us to examine who we are, where we are going as a Village. Wonderful times are ahead.

For now, I ask that you keep us in mind as we prepare for the best season yet! We can always hope, you know!

Thanks Everyone!

Dan G Olson
Village Manager

Notes from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse…
The lamp at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse has been extinguished for another season…
The shutters are closed, the doors secured; the lighthouse on the bluff is quiet and dark. But just days ago the yard was filled with visitors–adults, children, dogs, bikes in the rack. It was a good year, a busy year, and most certainly my staff and I are looking forward to a rest. What I personally miss most is the camaraderie that Mark, Ed, Jennifer, Ann, Myrv, Edward, Marilyn, Chris and I share. The joy we take in each other is most certainly reflected in our interaction with our visitors.
So what were the highlights of 2012, you might ask. Well, let me see…I think top of my list is the weather, warm and balmy and very summery. (No storms!!) Although I loved the heat, poor Ed Felhofer was miserable. Good thing he was traveling through Alaska for the worst of it.
Our visitors were delightful, much happier than last year; very few complaints and tons of compliments. Statistically, our visitors are adults. We do cater to the youngsters during our tours, but they are definitely the minority. Sadly, we do have children who walk through the door and beg to go on a tour only to be met with “we don’t have time” or “you wouldn’t enjoy it.”
We accomplished so much…I completed a new history of the lighthouse, with “graphic” assistance from Pete Schuster. It is truly gorgeous! Available for purchase for $2.00. The house was completely re-plastered and re-painted. A new second-floor railing will be completed in the spring and the old screen door repaired and painted at the same time. We continue to struggle with the removal of the paint on the Milwaukee Cream City brick. It did not come off as hoped. Considering plan B. To be continued…
Now let’s talk numbers. The following are the final attendance figures for 2012: 7,986 adults, 665 students, 1,378 youth, and 755 children visited this season. Group tours accounted for 2,730 guests arriving on 73 buses. The Door County Trolley brings groups to the lighthouse each weekday morning; this season 2,016 visitors arrived on 102 trolleys. (Thank you, AJ Frank, for your support of our little lighthouse.) The final head-count? A delightful 15,497!!!! That beats 2010, which was a busier year than last, and storm-free. 
There are many thanks to be handed out…to my staff, first and foremost, goes a huge hug. Without their support and dedication, I could not do my job. Special gratitude to George Evenson and the DCHS Board of Directors for doing a great job at managing our organization. Kudos for a job well-done. Kelli Bruns and her awesome staff, what can I say? Without their help, we would not have found the dollars to continue and complete our restoration projects. And to the many visitors who walked through the lighthouse door, thank you. Without your admissions the lighthouse door would be shut tight.
So, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, enjoy the quiet of winter. May the keepers’ spirits rest easy and sleep well.
Respectfully Submitted.
Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager

NOMINATING COMMITTEE SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2013
President: George Evenson
Vice President: Gene Remy
Secretary: Lori Holtz
Treasurer: Mary Gilbert
Directors:
Bill Chaudoir
Margaret Gilbert
Joe Knaapen
Alice Sautebin
Linda Sealey
Linda Wait
Jeff Weir
Maggie Weir

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