October 2012 Newsletter  

DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1926 – 86 YEARS PRESERVING DOOR COUNTY HISTORY – 2012
MEETING NOTICE AND NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER, 2012
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 County.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
6:30 pm
STURGEON BAY MORAVIAN CHURCH

MENU: Swiss steak, potatoes and gravy, salad, red cabbage, rolls, pickles and bread pudding with orange sauce

$19.50

RESERVATIONS DUE BY OCTOBER 15

PROGRAM: Ahnapee and Western Railway presented by Andy Laurent

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Society Members:

Only two months left of our dinner meeting year. Throughout the year we have had good attendance. We understand the cost of meals is going up. Even with that people still enjoy coming to hear a good program and meet with their fellow members. Our Program Chair, Linda Sealey, is hard at work preparing for next year.
Our weekend programs are drawing more visitors as word spreads — “it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.“ Have you attended any programs this summer? Have you visited the Lighthouse or our Village? How about a little time at our newest attraction – the Hanson House? Only by visiting, will you get the idea it’s a great Historical Society we have “bringing History to life.” This can only happen with volunteers and your moral support and gifts. You will soon receive a letter from the Society asking for your financial support. Please help us continue the work.
Last Sunday the local Sons of Norway had their day at the Crossroads, including a visit to our Hanson House. About 50 visitors did stop by. All were impressed and enjoyed the lovely day. There is still a lot of work to be done, but please stop in and walk the grounds. Only a visit will reveal what a historical treasure this is. Mary Ann Bennett is our groundskeeper along with Jim Maki. Not a blade of grass is out of place. This winter we expect to finish the inside and next year it should be open for regular visits.
Thank you for your continuing support. Without you we could not exist.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society

= = = = = = = = = = = = cut here = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = cut here = = = = = = = = = = =
DINNER RESERVATION FORM
We must receive your reservation by October 15
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
NAME _________________________________________________________________
SPOUSE/GUEST_________________________________________________________
PHONE __________________
NUMBER ATTENDING _____ X $19.50 DINNER AMOUNT _________________
2012 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 Historical Village at the Crossroads
If we could experience a “time warp” and find ourselves living in 2112, how would we look back upon the quaint times of life a hundred years ago? Would we wonder however in the world people living in 1980 to 2010 could live under such primitive conditions? Would our progeny do justice or regard us as old fashioned? It’s a question worth pondering. The Historical Village at the Crossroad’s primary goal is to educate young and old about the marvelous legacies left by family and friends. Life certainly wasn’t easy in those days. Nevertheless, our ancestors were learned people who were educated in the school of hard work and life experiences. We find it our welcome task to be appreciative of our ancestors and to accurately define their lives and the treasures they have left us. We can certainly hope those living a century from now will appreciate what we have left to them.

The 2012 season at The Village is fast approaching its end. It has been a remarkable season with well-received and well-presented programs. We’ve had loyal volunteers give much time being the engine that drives all we do. It’s been a good season, too, because of our attendance. As of September 30th, the YTD Sunday attendance stood at 1444, 343 ahead of 2011 at the same point in time. The word is out! We can confidently say The Village has become a deliberate destination of more and more guests.

Sincerely,

Dan G Olson
Village Manager

Notes from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse…
As the winds blow cold and the leaves fall like rain, the staff at the lighthouse prepares for a long winter’s sleep. On October 21 we will cover the furniture and store the china. (The mice enjoy running on the plate rail during the winter, knocking everything to the floor!) Once we have tucked away the odds and ends, the doors will be locked and the closed sign hung on its hook.
There certainly is a sadness to closing the lighthouse for the season, but all good things must come to an end, even if only temporarily. And we all need a rest. As of October 3, 13,601 visitors have taken one of our tours. Some of those visitors arrived on a tour bus (58 to date); others arrived via a Door County Trolley (89 to date).
But the success the lighthouse has enjoyed this season is owned by many. Our staff is absolutely amazing and I want to salute each and every one of them…
Mark Emmerling, Ed Felhofer, Jennifer Moeller, Ann Sheridan, Myrv Somerhalder, Edward and Marilyn Stone, and Chris Weidenbacher…and it is my great hope that they will all return next year. Late arriving tours, cyclists riding through the lighthouse yard, miserable weather…nothing dampened their spirits or stole their smiles.
And a huge “thank you” goes out to the staff at Peninsula State Park. Our superintendent Kelli Bruns is a great friend of the lighthouse, and Arnie Lindauer—formerly state park district superintendent—is working closely with us to secure the completion of all remaining restoration projects. If you did not hear our good news, this summer we completed all interior restoration. We are hoping to re-roof next summer, based on state funding.
Oh, I did forget to mention our wonderful U.S. Coast Guard. Such handsome men! I reported to them earlier in the summer, with a follow-up call in August, that the trees are hiding our solar lamp. After consulting with Kelli, the Coasties have confirmed that the trees need to be trimmed out. The project is scheduled for sooner than later.
My personal goal was completing a historical history of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. As of today, October 4, the booklet is completed and available for purchase in our museum shop. Mission accomplished!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and a warm, cozy winter. Hope to see you all in the spring. Opening day to be announced!!

Patti Podgers
Curator/Manager

Leave a comment

Comments are closed.