Self Portrait 2006 - Richard Lauder

Peninsula State Park in Postcards  

The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming “Peninsula State Park in Postcards,” presented by Richard Lauder on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 in the Vignes Schoolhouse at the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

Officially established in 1910, Peninsula State Park is an ever-changing location on the Door County Peninsula. Through his collection of postcards, Richard Lauder has created a “rare Peninsula Park experience, no longer available to today’s visitors.” The presentation will include a visual display of postcards with sound effects and messages written long ago. Using the old postcards as touchstones to illustrate stories of the past, Richard has spent the time and effort to reveal the treasured history of the Park.

Richard grew up in Door County. In the early 1960s, he operated the Summer Solstice Art Gallery in Fish Creek and continues to pursue his favorite profession as a watercolorist. After retiring from the Verona High School art department, he became interested in the historic postcards and written history of Door County. Collecting postcards over the past forty years, he has acquired more than 700 Peninsula Park cards, with some images dating over 100 years old. His interest in history and his artistic skillset developed this program into a “visual trip back in time.”

“Peninsula State Park in Postcards” will be held in the Vignes School on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 pm at the Heritage Village at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to support the restoration and accessibility of the Vignes School. The Heritage Village is an interpretive site of the Door County Historical Society and is open prior to the presentation, and on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 until 3; Adult Heritage Village admission is $6.

The Door County Historical Society’s final program in the Yesteryear series, “Apple Day Festival” will be on Saturday, October 14, from 10-3:00 in the Heritage Village at Big Creek.For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332,, or email

Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society is a membership organization that operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay


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