September 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, SEPTEMBER 23 – 6:30 p.m.

DINNER: Chicken, tripp, mashed potatoes, dressing, coleslaw, vegetable and Belgian pie

PROGRAM: “Door County Advocate Archives at the Library” presented by Laura Kayacan

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Historical Society Members:
I am happy to report work is beginning on our Hanson Project. After a summer of little happening we have signed contractors to replace the shingles, apply siding and install new flooring. All our efforts are to complete the renovation by June 28, 2014.
Have you visited the Heritage Village or the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse this year? Come and visit; the staff will enjoy your visit and I guarantee you will too.
By the way, if you have friends who are interested in Door County history, invite them to join the Door County Historical Society. Our monthly dinner programs are interesting and informative.
That’s about all the news I have. Be sure to read the whole newsletter and pass it on. Thank you for supporting our Society, serving Door County communities for over 86 years.

George Evenson, President
Door County Historical Society


Sept 15 – 2:00 pm – “Norwegian Heritage Day” – The local chapter of “The Sons of Norway” presents a wide variety of Norwegian art, clothing, food and demonstrations. Come watch a weaver, admire tatting, taste the lefse! This presentation uses every building in the Village, so allow time to see it all.

Sept 22 – 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm – This Father and Daughter duo present one of the most popular programs at the Village by using voice and instruments to sing “Old Time Gospel Hymns!” The two of them blend beautifully to take people down a memory lane of favorite hymns of an earlier day. Because of the popularity of this program, there will be two presentations: at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
There will also be a Blacksmith demonstration this day. (continued on reverse side)
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Heritage Village

Sept 29 – “Medical Practice in the Early 20th Century” presented by Dr. David Conger.
We all know medical practice has undergone huge changes in the last century. What would it be like to be a patient in those days? What sort of treatments would you receive? To compare and contrast, Sturgeon Bay Physician, Dr David Conger, who specializes in Internal Medicine, will provide an intriguing presentation of then and now.

Oct 6 – “The Peshtigo Fire” presented by Barb Chisholm
The Peshtigo Fire was a forest fire that took place on October 8, 1871 in Peshtigo, WI. It was a firestorm that caused the most deaths by fire in United States history. The fire was so intense it jumped several miles over the waters of Green Bay and burned parts of the Door Peninsula, as well as jumping the Peshtigo River itself to burn on both sides of the inlet town. Barb Chisholm presents this program in character as if she had been there. This is a beautifully and emotionally charged program.

From the Village
By the time you read this, we will have but four Sundays remaining of our 2013 season. It hardly seems possible. Because of so much competition of events throughout the county, our Sunday attendance is lower than it’s been, but our weekday attendance is up. It’s been very helpful having Marianne Bennett in the Village each day, Monday-Thursday. I always remain hopeful.
Two items have been met with gratitude. The booklet we printed, for one. It details the history of each building and serves as a wonderful aid in self-guiding tours. And the other is the delightful coloring book that consists of drawings of each building done by Margaret Gilbert. The kids enjoy the coloring book and the little box of Crayons we give them, too.
The latest and greatest new thing at the Village is the completion of the Schopf House. After considerable delay, the structure has been finished and furnished. It is a beautiful place to visit. Come out to the Village to tour through the house. Many, many thanks are due to the tireless efforts of Bonnie and Dan Balch, Nan and Jerry Krause, and Marianne Bennett. The danger of listing names is leaving someone out. I hope I’ve not done that. The collective effort over the years by many people has resulted in a significant addition to our Village.
The upcoming programs listed above are of particular interest. I hope they intrigue you!
Dan G Olson

News Brief: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
On September 1, 1963 Walter Duclon, keeper William Duclon’s son, welcomed visitors to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse for the first time following a three-year restoration project. With an investment of $3,000 and thousands of volunteer hours, the house was at least presentable, although far from completely renovated. Fifty years later, the little yellow brick lighthouse is glowing with vitality, its former glory evident in every room.
If only Walter could see us now! I am certain he would be so proud of his former home. After all, Walter considered Eagle Bluff Lighthouse his family home. There are so many people to thank for assisting with the final renovations and restoration; such a huge project could never be accomplished without the support of our lighthouse friends. And the list is long…
Personally, I could not have done my job without my fabulous staff. Not only are we co-workers, but we are friends. This year our staff includes: Mark Emmerling, Ed Felhofer, Jennifer Moeller, Ann Sheridan, Carol Schuster, Myrv Somerhalder Edward and Marilyn Stone. Chris Weidenbacher, in his third year, has recently been named co-manager.
The Peninsula State Park staff has been incredibly supportive and proactive in moving our projects through the state system. We are currently re-negotiating our lease with the State of Wisconsin and working through issues of artifact ownership. We are hoping to re-roof next month and await a landscape plan for installing engraved pavers in front of the stonewall. Oh, and the anchor which was in great need of repair, has been stabilized. Chris and Myrv have invested hours and hours cleaning up the yard, spreading chips, and pulling out old roots.
So what do we need to complete? Well, we are in great need of a desk for the keeper. And we are looking for books dating 1883 – 1926 for our lighthouse library box. If you have some old books to spare, let me know and I will make arrangements to pick them up. Otherwise, we are in good shape.
We celebrated our 50th with a day of special events. We estimate 800 people visited the grounds, 235 of whom made a tour of the lighthouse. We gave away gift cards from Fish Creek businesses, including: Door County Trolley, Door County Scenic Boat Tours, Gibraltar Grill, Hat Head, Nelson’s Shopping Center, Nor Door Sport & Cyclery, On Deck Clothing Company, The Peninsula Bookman, and Wild Tomato. Thank you all for your generosity!! And Joe Knaapen, you were brilliant.
So what’s next? Celebrating our 150th birthday! Only five years to go…that should give me time to rest up!!
Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager

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