DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1926 – 88 YEARS PRESERVING
DOOR COUNTY HISTORY – 2014
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.
Words From the President
By: George Evenson
Dear Members and others.
I don’t know how many times I have said this, but this year is flying by. When September comes along we can look back and get an idea how our plans for this year have turned out. Again, I am so proud of our Board, staff and volunteers for their effort that made for a great season.
We did reach a milestone with the opening of our Hanson House and the beginning of the Hand Tool Museum that should be ready in two or three years. Plans are being presented for expanding our popular Blacksmith shop with hopes of making it large enough to allow for more visitors and more students of the craft.
Each year more people are learning of and stopping by the Heritage Village. We hope it will continue to grow as people find visiting us is an educational experience.
Again, our Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is having a good year. Stop by and see for yourself why it is recognized as the best lighthouse destination on the Great Lakes.
News from Heritage Village at Big Creek
By: Dan Olson, Curator/Manager
What’s happening at the Village? Thus far we’ve had a fairly good attendance at the Village. There’s no question that the Hanson House has helped spur interest. We who tend the Village are asked about it very often. It’s a delight to give them directions and a short story of the House before they get there. There are docents there who are adept at telling the whole story.
Before you read this newsletter, the cement foundation of the new “Hand Tool Museum” will likely be poured. It’s been great fun watching members of the “Boys and Girl Club” working alongside some retirees to peel bark off of logs. It sounds like a tough job, but everyone seemed to have fun and worked well side by side!
The 2014 season is coming to an end more quickly than believable. The attendance at some of the programs have been mediocre, despite the excellence of the presentations. I urge and encourage our Society Members to visit the Village before we close for the season. The Village is, after all, your project and it seems prudent for our members to be familiar with that which we all support.
One of our most critical needs is to replace the roof on the School. To put it in a word: It’s ugly, and we might expect it to start leaking at any time. Thus, I can’t impress on you enough how urgent it is that we, as members of the Historical Society, to take this issue seriously and provide the financial support to get at that repair as quickly as is feasible. Can you help? If so, make your checks payable to the Door County Historical Society and mail it to Box 71, Sturgeon Bay.
To round out the season, on September 7th is Grandparents Day. This is a time for the entire family, Grandparents and parents to bring their Grandchildren and children for an afternoon of old-fashioned games and other interesting events. Then, On September 14, the Sons of Norway present their annual “Norwegian Heritage Sunday.” Come enjoy some Norwegian goodies, watch weaving, tatting, Hardanger, among other things. On Sept. 21, Bishop Paul Graf will lead us through a Moravian Love Feast, an experience unique to the Moravian Church. Since the Moravian Church has such deep roots in Door County, this is a marvelous opportunity to be a Moravian for an afternoon. Then, on September 28th we have a program about cranberries as they have been produced in our history and at the present time. And finally, on October 5th, the Village will be open for tours. In addition, we are planning an event to recognize our marvelous volunteers so please mark your calendars and plan to join us!
We are grateful for your wonderful support!
What’s New at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse…
By: Patti Podgers, Curator/Manager
The summer has flown by and I, for one, am not ready for fall’s changing colors or winter’s mighty snows. The weather has been so fickle this year that I feel as though I haven’t stored up enough body heat to get me through the cold months ahead. Sadly, the weather has had an impact on our attendance and our numbers reflect this season’s cool temperatures. However, we do have a special event planned for late September and we are excited to share the plans.
Prior to 1939, all of the United States lighthouses, lightships, and assorted navigational aids were maintained by the U.S. Lighthouse-Service. An agency directly responsible to the Federal government, the employees of the service were civilian, though they wore mandated uniforms and flew a special flag. Although I have not been able to secure an authentic uniform, I was able to locate a replica flag.
And on September 27, somewhere between 1 – 4 pm, personnel from the United States Coast Guard are going to help us raise our flag over Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. (Details will be available in the local newspapers.) As you can see, the flag is simple: A red triangle with a blue lighthouse on a white background. Unfortunately, replicas are not easily available. I would have thought with all of the interest in lighthouses, that someone or some company would have been producing the flags like mad. I was only too happy to l find one for Eagle Bluff Lighthouse! FYI, the U.S. Lighthouse-Service ceased to exist in 1939 when the U.S Lighthouse-Service became part of the USCG just in time for WWII. All personnel were mandated to either join the USCG or remain civilian employees of the USCG.
The day’s activities will also include the unveiling of our engraved brick campaign. On September 27, we will begin taking orders for bricks to be placed in the area in front of our brick wall. Bricks can be ordered to honor someone special, a birthday, a wedding, or anniversary. The information will be made available to the public for the first time that afternoon.
Finally, as a special treat, children accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge to the lighthouse. “Captain” Duclon and his wife Julia will be on hand to greet our visitors and chat about their 35 years living and working in a lighthouse. We have also been making repairs in the lantern room and will allow small groups to visit the very limited space. Hopefully, the weather will be agreeable…sunny and mild.
Bring your DCHS membership card and your admission is free. Hope to see you all there!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dickinson
Heritage Village Wish List
2 Cotton sheets, any size in good condition, for making an ironing board cover.
Red checkered cotton tablecloth, 4×4 or 5×5, oval or square
Bed pillows School clock
Pillow cases Quilt
VERY IMPORTANT – Please get your reservations in by the due date. It is ESSENTIAL to let the restaurant know for ordering their food. All the late reservations just cause problems with planning and food preparation. ALSO, please contact Linda at 920-495-0690 ONLY (leave a message) with reservation information, please do not contact other Board members. It has also come to our attention that some people are reusing pre-addressed envelopes with pre-printed barcodes to mail in your reservations. Please, please do not do that – they are routed by the barcode and go to the other address first, even if covered up, and then they do not get to us in time. THANKS for your cooperation.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 – 6:30 PM
COUN’S C CLUB
PROGRAM: 335 YEARS OF CLAY BANKS HISTORY IN 20 MINUTES,
presented by Doug Weimer
DINNER: Chicken, Belgian tripp, mashed potatoes, dressing, coleslaw, vegetable and Belgian pie – $19
RESERVATIONS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15 , 2014
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
PHONE __________________ Email:
MEMBERS & THEIR GUESTS – _____ X $19.00 =
NON-MEMBERS ______ X $22.00 = ________
2014 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
EGG HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Horseshoe Bay Golf Club
5335 Horseshoe Bay Road, Egg Harbor
Social/Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Program: The current owner of the Barns at Horseshoe Bay will give a presentation on the history of the barns and the Master Plan for the future of the barns.
RSVP by September 10th to P.O. Box 264, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
Chicken Picatta $24 (includes tip)
Herb Roasted Pork Loin $24 (includes tip)
Each entrée includes a salad, roasted redskins, chefs choice veggie, dessert, coffee or tea.
The Heritage Village is looking for a few good volunteers to help clean and mark artifacts. If you’re interested in helping out, please stop by the Heritage Village on September 12th at about 9:00 a.m. or give Jerry and Nan Krause a call. 920-746-0628. Lots of fun to discover new items and visit with the group. We’ll have coffee and treats.
We will be cleaning and closing up the buildings at the Heritage Village the week of October 6th. If you’re willing to help please contact Dan Olson 421-2332 or Mary Gilbert 495-1109. The more people we have the quicker it goes.