By: Jay Zahn
Well, September is upon us and everyone is wondering…where did the summer go? The activities continue for the Door County Historical Society for with monthly dinner programs and activities at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the Heritage Village.
For our monthly program we will be travelling to the Alpine in Egg Harbor. Bill Bertschinger will be giving us the history of this historic resort. Come early and take a tour of the facility and then enjoy the delicious meal that they will prepare for us as they have for many generations of Door County visitors.
September also sees the final programs at the Historic Village. If you haven’t taken advantage of our programs at the village you might want to do that in the next few weeks. The beginning of the month sees the John Muir and National Park Service Exhibit. We are truly privileged to be able to host this outstanding presentation.
The fall also sees more activity at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Many tour buses and trolley tours will make their way there and there are a number of Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales scheduled. The staff looks forward to seeing you.
And you won’t want to miss out on our next Historic Tavern Tour on September 24th. This was a great time the last time it was held and Trudy again has some nuggets of history to tell you about these county’s establishments.
This is also the time of year that we begin to think of election to the board of directors coming up in November. We are grateful to those that currently serve on our board but are always looking for others with diverse talents to assist us in future planning and projects. Please consider serving in one of these important positions.
Hope to see you at a future program!
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
By: Linda Faust, Manager
Eagle Bluff is happy to announce the addition of two new staff members; we are thrilled to have Vicki Amundson and Sandy Peterson join our amazing lighthouse staff. Without electricity and plumbing, working conditions are not always the easiest. The staff continues to persevere in spite of the hot and humid days of August; only two battery operated fans in the winter kitchen provide relief when a staff person is stationed there!
Now over 9,000 guests toured our beautiful lighthouse, including 49 bus groups and 54 trolleys. This may seem impressive, but the busiest part of our season is yet to come! Eagle Bluff has another 27 bus groups scheduled for September alone and that does not include our daily Door County Trolley groups. Our staff is also looking forward to our Twilight Tours. These delightful evening tours will take place on September 30, October 1, October 7, and October 8 from 6:30-8:00.
Although 9000 guests have toured, I am sad to report that only two of those guests have been members of DCHS. Please remember you can tour the lighthouse free of charge by just presenting your membership card. Tours are offered seven days a week from 10:00 to 3:30. Hope to see you soon!
Need a Ride or Give a Ride!
Are you no longer able to drive? Please call George Evenson (920) 495-0639 or Trudy at (920) 421-2332 if you need a ride or are willing to provide a ride to our members for any of our programs!
Thoughts from the Director…Programming Abounds!
By: Trudy Herbst
As the summer season draws to a close, programming abounds with a picnic, exhibit “Wisconsin’s John Muir,” lectures, and Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and back by popular demand, the historic tavern tour: There’s a Tavern in the Town. Check out the Calendar of Events on page 4 for a summary of programs.
In celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial, be sure to visit Wisconsin Historical Society’s “Wisconsin’s John Muir” between now and Sept. 11. The local presentation is a collaboration with DCHS, Crossroads at Big Creek and Door County Library. Our partners have planned several nature-themed activities: card making, lectures and hikes.
Each rural crossroads had three things in common: a church, a school and a tavern. Within a stone’s throw, you could get education, salvation, and…damnation! We will board a coach for a narrated tour of Door County’s historic taverns and stop at five old time saloons, explore Wisconsin’s tavern history, and have a wonderful lunch. This is a history mystery tour; you’ll be surprised by the stories. The bus departs from the Heritage Village parking lot at 10:00 and will return about 3:00. Guests will enjoy two beverage tickets for sampling and a family style chicken and ham luncheon with all the trimmings. Be aware that these are historic buildings and most have stair access.
As night descends over the peninsula, the lamp lights at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. As its beam brightens the night sky, the voices of past keepers whisper in the dark, echoing their stories. The Society invites guests to delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song, and poetry at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum at Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales. Join us on Friday and Saturday evenings September 30, October 1, 7, and 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, when the Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea, and lighthouse lore, perform traditional music, and recite legends in verse. Peninsula State Park is home to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse; a park sticker is required for entry. Member admission is free; guest fees are: adults, $7; students 13 – 18, $4; youth 6 – 12, $2. Dress for the weather.
The Program Committee, Nancy Fisher, Mary Gilbert, Tom Mather, Renee McAllister, Patty Williamson, Jay Zahn, and Lynn Zawojski, is beginning to plan the 2017 schedule. If you are interested in researching a topic for a presentation or know of a presenter, please contact me at (920) 421-2332.
I hope you take the opportunity to experience all the history that the Society offers!
Welcome, New Members!
Arlyn Lulewicz—Sturgeon Bay
William Schuster—Sturgeon Bay
D. Todd & Cynthia Ehlers—Baileys Harbor
Giz & Linda Herbst—Egg Harbor
James & Susan McAninch—Sturgeon Bay
Virginia “Jinx” Olson
Kohl’s Fish House
The Collections team will be meeting to sort, catalog, clean and tag many new items donated to the Society. If you are able to help from 9-11:30 on Friday 9/23 at the Hanson House, Saturday 10/1 in the Greene Store and, Friday 10/7 in the Greene Store. Questions, please call Jerry or Nan Krause (920) 746-0628.
SEPTEMBER DINNER 9/26 RESERVATION FORM DUE BY MONDAY, SEPT. 19
NO REFUNDS OR PHONE RESERVATIONS, PLEASE
NAME (S) _____________________________________
PHONE ____________________________ Email: __________________________
(Mark with Name) ___________Roast Pork ___________Beef Rouladen ___________DC Salad with Chicken
Members Attending ________ X $20.00 = $ ___________
Guests Attending _______ X $24.00 = $_____________
If your name is highlighted in yellow on the mailing label, please pay your membership dues.
Membership Dues = $_____________
I would like to attend the narrated bus tour of Door County’s Historic Taverns “There’s a Tavern in the Town” on Saturday, 9/24. Reservations by Saturday, 9/17 or until the bus sells out. Note: Departing from the Heritage Village!
Participant’s Names: 1) ________________________________ 2) ________________________________
Historic Tavern Tour Members Attending ________ X $60.00 = _______
Historic Tavern Tour Guests Attending ________ X $65.00 =__________
TOTAL : $____ ___________
CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
Credit Card Number Exp. Date CVC Code Mailing Address Zip Code
Print Name on Credit Card Signature
RETURN FORM WITH CREDIT CARD INFORMATION OR MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 71, STURGEON BAY, WI 54235-0071 and include your Tadych Econo Food Receipts!
DATE & TIME: September 26. Please plan to arrive early (5:00) to allow time to see the Alpine memorabilia showcased in the Tyrolean Room/West Lobby or have a cocktail in the Yodel Inn; dinner will be served at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: “History of Alpine Resort” presented by Bill Bertschinger. The Lodge was built in 1921, by brothers Paul and John Bertschinger including 20 cottages, as an American Plan resort, three meals each day were included in the lodging rates. The first golf course was added in 1930 from the developer Orin Glidden who went bankrupt during the Depression. Today, sisters Cindy and Emily run the “ship” with summer help from Christy and Carey, two other sisters.
PLATED DINNERS: Your choice of 1) Roast Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Coleslaw; 2) Beef Rouladen with Mashed Potatoes and Red Cabbage; or 3) Door County Salad: Mixed Greens, Chicken, Bleu Cheese, Dried Cherries, and Pecans. All dinners include dinner rolls and beverage choice of coffee, tea or lemonade.
LOCATION: Alpine Resort, 7715 Alpine Road, Egg Harbor WI 54235
Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332
President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Manager:
Linda Faust (920) 421-3636
Celebrate Your Lasting Legacy
Celebrate our 90th year of preserving Door County history! The Door County Historical Society Endowment Fund invests in keeping history alive for future generations. Your donation today secures the Society’s tomorrow. Endowment funds are held with the Door County Community Foundation. Please consider a legacy gift through your estate or mail your donation to DC Historical Society Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235.
Heritage Village at Big Creek (HV), 2041 Michigan—Village Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-3:00 & Sundays 1-3:00;
Blacksmith Demonstrations: Tues., Wed., & Thurs. 1-3:00; Madden Tool Museum Construction—Thurs. 9-3
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (EB), Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek—Open Daily 10-4:00; last tour 3:30; Hanson Norwegian
Homestead (HNH), Utah Street, Open by advance appointment; Collins Learning Center (CLC), Crossroads at Big Creek
Ongoing HV “Wisconsin’s John Muir,” a traveling exhibit presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society
9/4 Sun. 11-3:00 HV Cherryland A’s—Model A Ford Club, Tractor Farmall 350, Studebaker Izzer Buggy; Ice Cream Making, Tool
Museum & Blacksmith Demonstrations; Fried Chicken Dinner, Ice Cream Sundaes & Root Beer Floats
9/8 Thurs. 10:30 HV Card making: Flowers Inspired by Muir’ love of flowers, create two note cards with a flower theme, Vignes
School; no experience necessary; reservations appreciated but not required. Members $0; Guests $5
9/9 Fri. 2:00 CLC Lecture: Muir’s Flowers
9/9 Fri. 3:30 CLC Guided Hike: Muir’s Flowers
9/11 Sun. 2:00 CLC Final day of the exhibit (open 1-3:00) concludes with an illustrated talk about John Muir, one of the nation’s
most important environmental activists and writers, presented by Michael Edmonds of the Wisconsin State
Historical Society; Freewill Offering; Reception follows presentation.
9/18 Sun. 2:00 CLC Blessed by People, Stories of Life by Elaine Johnson, Sister Bay
9/23 Fri. 9-11:30 HNH Artifact Care at the Hanson Norwegian Homestead
9/24 Sat. 10:00 There’s a Tavern in the Town—Historic Tavern Tour; Bus departs from Heritage Village parking lot
9/25 Sun. 11-2 HV Apple Day: Apple Press Demonstration, Apple Peeler Collection Display, Apple Desserts and Cider
9/26 Mon. Monthly Dinner Meeting: History of Alpine Resort by Bill Bertschinger; 5:00 Memorabilia; 6:00 Dinner
9/30 Fri. 10-3 HV Village Closes for Season
9/30 Fri. 6:30-8 EB Extended Hours: Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales
10/1, 7, 8 6:30-8 EB Extended Hours: Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales
10/1 Sat. 9-11:30 HVArtifact Care in the Greene Store
10/7 Fri. 9-11:30 HV Artifact Care in the Greene Store