A History of Egg Harbor

As a prelude to the Village of Egg Harbor’s EGGstravaganza activities on Aug. 23, the Egg Harbor Historical Society will have a free program celebrating the Village’s 50th anniversary at Harbor View Park.

The celebration will include DVDs to view and historic photos on display in Harbor View Park from 11 am – 3:30 pm, as well as stories and answers to questions by some of the “locals.” Free Barnyard Olympic games will be available for the kids. Picnic food will be sold from 11 am – 3:30 pm. The EGGstravaganza’s egg auction activities start at 4 pm.

Free self-guided historic village walking tours will be available as well as a guided tour of the Alpine Resort at 11 am, a guided tour of St. John the Baptist Church at 2 pm and a guided tour of the Cupola House at 3:30 pm.

The highlight will be a 12:30 pm visit from “Elizabeth Baird,” a great-granddaughter of an Ottawa Indian Chief, a daughter of a fur trader, a wife of a frontier lawyer and a writer of pioneer life in emerging Wisconsin. Baird will reminisce, through personal accounts, what it was like to arrive in the Green Bay (Fort Howard) area as the young wife of Henry Baird who was unable to speak or understand the English language and ill-equipped to run a well-ordered household for her ambitious husband.

Louis Ducharme, fiddler of the time, will accompany Baird. Baird is portrayed by Beverly Smith, an educator, actress, and musician who portrays a number of ladies from history. She is active with the Heritage Players, a local theatre group she and her husband, Stuart, co-direct which performs historic programs in the Green Bay/De Pere area. Louis is played by Smith’s friend Peg Hardt.