Belgian Heritage Day Celebrated at Heritage Village

Gina Wautier

The Door County Historical Society presents Belgian Heritage Day at the Heritage Village at Big Creek on July 26, 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

Beginning in 1850 many early Belgian pioneers were drawn to Door County by the rich soil. These settlers and generations of their kin have created one of the largest rural settlements of people of a singular nationality in the United States. Many Belgian immigrants made their living off the land, while others were artisans, merchants, cheese makers, forest workers, and builders. Schools, churches and towns were established and the Walloon language of these Belgian settlers is still spoken by its elders and their original customs and traditions continue with each new generation.

In celebration of their Belgian heritage, Gina Wautier will give Belgian pie demonstrations and pie sales will be held in the kitchen of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. In the Heritage Village, Barb Chisholm will talk about the Belgian settlement and the efforts of the Namur Belgian Heritage Village in the Vignes School and Belgian elders will translate everyday items and speak Walloon in the Warren House.

Enjoy Belgian history and a piece of pie during this special event. The Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. For more information, call 920.421.2332.

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