The effort to reimagine the original Door County Bookmobile got a boost from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, which awarded $10,000 to the Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) to design a template to create historical presentations with the bookmobile.
Julie Hein, a nationally recognized expert on heritage interpretation, has been retained to design the program template.
“Our Making History Mobile project supports Wisconsin Humanities’ mission to strengthen the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination,” said Myles Dannhausen Sr., president of EHHS.
The bookmobile service began as a two-year demonstration project in Door County in 1950 to expand literacy in rural communities. It quickly became an important tool to connect isolated communities to each other and the rest of the state. In 2014, EHHS bought the bookmobile with hopes to restore it to both preserve a part of local history and take history presentations on the road.
The grant is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Learn more about the project at bookmobiledoorcounty.org.