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Door County is rich in history, from its most prominent founding citizens to the business leaders who embraced tourism to make it the destination it is today. It’s a history of orchards, farming, and fishermen, but also of potters, artists, and writers. But more than anything, it’s a history told in the lives of the remarkable people who’ve called it home for a spell or a lifetime. Door County Pulse tells them all.

  • SCHRECK NAMED TO WISCONSIN COUNCIL FOR LOCAL HISTORY

    Cody Schreck, the curator and collections manager for the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF), has been selected to serve a two-year term as the northeastern representative of the Wisconsin Council for Local History – an association of 400-plus local, county and specialized historical and heritage organizations that are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.  In this role, […]

  • History Mystery

    A lot has changed since this photo was taken, but all of the buildings shown here still stand today. Do you know where this was taken and which businesses occupy these buildings today? 

  • DC Talks Speakers Connect with Their Roots

    The Door Community Auditorium will continue its Door County Talks series with “Ancient Roots: Connecting Our Shared Histories,” presented by Waqnahwew Benjamin Grignon and Pitaepanuhkiw Lucy Grignon on March 5, 10 am. As homesteaders, the Grignons, of the Menominee Nation, have been reconnecting to their cultural inheritance through the land, plants and wildlife on their […]

  • POTAWATOMI THE FOCUS OF NEXT DC TALKS PROGRAM

    Joseph P. Daniel Sr. and Starla Thompson will deliver the Door County Talks presentation “Potawatomi Nation through Time” on Feb. 19, 10 am, at Door Community Auditorium (DCA). They will guide the audience through a timeline of the Potawatomi people, detailing the major events in their history from pre-European contact to the present day. Door […]

  • DCA Reschedules First Nations Talks

    Door Community Auditorium has rescheduled a planned series of talks about First Nations in response to the increase in COVID-19 infections in the area. The series will open Feb. 12 with Margaret Rose Ellis, Yotsi’nahkwa’talihahte; and Mirac Ellis, Shako’tsyuntha, speaking about the Oneidas. Originally from New York State, the Oneidas came to Wisconsin through “a […]

  • Downtown Fish Creek

    History Mystery: Downtown Fish Creek

    A lot has changed since this photo was taken, but all of the buildings shown here still stand today. Do you know where this was taken and which businesses occupy these buildings today? 

  • First Nations Talks Rescheduled

    Door Community Auditorium has rescheduled a planned series of talks about First Nations in response to the increase in COVID-19 infections in the area. The series will open Feb. 12 with Margaret Rose Ellis, Yotsi’nahkwa’talihahte; and Mirac Ellis, Shako’tsyuntha, speaking about the Oneidas. Originally from New York State, the Oneidas came to Wisconsin through “a […]

  • Program Highlights Camp Meenahga Writings

    Join the Ephraim Historical Foundation to discover ways in which cultural trends and historic events appeared in the writings of girls attending Camp Meenahga, which once operated in Peninsula State Park.  “Patchwork Girl, the Atomic Bomb and Camp Meenahga” will be presented Feb. 8, 1-2 pm, virtually via Zoom. The program will be informal and […]

  • Camp Meenahga

    Program Highlights Camp Meenahga Writings

    Join the Ephraim Historical Foundation to discover ways in which cultural trends and historic events appeared in the writings of girls attending Camp Meenahga, which once operated in Peninsula State Park.  “Patchwork Girl, the Atomic Bomb and Camp Meenahga” will be presented Feb. 8, 1-2 pm, virtually via Zoom. The program will be informal and […]

  • Notable Women of the Great Lakes Presentation

    Victoria Brehm, author of Great Lakes maritime and Native literature, will present “Notable Women of History around the Great Lakes” during the next installment of the Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series: a virtual presentation set for Feb. 3, 7 pm.  Brehm’s books include The Women’s Great Lakes Reader, Star Songs and Water Spirits […]

  • Bell

    History Mystery: Liberty Grove Bell

    Which Liberty Grove school bell hangs in the museum sign for the Liberty Grove Historical Society? In 2008, a former Wildwood School student donated the school’s bell for the museum’s sign. The original log school was built in 1885 at the corner of Old Stage Road and Water’s End Road and was rebuilt in 1923 […]

  • Ridges Hosts First Peoples Presentation

    The Ridges Sanctuary will host the free, virtual presentation “The Indigenous Peoples of the Door County Peninsula” on Jan. 15, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Presenter Kathleen Ratteree will provide insight into the contemporary Native nations that are the descendants of the county’s original inhabitants, discuss land acknowledgements and explain why they’re an important first step […]

  • Getting to the Bottom of Death’s Door

    When Brennan Christianson took over as the site manager of Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock last May, he quickly learned what visitors are most curious about.  “People would ask me where the name ‘Death’s Door’ comes from – a lot,” Christianson said.  He could answer with a version of a story most are […]

  • Giz Herbst

    Giz Herbst’s Passion for Egg Harbor History

    He was christened Gaylord Herbst, but long before he became a star athlete in multiple sports at Sturgeon Bay High School, he was universally known as Giz. Herbst graduated in 1962 as the most valuable player and co-captain of a football team that had won the conference title three years running. He continued his success […]

  • First Nations are Focus of Door County Talks Series

    The 2022 Door County Talks series hosted by Door Community Auditorium will focus on the First Nations of our region.  The series opener will be “Ho-Chunk History: Past, Present & Future” with William Nąąwącekǧize Quackenbush on Jan. 22. He’ll share the steeped history of the Ho-Chunk People here, as relayed through oral history that reaches […]

  • Death's Door

    Death’s Door History Presentation

    Ever wonder what they call it Death’s Door? Brennan Christianson has the answer for you at the next edition of the Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series Jan. 6.  Christianson, the museum’s collections coordinator, will discuss the naming of Death’s Door, the treacherous passage at the northern tip of the Door peninsula. He’ll present his […]

  • Bookmobile

    Bookmobile Project Earns Humanities Grant

    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.  […]

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation

    Ephraim Historical Foundation Expands Collection

    This year, the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) grew through adding numerous objects and archival materials to its collections, representing donors from five states; did an audit by reviewing approximately 6,000 collection objects and archival materials; and added 158 linear feet to storage space in Svalhus. Of special note were three-plus hours of oral histories that […]

  • Why Does the Curvy Road Curve? Unwinding the Northport Road Story

    This story first appeared in the column Ferry Cabin News in the Washington Island Observer. It is reprinted here with permission.  Have you wondered – as I have while hurrying to meet the ferry – why the northernmost portion of Highway 42 that leads to Northport pier has so many curves? I had formerly believed that […]

  • Chateau Hutter

    Missing Link: The Lost Course at Chateau Hutter

    Local golfer recounts round at vanished course along Bay Shore Drive Guess we missed a spot.A story this fall on missing links – Door County golf courses that vanished or never fully materialized – prompted a call about a location we did not mention.Terry Goode, 77, of Sturgeon Bay once played nine holes at Chateau […]