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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.

  • Historical Society Hosts Program About Fireside Building

    When it opened in January, the Fireside quickly became a staple of Egg Harbor dining, but this month the Egg Harbor Historical Society is celebrating the many watering holes that have called the Fireside’s location home. Whether it was Shack’s bowling alley and saloon, the Welcome Inn, Forest Gardens, Farmer’s Inn, Augie’s, Tracy’s Tap, George’s […]

  • Learn About the Golden Girls at the Door County Historical Museum

    The Door County Historical Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers with the display Mary Jane and the Golden Girls. They were the Packers’ cheerleading squad, led by Door County native Mary Jane Van Duyse from 1959 through 1972. Meet Mary Jane and some of the Golden Girls on Sept. 7, […]

  • DCHS Celebrates Vintage Day at Heritage Village

    Join the Door County Historical Society to celebrate its annual Vintage Day on Sept. 7, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  All foods and activities have been scheduled with “vintage” in mind: Costumed interpreters will engage guests in schoolhouse lessons; a wonderful group from Oneida will […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Sept. 16-13, 2019

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The ExpositorSeptember 11, 1874 Are you going to the black Hills after gold? If so, don’t start until you have called on I. B. Scott, at his jewelry […]

  • Cottage Row: A History of Elegance

    Fish Creek’s Cottage Row is among the few roads in Door County where it feels as if the clock stopped a generation or two ago, and we all get to watch from the road above the water. The narrow street’s thick canopy covers historic stone fences and old cottages that many of Wisconsin’s wealthiest and […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center’s Hunters’ Raffle and Wild-Game Meal

    The second annual hunters’ raffle will take place at the Belgian Heritage Center (belgianheritagecenter.org), 1255 County Road DK in Brussels, on Sept. 14, 11 am – 3 pm. Among the 20-plus major prizes are hunting firearms, a crossbow, handmade outdoor products, taxidermy gift certificates and much more. Ticket holders do not need to be present […]

  • Ephraim Moravian Cemetery’s Annual Cemetery Walks

    The Ephraim Moravian Cemetery’s ninth annual cemetery walks will take place Sept. 9, 1 pm and 2:30 pm, rain or shine. Tickets are required and will be handed out right before the tours. Tickets are free – limited to the first 70 people at the first tour – but donations are appreciated. This year’s walks will […]

  • Stories of Belgian Immigrants at Crossroads

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Barb Chisholm will present – the yesteryear program “Their Story, Our History” on Aug. 31, 1 pm, in the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St., at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  A fifth-generation Belgian-American, Chisholm grew up in the village of Misiere outside Brussels and will […]

  • Jacksonport: The Gubernatorial Great Escape

    Although Jacksonport is a small town, it can claim three Wisconsin governors whose families have strong roots there. That’s why representatives of the Reynolds, Lucey and Doyle families will be at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 Cty V, on Sept. 12, 7 pm, to share their memories. Panelists will include Molly Reynolds and her first […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2019

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The ExpositorAugust 27, 1875 A frost last Saturday night, and Sunday night did considerable damage to cucumbers and squashes. In some parts of the county, corn and potatoes […]

  • Andrea Kinsey-Jauquet Presents ‘A History in Paint’ on Aug. 29

    Andrea Kinsey-Jauquet invites the community to share her Fish Creek memories through a free event, “A History in Paint,” on Aug. 29, 7 pm, at Gibraltar’s Old Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served. The Thorps, Claflins and Kinseys are longtime residents of Fish Creek. The members of the Kinsey family grew up knowing their […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Aug. 23-30, 2019

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The ExpositorAugust 21, 1874 The house of Henry Eaton, in Carlton, Kewaunee County, was struck by lightening, yesterday morning about 6 o’clock, instantly killing Mrs. Eaton and badly […]

  • John Fons Found His Roots in 110-Year-Old Cabin

    The members of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, like those of every other similar organization in Door County, have heard many presentations by people whose ancestors were early settlers. The most recent program, however, was different. Rather than speaking about his known roots, John Edwin Fons of Madison was searching for them. He had a […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farms Announces Public Tours, Stakeholder Sessions

    Horseshoe Bay Farms Inc., the new nonprofit organization working to preserve and guide the historic Egg Harbor property, held its first stakeholder session Aug. 19.  Representatives from local historical societies, municipal governments, businesses and families with ties to the property were invited to share stories, visions and possibilities for the future of the property located […]

  • Heritage Garden Spotlighted in Yesteryear Program Aug. 24

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Nancy Goldberg will present – its yesteryear program about the Heritage Garden on Aug. 24, 1 pm, in the Vignes School in the Heritage Village at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek.  “The Heritage Garden began initially as a joint project of the Sturgeon Bay Garden Club and […]

  • Historical and Current Holes-in-One

    The county’s first hole-in-one was above-the-fold front-page news in the Thursday, Aug. 30, 1928, edition of the Door County Democrat. Nearly 91 years later, on Aug. 11, 2019, Roger “Timmer” Larson scored his first hole-in-one at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course on hole #17.

  • Jacksonport Celebrates Its Sesquicentennial

    Good neighbors, good food and music, and a great fireworks display – some say the best they’ve seen on the peninsula – were all part of Jacksonport’s celebration of 150 years as a town on Aug. 10. Photos by Len Villano.

  • DC Historical Society Dinner to Host Jim Draeger

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Jim Draeger will present – the monthly dinner program Bottoms Up on Aug. 26, 6 pm, at the Institute Saloon, 4599 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay.  Wisconsin native Draeger is a co-author of the national-award-winning books Fill ’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations and […]

  • Learn about Baileys Harbor Range Lights from Ed Miller

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Ed Miller will present – the yesteryear program “Baileys Harbor Range Lights” on Aug. 17, 1 pm, in the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St., at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.  Miller will discuss the history of the […]

  • Valmy Thresheree Schedule

    The 37th annual antique tractor show will be held Aug. 16-18 at 5005 Country View Road in Sturgeon Bay. This year’s features are Farmall and International Harvester tractors and equipment. Admission is $8 per person for the weekend, which includes a souvenir button; or $8 per person per day. Food and refreshments will be served […]