Category: History

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.

  • Door County’s Role In World War II

    The next presentation of the 2023-2024 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be held in person and online on Dec. 7 at 7 pm. The theme is “World War II and Door County,” presented by Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) executive director Kevin Osgood. The presentation will include details on how the community […]

  • History Along the Shore

    by MYLES DANNHAUSEN SR.  President of the Egg Harbor Historical Society. This summer I joined some of my kids and grandkids for what has become a summer family tradition when kids come home for vacation – a simple pontoon boat rental excursion along the Green Bay shore.  We left the dock in Sister Bay and […]

  • CURIOSITIES: A Shining Light in Ephraim

    Most visitors to Ephraim recognize the graffiti-covered warehouse on Anderson Dock, but few know there is a historical marker located beyond the warehouse, near the end of the dock.  There stands a 30-foot-tall obelisk, which at night provides a light to guide sailors in Ephraim Harbor. But it’s much more than a light.  The obelisk […]

  • A Christmas Past At Big Creek

    The Door County Historical Society will host its inaugural event, A Glimpse of Christmas Past, at Heritage Village at Big Creek throughout the month of December. This holiday celebration invites the community to step back in time and experience the rich history and festive traditions of Door County. Heritage Village will be transformed into a winter […]

  • Breakfast Bingo At Kress Pavilion

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host Breakfast Bingo Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Kress Pavillion. Doors open at 9 am and bingo starts at 10 am. Coffee, juice and small breakfast treats will be available. Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Door County Bookmobile. Kress Pavilion is located at 7845 Church St. in […]

  • History Of Peninsula Symphonic Band Featured

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) invites the community to its final dinner program of the season on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The evening will include a unique blend of food, history and music. Jason Palmer, director of the Peninsula Symphonic Band, will take center stage to discuss the […]

  • Wreath Sale To Benefit Gibraltar Historical Association

    Gibraltar Historical Association The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) is selling fresh-cut, made-to-order wreaths, swags and kissing balls. Holiday gifts, books, cards, DVDs and personalized bricks will also be for sale. To place an order, email [email protected] and a GHA member will respond with a form. Proceeds will benefit GHA and its efforts to preserve Gibraltar’s […]

  • Granary Restoration Work Resuming Jan. 15

    The Door County Granary project on Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront is now scheduled to resume restoration Jan. 15, with that work expected to be completed in July. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) earlier this month officially secured the $3.3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development, project […]

  • Historic Spooks And Sprites

    Learn about the history of Halloween at Historic Spooks and Sprites, a family-friendly event hosted by the Door County Historical Society on Oct. 28. Participants can enjoy vintage candies and tune into a history presentation about the origins of Halloween and how it has transformed over the centuries. This talk will be held twice, at […]

  • Sons Of Norway Disband, Make Museum Donation

    After 48 years of celebrating Norwegian heritage in Sturgeon Bay, the Sons of Norway Hjalmar Holand Lodge 549 is disbanding.  Lodge 549 was founded in 1975 with an initial enrollment of over 200 members. It quickly became a focal point for celebrations, cultural exchanges and traditional Norwegian arts and foods. Changing membership patterns in recent […]

  • Culture Club: Honoring Tradition at the Clearing

    by Mike Schneider, executive director of The Clearing Although Jens Jensen died in 1951, and his longtime assistant, Mertha Fulkerson, died in 1971, their influence at The Clearing is still strong, as it should be. Institutions should honor their founders and follow the important traditions they established, no matter how long the founders have been […]

  • Fire Department Premieres Historical Video Trailer

    During an Oct. 10 Sister Bay Stories event hosted by the Liberty Grove/Sister Bay Historical Society, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht premiered a trailer for From Bucket Brigades to Modern Day, an upcoming longform video about the history of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department (SBLGFD.) The video is part of an ongoing […]

  • The Rise (And Fall) Of Motels In America

    Join the Door County Historical Society (DCHS) Oct. 23, 5:30 pm, at the Mill Supper Club for a look into the world of 20th century motels and their pivotal role in shaping American travel culture. The guest speaker, melaniejane, will lead a discussion on the motel phenomenon, with a focus on the history of The […]

  • Third Graders Travel Back In Time

    Gibraltar third grade students took a field trip to historic sites in Ephraim centered around an Overcoming Learning Challenges language arts curriculum. Students used apple peelers, drew on slates, puzzled over everything from sleighs to chamber pots, and mapped the Anderson Dock. They discovered how an organ works, then heard the highs and lows of […]

  • Fundraiser Raises $32,000 For Bookmobile Restoration

    The Door County Bookmobile restoration project got a boost in August when a pig roast fundraiser brought more than 550 people to Sawyer Farms and raised $32,000 for the effort.  “It was just a real outpouring of interest from the community and support from our businesses,” said John Sawyer, co-chair of the Bookmobile committee, a […]

  • Remembrance Of The Great Fire Of 1871

    The Belgian Heritage Center hosts a day of Remembrance of the Great Fire of 1871 on Oct. 7, 10 am-3 pm.  In October of 1871, fires devastated the landscape on both sides of the bay of Green Bay including a large part of the Belgian settlement area in Door, Brown and Kewaunee Counties. The Great […]

  • Learn Old-Fashioned Living At Heritage Village

    Renee McAllister will offer lessons on old-fashioned sewing, mending, needle work and stove top cooking in a new program launched by the Door County Historical Society this fall. Join her in the Warren house and learn how our ancestors lived on Friday mornings. This program is free and open to everyone. No registration necessary. The […]

  • “Hackley” is Focus of Last Gibraltar Talk Of The Season

    Join the Gibraltar Historical Society for the “The Sinking of the Hackley, the Day Fish Creek Stood Still,” Oct. 3, 7 pm at Gibraltar’s Old Town Hall. It is the 120th anniversary of the sinking of the Erie L. Hackley, which is considered the largest single sea disaster in the history of Green Bay waters. […]

  • An Hour With Ruby

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present its final summer program, a video interview, “An Hour with Ruby,” on Sept. 26, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Ruby Demmin shares her recollections of Egg Harbor, Sunny Point and Horseshoe Bay, and talks about her experiences, including the people she met growing up, her childhood adventures […]

  • 156-Year-Old Ship Found Off Algoma

    Wisconsin Maritime Historians Brendon Baillod and Robert Jaeck have located the intact remains of the historic Great Lakes schooner Trinidad in about 270 feet of water off the Algoma shoreline. The Trinidad was a 140-foot schooner built at Grand Island, New York in 1867 by shipwright William Keefe. The vessel was primarily used in the […]