Door County Historical Society Receives $25,000 Grant

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling the Full History Preservation Fund has announced its award of $25,000 to the Door County Historical Society ( The grant is one of 80 given to select organizations nationwide that facilitate projects to help preserve, interpret and activate historical places to tell the stories of underrepresented groups in our nation. 

This grant-funded project seeks to compile a comprehensive, truthful, transparent and accurate history of First Nations peoples and migrant workers in Door County and to make that information as publicly accessible as possible by creating a free, multilingual, outdoor exhibit at Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Historical Society also plans to create a map of the peninsula and the surrounding islands to record and preserve locations that are significant to these underrepresented communities.

“To receive such an exclusive federal grant is a true honor,” said Bailey Koepsel, the historical society’s executive director. “This is an incredible opportunity to amplify the voices of First Nations peoples and migrant workers, and share the rich, unedited history of these underrepresented communities in Door County.”

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