Door County’s Cheese Factories of Old: Two-part program opens Door County Historical Society’s 2019 series

The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) announces their first program of 2019: Wisconsin Cheese & Door County Cheese Factories. The two-part program will benefit the DCHS Endowment Fund and is scheduled for Feb. 23 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

Jim Pionkoski, owner of Wisconsin Cheese Masters in Egg Harbor, will be the first presenter of the day and he will talk all about Wisconsin cheese. A little more than 10 years ago, Pionkoski entered his first cheese factory. It was there that he learned Wisconsin makes some of the best cheeses in the world. When Pionkoski returned home to Milwaukee, he found that he couldn’t get the World Champion cheese he had just tried. After investigating even further, he discovered the same lack of availability for most Wisconsin cheeses. So, he started with a mission to introduce the highest quality Wisconsin cheese to the rest of the country.

Following lunch, Don Rudolph will present “Cheese Factories of Door County,” and discuss the evolution of dairy farming in Door County. It is a riveting story – one filled with excitement, intrigue, success, disappointment, failure and even some criminal activity. At the height of the cheese factory era, there were 35 cheese factories and five creameries operating in Door County. Some operations lasted decades and some lasted only a few months.

Rudolph’s family has been in Door County since 1869, and he has been intrigued by local history since he was a young boy.

A luncheon will be held between the two presentations. Lunch includes chicken dumpling soup, greens salad, pasta salad, deli meats, cheese, rolls, pie and beverages.

Luncheon and program fees are $32 for members and $35 for guests. Plan to arrive a few minutes early for check-in and seating; the first program begins at 11 am and lunch will be served at noon. Reservations can be made by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, PO Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. The reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. All proceeds benefit the DCHS Endowment Fund. For more information, call 920.421.2332 or [email protected].


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