GHA Presents “Gibraltar Talks: Memories of Folda Engelmar”

Interior view of “Engelmar.”

The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) invites members, area residents, and visitors for an evening of historical discussion as GHA continues its monthly talks series.

“Gibraltar Talks: Memories of Folda’s Engelmar” presentation will be held on Thursday evening, September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall located at the corner of Spruce and Maple Streets in Fish Creek. Presenter for the evening will be Peninsula State Park Naturalist, Kathleen Harris. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Folda’s Engelmar was located on Horseshoe Island formally known as Eagle Island, an island which historians have associated with ancestors of the Menominee Indians, early Norwegian settlers, disease epidemics, early community establishment, and the elaborate summer compound call “Engelmar.”

This island captured the imagination of a wealthy Nebraska family, the Foldas. Bankers by trade, they purchased the entire island for $500 in 1888. In time an impressive summer lodge was built.

This Gibraltar Historical Association program is a glimpse into the life and times of late 1800s and early 1900s summer visitors to the Gibraltar Area. The program is free, though donations are appreciated.

For more information call 920.868.3618.