GHA Presents “The Indians of Door County”

The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) invites members, area residents, visitors and history buffs for an evening of historical discussion as the township of Gibraltar continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial year.

“Gibraltar Talks…The Indians of Door County” presentation will be held Tuesday evening, October 14 at 7:30 pm in the Gibraltar Town Center located at 4097 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek. Door County author and historian, Paul Burton will present on Door County’s first immigrants, Paleo-Indians.

Based on archeological records as early as 11,500 years ago, Paleo-Indian people had discovered the Door County Peninsula and decided to live in the area due to the availability of essential resources.

“There is good reason why the Indians found the Door County peninsula such a congenial place of habitation,” writes H.R. Holand in his 1925 history of the area, Old Peninsula Days. “Hunting was as good as elsewhere in the state, there was an abundance of maple trees for making sugar, and in addition to this they had the rich fish in the surrounding waters.”

More information about Door County Indians has come from the studies of fluted points, pieces of stone crafted by human hands into arrowheads, spearheads and other tools. For many decades, local farmers and gardeners working plots have been known to find arrowheads and other preserved artifacts on their land. The type and location of those artifacts have helped to create a fairly accurate portrait of the lives of these earliest inhabitants of the Door Peninsula.

There is no charge for Gibraltar Talks Programs, but a freewill donation would be appreciated to help GHA with future educational programming and historic related events. For further information, call 920.868.3618 or view events at