The Door County Historical Society hosts another afternoon yesteryear program, “Pioneer Sheriffs 1858-1878,” presented by Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty.
In the mid-1800s, Door County was a remote frontier wilderness. As the area became settled, the need for law enforcement grew. The early sheriffs were a unique collection of men coming from diverse backgrounds; many of them were immigrants.They were truly pioneers in the area of law enforcement and in the settlement of Door County. Their stories provide an insight into the early days of Door County.
Little has been written about the history of the Door County sheriff’s office. The department historical records consisted of a few random writings and some old photos. The presenter combined his passion for local history with his background in law enforcement to document the history of the sheriff’s office from its beginning.
The program is scheduled for June 9, 1 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but an offering is taken to support the Heritage Village at Big Creek maintenance projects. Heritage Village is open for tours prior to the presentation beginning at 10 am and after the presentation until 3 pm. For more information call 920.421.2332 or email [email protected].