History Speaks Lectures Begin July 7

Join the Ephraim Historical Foundation for their series of History Speaks lecture which takes place Tuesdays in July at 7:30 pm. This year, all four of the presentations will be held at the Ephraim Village Hall, beginning Tuesday, July 7.

Paul Burton began the series in 1990 as a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) event. Initially, the presentations were only open to Ephraim Historical Foundation members, but eventually the foundation opened up the lectures to the public. Today, Door County visitors and residents alike attend the lectures to learn about the history of Ephraim and the surrounding area.

Admission to the History Speaks lectures are free, although donations are appreciated. For more information on History Speaks, please call the Ephraim Historical Foundation office at 920.854.9688, or visit

2009 History Speaks Schedule

Tuesday, July 7

Lawrence University & the Ephraim/Door County Connection

Presenter:   James Reeve et al.

Lawrence University, the nationally recognized liberal arts university in Appleton, plays a strong role in Door County’s vibrant arts culture. Many Ephraim residents have attended this prestigious school. Join the EHF for this panel discussion with Lawrence University graduates who have local connections.

Tuesday, July 14

Indians Discovered Door County First

Presenter:  Paul Burton

Over 14,000 years ago, Paleoindians migrated to Door Peninsula long before the white European immigrants. This presentation provides an overview of the history of the first “settlers” of Door County.

Tuesday, July 21

Door County & the Changing Face of Media

Panel presentation by David Eliot, Peninsula Pulse; Mike Mesic, FM 106.9 The Lodge; Ron Utnehmer, Nicolet Broadcasting, et al.

The face of media is changing exponentially, from the fate of a small-town newspaper, a radio station streaming over the internet, and the increasing number and usage of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, etc. Find out what these changes mean for Door County and the world at large.

Tuesday, July 28

Hjalmar Holand & The Kensington Runestone

Presenter:  Dr. Richard Nielson

The Kensington Runestone is a sandstone slab covered in runes (picture writing). If genuine, it would suggest that Scandinavian explorers reached North America in the 14th century. Many runologists consider the runestone to be a hoax. Join Dr. Nielson, engineer and linguist, as he confirms the theory that the Runestone is, in fact, an important historical artifact.