Yesteryear Program Details Historical Significance of Aprons

The Door County Historical Society will host its yesteryear programming “Aprons: They’re Not Just For Men Anymore” with Virginia Feld Johnson July 29 at 2 pm in the one-room Vignes School at the Heritage Village at Big Creek. Guests are encouraged to bring their aprons to show and tell about their history.

Johnson said her interest in aprons began in college. “A chance college assignment over 50 years ago and the bra burning on the streets of New York at the same time prompted me to question why bras and not aprons,” she said. “…in the early ‘60s aprons were far more visible in tying women and girls together.” Some years later she realized that she had 50 or more aprons and started thinking about what they represented.

Virginia Feld Johnson. Submitted.

Johnson is a teacher and librarian who joined the business world after retirement. Johnson said, “Being my mom’s daughter and living next to my grandma, I’ve been into genealogy and local history since I was 9.”

Johnson is an active member of the Door County Historical Society who volunteers at many festivals and is lending her research skills and knowledge to the Chenille Bedspread exhibit, opening in September.

Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but an offering will be taken to support the Heritage Village at Big Creek. The Heritage Village at Big Creek is an interpretive site of the Door County Historical Society and is open prior to the presentation, and on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Adult Heritage Village admission is $6.

The next Yesteryear Series program is “Peil Family History,” Aug. 6 at 2 pm. For more information, call 920.421.2332 or visit


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