A Visit With the Warrens, Early Door County Settlers  

The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming with “A Visit With the Warrens, Early Door County Settlers,” presented by Nan & Jerry Krause on Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 in the Vignes School at the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

The program will feature the highlights of the lives of Sarah and Julius Warren and their family, early settlers in Claybanks Township of Door County. The stories will be a first person re-enactment skit format, rich with the life happenings of these early settlers. Their experiences reflect some of the major historical events of the times such as the Civil War and the Peshtigo Fire. Guests will relate to their joys and sorrows and appreciate their contributions to their community.

The Krause’s became interested in the Warren family as they helped with the Heritage Village Committee work beginning in 2005. They were part of a Door County Historical Society research team to find out more about the Warren family when the descendant’s donated the Warren family log cabin. The Krause’s helped with preparing the cabin for village display, obtaining the family’s written history, and accessing the donated furnishings for the home. Nan worked with family members to trace an accurate Warren family lineage. Soon opportunities arose to develop monologues and two-person skits to better share the interesting Warren stories with the public. The Krause’s found that they enjoyed performing as Warren family members.

Nan and Jerry are retired, and have lived in Door County for the past twenty years. Nan was an elementary school teacher and Jerry served United Methodist churches in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. They have long loved history and volunteering. Both served on various Door County Historical Society committees since retirement and especially like their volunteer work with the Heritage Village at Big Creek.

“A Visit With the Warrens, Early Door County Settlers” will be held on Saturday, August 19, at 2:00 pm in the Vignes School, Heritage Village at Big Creek, at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. This program does not have an admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to support the restoration and accessibility of the Vignes School. The Heritage Village is an interpretive site of the Door County Historical Society and is open prior to the presentation, and on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 until 3; Adult Heritage Village admission is $6.

The Door County Historical Society’s next program in the Yesteryear series, “The Islands of Door County” will be on Saturday, August 26, from 10-3:00 in the Heritage Village at Big Creek.For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332, www.DoorCountyHistoricalSociety.org, or email Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society is a membership organization that operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

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