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West Side of Sturgeon Bay  

The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear program “The West Side of Sturgeon Bay,” presented by Ann Jinkins and Maggie Weir on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 in the Collins Learning Center adjacent to the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

This discussion will highlight Sturgeon Bay’s West Side in photographs. Guests will see a then-and-now comparison of what “some old-timers still refer to as Sawyer.” Sawyer was annexed into the city of Sturgeon Bay in 1894, and has a rich history of businesses, churches, schools and waterfront industry. Images from the past will be displayed along with contemporary views of the same sites. The discussion will also explain the ferries and bridges that connect the West and East sides of Sturgeon Bay.

Working several years at the Door County Historical Museum, both Ann Jinkins and Maggie Weir became familiar with photographs of the West Side of Sturgeon Bay. Noticing both differences and similarities between the modern sites and the historic photographs led the two women to explore the history of that side. By researching the historic businesses and townspeople, Ann and Maggie could further illustrate the history represented in the museum’s photographs. Many of the images were donated to the museum over the last 78 years, since it opened in 1939.

“The West Side of Sturgeon Bay” will be held on Saturday, September 9, at 2:00 pm in the Collins Learning Center, adjacent to the 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 will be, “Logs to Lumber,” demonstrating how logs are sawed into lumber. This demonstration will be on Saturday, September 16, at 11:00 am at the Heritage Village at Big Creek. For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332www.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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