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The Islands of Door County  

The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming with “The Islands of Door County,” presented by Paul Burton on Saturday, August 26 at 2:00 in the Collins Learning Center adjacent to the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

Surrounding the Door County peninsula are 27 individual islands, each one has its own history. Many of the islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Native Americans traveling south in canoes from the upper peninsula of Michigan and Canada would use the islands as a gateway into the Door County peninsula. As European Settlers occupied the region, fishing became a source of livelihood for people living on the islands. A need for navigational aids developed as more settlers moved into Door County and the Western Great Lakes region, and lighthouses were built on five of the islands. To this day, some of Door County’s islands are still occupied by people, while others were left to the birds, as natural sanctuaries.

Paul Burton developed his interest in Door County’s islands because of the geological and historical influence they have on the area. As the water levels rise and fall, the islands shape and function are ever changing. Paul has a Ph.D. in the biological sciences, which has carried over to his interest in history and the evolution of Door County as a tourist destination. Having written and co-authored five books about the history of Door County, Paul is fascinated with the region and islands, which he says are “very special places with a mystique all their own.”

“The Islands of Door County” will be held on Saturday, August 26, at 2:00 pm in the Collins Learning Center, adjacent to the Heritage Village at Big Creek, at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Due to parking lot blacktopping, please use the parking lot located for White Tails Unlimited just east and on the north side of the street. 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 Festival, “Vintage Day” featuring Ford Model A’s will be on Saturday, September 2, 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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