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By Trudy Herbst / Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 12:34 pm
Plaid Flannel Shirts Optional: Tools of the Past, March 12
Tool Display

STURGEON BAY, WI (February 23, 2016) – Instead of getting all gussied up in your finest black tie apparel, hunt up last year’s plaid flannel shirt Christmas present and head over to the Door County Historical Society’s endowment fund benefit, “Plaid Flannel Shirts Optional” on Saturday March 12 at 11:00am at Stone Harbor Resort.

Tools of the Past will be the featured topic presented by Door County Historical Society Members Mike, Steve & Pat Madden. The Madden Brothers have been collecting tools for most of their lives. They also give each other tool “finds” for presents on birthdays and holidays. As their interest and collections grew, they wanted to share the intriguing and unique ingenuity that the hand tools of farmers, wood workers, homemakers, and loggers represent and thus their desire to construct a Tool Museum at the Heritage Village at Big Creek. The Madden Tool Museum is currently under construction, but the first class of Sevastopol students were welcomed fall of last year for some hands on activities. 

The program will begin with Pat, Mike and Steve sharing some of the tools they have collected. Tools from Door County pioneer farmers, homemakers, carpenters, and loggers will be discussed and displayed.  We’ll take a break for a buffet lunch and fellowship. After lunch, guests are encouraged to bring along stories and tools to share. Attendees are encouraged to bring along stories and tools to share; maybe you can “stump” the tool enthusiasts, with one of your treasures. You may visit the “Whatsis (What is this?) Board” and try to figure out how a tool was used. You’ll also preview recent additions to the Museum of the very special toolboxes from early Door County father and son boat builders, Hans and Palmer Johnson.

Stone Harbor Resort will serve two soups, salad assortments, deli meats, cheese, rolls, and dessert bars buffet luncheon, lemonade and coffee; a cash bar will be available. The event fee is $25 and the event proceeds will help kick start the Society’s newly established endowment fund; we may have a few fun raffles and drawings, too, and of course donation jars will be available. Make your reservation today and invest in the Society’s future.

Doors will open at 10:30am and the program will wrap up by 2:00pm. To make your advance reservation, mail your check to the Door County Historical Society office P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay 54235 by Monday, March 7. For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at 920.421.2332 or email Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

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

36 S. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI
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