STURGEON BAY, WI (August 20, 2016) – The Door County Historical Society’s Sunday, September 4th program at the Heritage Village at Big Creek is an old-fashioned Sunday picnic featuring the Cherryland A’s Car Club. The model A’s will decorate the Village for extended hours from 11-3:00pm. Joining the Ford Model A’s, are an International Harvester Farmall Tractor 350, a Studebaker “Izzer” carriage, ice cream making and blacksmiths demonstrations, and the exhibit “Wisconsin’s John Muir.” And of course, what is a Sunday picnic without fried chicken?
Model A’s represented the Ford Motor Company’s second success following the Model T’s. Prices for the Model A ranged from $385 for a roadster to $1400 for the top-of-the-line Town Car. Features included a 4-cylinder water-cooled engine that could hit around 65 mph...quite zippy for 1927! Some versions, had fuel gauges, rear-view mirrors, and an aftermarket unit that provided heat to the cab. The Model A was the first car to have a windshield made of safety glass. The Model A came in a wide variety of styles and you will be able to see several styles displayed by the Cherryland A’s Car Club including a 1929 Model A pickup truck and a 1930 Model A roadster.
On display will be the newest artifact to the Society’s collection, a Studebaker Izzer buggy with an auto seat. From 1890-1915, Izzer buggies were one of the most successful Studebaker designs, producing about 10,000 a year; they could have sold more if they had the plant capacity. The name Izzer came from the story of a farmer who wanted to buy a new horse. Fed up with the nags that were paraded before him, the farmer said, “I don’t want a Wuzzer, I want a Izzer.”
Joining the Model A’s and Izzer, will be a fully restored International Harvester row crop tractor, Farmall 350. Because the tractor had the ability to be a farm workhorse, performing all farm tasks, it was named farm all! In 1956, the tractors were the first generation to bear the now famous International Harvester red and white.
Besides all the exhibits, you may take a turn on the crank to make homemade ice cream; samplings will be available to those who help crank! Ice eating references may be found as early as the fifth century BC; Hippocrates, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice “as it livens the lifejuices and increases the well-being.” Quaker colonists brought ice cream recipes with them. First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at her husband’s 1813 Inaugural Ball. Small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezers were invented in America by Nancy Johnson in the 1840s. Ice cream increases in availability and popularity in the early 20th century during prohibition. Many saloons converted to soda fountains and ice cream parlors looking for new forms of revenue, spurring the growth of ice cream’s popularity.
Explore the Heritage Village during self-guided tours on Sunday, September 4, from 11:00am–3:00pm. The Heritage Village is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings; Ford model A’s, tractor, Studebaker Izzer carriage, and “Wisconsin’s John Muir”; ice cream making and blacksmith demonstrations is $5 for adults 18 years and older; no admission fee is charged for children. Chicken dinners, ice cream floats and sundaes are available for purchase. To pre-order chicken dinners (pre-orders are not required, but are appreciated) or for further information, contact the Society at 920.421.2332 or 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.