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By Trudy Herbst / Monday, June 5, 2017 09:12 am
Exploring Door County Lighthouses
Cana Island Lighthouse

The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program “Exploring Door County Lighthouses – Beacon’s That Guide the Way” presented by Barb & Ken Wardius on Monday, June 26. The dinner and program will be held at the Log Den in Egg Harbor at 6:00 pm.

Door County Wisconsin boasts one of the highest concentrations of lighthouses of any county in the United States. With its hundreds of miles of shoreline, some of it rocky and treacherous, mariners of yesteryear relied heavily on these beacons for safe travel. This presentation will give an overview of the Door County lighthouses. The presenters will focus on Pottawatomie and Old Baileys Harbor lights, with detailed emphasis on Cana Island, Door County’s most visited lighthouse. Archival and contemporary photography highlights the program.

Decades ago Barb & Ken Wardius visited Door County for the first time. Ken remembered, “Friends suggested we visit the Cana Island Lighthouse and fell in love with it.” “Growing up in Milwaukee, we learned to appreciate the Great Lakes and especially Lake Michigan.” Always interested in history, they developed a desire to learn more about the lighthouses and their keepers.

Barb and Ken Wardius are life-long residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have traveled statewide pursuing their hobbies of lighthouses, photography, history, and bird study. They are the authors of four lighthouse history books: Wisconsin Lighthouses, Cana Island Lighthouse, Wind Point Lighthouse, and North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse. Their passion extends to becoming active members in many lighthouse organizations involved with lighthouse education, preservation, and restoration, such as Wisconsin Lighthouse District and the Door County Historical Society.

The dinner program will be held at Log Den Restaurant, 6626 Highway 42 in Egg Harbor. Plated dinner choices are: Herb-encrusted Pork Tenderloin with rice, Chicken Alfredo over fettuccini, and Vegetarian Lasagna. All dinners are accompanied with a tossed salad, rolls, ice cream, and coffee, tea or milk. Dinner and program fees are $21 for Society members and the guest fee is $25. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00 pm, so plan to arrive early for check in and seating.

Please make your reservation by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, with a memo stating your dinner preference. The Reservation Deadline is Tuesday, June 20. If you would like to attend the program only, the fee is $5 and the program time is 6:45. For further information, contact the Door County Historical 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.

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