Events

Trudy Herbst shared this with you

Celebrate all things Root Beer during the Door County Historical Society’s Root Beer Festival at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, July 12 from 1:30-3:30 pm.

 

In the 1870s, pharmacist Charles Hires began selling Hires Root Tea and promoted it as “The Great Health Drink.” He experimented with flavorings from trees and plants like sassafras and sarsaparilla, wintergreen, birch bark, herbs and juniper berries, mixing and boiling until he developed the perfect combination. In 1876, he presented Hires Root Beer at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, the nation’s 100th anniversary celebration. The Library of Congress has cookbooks that contain recipes from 10 or 20 years before he began to sell his version. But Hires gets credit as the first person to produce and market root beer throughout the country.


 

Although a few adult “beer” festivals dot the Door County throughout the summer, this is the first family-centered “beer” event in northeast Wisconsin. Sample different root beers including Baumeister’s, a local favorite, and vote for the one that you like best in the people’s choice award competition. While sampling the root beers is available at no charge, you will not be able to resist purchasing some special root beer offerings: “brown cows,” aka root beer floats; root beer float pies, cakes and cookies; root beer meatballs, and even root beer pork and beans!


 

In between quenching your thirst and appetite, you may explore the Heritage Village during guided tours offered either 1:30 or 2:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults 18 years and older; there is no admission fee for children.


 

The Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, adjacent to Crossroads at Big Creek and the Collins Learning Center. For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332 or email Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com


The Door County Historical Society is an organization dedicated to keeping 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. 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Door County Historical Society presents Stories of the Land: Farm Life from an Earlier Day by Wisconsin author and historic researcher, Jerry Apps, on Thursday, July 16 at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek.


 

Apps was born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm. He is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Today he works as a rural historian, full-time writer, and creative writing instructor. Jerry is the author of more than 35 nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books with topics that range from barns, one-room schools, cranberries, cucumbers, cheese factories, and the humor of mid-America to farming with horses, and the Ringling Brothers circus.


 

Jerry has won many awards for his writing including the Wisconsin Council for Writers 2007 Major Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and selection as a Fellow, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has completed two PBS TV documentaries on farm life, “A Farm Story with Jerry Apps,” and “Winter on the Farm with Jerry Apps,” which have aired nationally. The latter won a regional Emmy award in 2014.


 

Jerry and his wife Ruth have three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. They divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, “Roshara,” in Waushara County.


 

Guests may attend the presentation for a $5 fee that covers the program cost. Reservations are strongly encouraged since this event has limited seating. Call (920) 431-2332. Light refreshments will be available. Please plan to arrive early for book purchases, as Jerry will sign books before and after the presentation; doors open at 5:30 pm and the program is at 6:30 pm.


 

The Door County Historical Society is an organization dedicated to keeping 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.