Sister Bay Historical Society

Sister Bay Historical Society The Society’s first major project 26 years ago was to renovate the Anderson House, housing historical items, including late 1800s furnishings, photos, artifacts.

Corner of the Past Museum has 15 other heritage buildings that are also open to visitors.

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Marcus and Ellen Gobel married in 1932 and raised two children, Joyce and Kenneth, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1957 they mo...
09/19/2021

Marcus and Ellen Gobel married in 1932 and raised two children, Joyce and Kenneth, in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1957 they moved to Sister Bay, Wisconsin where they owned and operated Sister Bay Motors until retirement in 1996 and decided to move to Eagle River.
Sister Bay Motors, known now as Sister Bay Auto, has a long 102-year history in Sister Bay. This ad is from February 1964 after being rebuilt from a large fire in 1963.

Marcus and Ellen Gobel married in 1932 and raised two children, Joyce and Kenneth, in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1957 they moved to Sister Bay, Wisconsin where they owned and operated Sister Bay Motors until retirement in 1996 and decided to move to Eagle River.
Sister Bay Motors, known now as Sister Bay Auto, has a long 102-year history in Sister Bay. This ad is from February 1964 after being rebuilt from a large fire in 1963.

Calling all Christmas lovers! We could use some help from all of you in creating our ultimate vision for our first annua...
09/12/2021

Calling all Christmas lovers! We could use some help from all of you in creating our ultimate vision for our first annual Christkindlmarkt. If you have any Christmas Lights you would like to donate please let us know - we will need an incredible about of lights to really light our Museum property for a great event.

Please email us [email protected]

Calling all Christmas lovers! We could use some help from all of you in creating our ultimate vision for our first annual Christkindlmarkt. If you have any Christmas Lights you would like to donate please let us know - we will need an incredible about of lights to really light our Museum property for a great event.

Please email us [email protected]

Little Sister Resort is Situated On Point, June 8, 1938Opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation are many at Little...
09/08/2021

Little Sister Resort is Situated On Point, June 8, 1938
Opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation are many at Little Sister Resort, privately situated on a point of forest-covered land midway between the villages of Ephraim and Sister Bay.
A few minutes ride from the hotel is the wonderful Peninsula State Park with its sporty 18-hole golf course. Hikers many go here for hours in any direction along foot paths through the woods. Horses are easily available. The numerous shoals and under-water ledges below the cliffs provide the finest bass fishing in the state. There is a beautiful beach and a bathing house. There are new tennis courts on the grounds. Little Sister is a family resort, catering especially to those who desire peaceful comfort and rest.

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Little Sister Resort is Situated On Point, June 8, 1938
Opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation are many at Little Sister Resort, privately situated on a point of forest-covered land midway between the villages of Ephraim and Sister Bay.
A few minutes ride from the hotel is the wonderful Peninsula State Park with its sporty 18-hole golf course. Hikers many go here for hours in any direction along foot paths through the woods. Horses are easily available. The numerous shoals and under-water ledges below the cliffs provide the finest bass fishing in the state. There is a beautiful beach and a bathing house. There are new tennis courts on the grounds. Little Sister is a family resort, catering especially to those who desire peaceful comfort and rest.

#sisterbay #history

Happy Labor Day!Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the ...
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events.

Photo Courtesy of Ken Church, 1958
Info from: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events.

Photo Courtesy of Ken Church, 1958
Info from: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

Wow! In seven days all of you wonderful Sister Bay Historical Society followers have helped us raise $15,800 towards our...
09/03/2021

Wow! In seven days all of you wonderful Sister Bay Historical Society followers have helped us raise $15,800 towards our goal of moving and preserving the Little Sister Resort Barn!
Let's keep this momentum going, please help to spread the word about moving this historic barn to our museum property.

https://sisterbayhistory.org/donate/
#sisterbayhistory #sisterbay

Wow! In seven days all of you wonderful Sister Bay Historical Society followers have helped us raise $15,800 towards our goal of moving and preserving the Little Sister Resort Barn!
Let's keep this momentum going, please help to spread the word about moving this historic barn to our museum property.

https://sisterbayhistory.org/donate/
#sisterbayhistory #sisterbay

Help Us Save the Little Sister Resort Barn!We have an incredible opportunity to save the Little Sister Resort Barn from ...
08/27/2021

Help Us Save the Little Sister Resort Barn!

We have an incredible opportunity to save the Little Sister Resort Barn from being lost forever. This barn is important historically for two reasons - 1. It is a part of Little Sister Resort's historic 100-year history. 2. This style of barn construction is one of three still standing in the state of Wisconsin.

Saving the Little Sister Barn would also help us in our need for a History Center, something we have been working towards for a few years. We desperately need archival storage space, more museum display space, as well as office space, to continue to save and preserve Sister Bay History.

Please donate now here to save the Little Sister Resort Barn:
https://sisterbayhistory.org/donate/

Help Us Save the Little Sister Resort Barn!

We have an incredible opportunity to save the Little Sister Resort Barn from being lost forever. This barn is important historically for two reasons - 1. It is a part of Little Sister Resort's historic 100-year history. 2. This style of barn construction is one of three still standing in the state of Wisconsin.

Saving the Little Sister Barn would also help us in our need for a History Center, something we have been working towards for a few years. We desperately need archival storage space, more museum display space, as well as office space, to continue to save and preserve Sister Bay History.

Please donate now here to save the Little Sister Resort Barn:
https://sisterbayhistory.org/donate/

Saturday mornings are perfect for a Farmer's Market! Visit the Corner of the Past Museum property for some great local v...
08/21/2021

Saturday mornings are perfect for a Farmer's Market! Visit the Corner of the Past Museum property for some great local vendors.

#farmersmarket #sisterbay

Saturday mornings are perfect for a Farmer's Market! Visit the Corner of the Past Museum property for some great local vendors.

#farmersmarket #sisterbay

Neighboring Notes – Door County, October 1883From the Advocate:While lying in Sister Bay, on the 5th instant, Capt. Augu...
08/16/2021

Neighboring Notes – Door County, October 1883
From the Advocate:

While lying in Sister Bay, on the 5th instant, Capt. August Lindquist enjoyed a very interesting and unusual spectacle. The wind was blowing fresh from the southeast and being favorable for craft entering Green Bay from Lake Michigan, they were taking full advantage of it. The captain saw, at one time, upward of twenty vessels, the fleet being stung out from Door bluff to Fish Creek and Juddville, making one of the largest assemblages of schooners ever seen in those waters. Many of these vessels were destined for ports along the peninsula and make a busy scene at the landings on that shore. At Diamond’s pier, Sister Bay, there were two schooners and a steamer, while a third schooner was anchored outside awaiting her turn to obtain a cargo.

A specter resembling a man has been seen passing between Little Sister and Big Sister Islands in Sister Bay. These islands are three or four miles from the mainland and about a quarter of a mile apart. The specter seen was wading across the channel between the islands. A thorough investigation of the matter failed to disclose anything and so it rests – a wonder.

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Neighboring Notes – Door County, October 1883
From the Advocate:

While lying in Sister Bay, on the 5th instant, Capt. August Lindquist enjoyed a very interesting and unusual spectacle. The wind was blowing fresh from the southeast and being favorable for craft entering Green Bay from Lake Michigan, they were taking full advantage of it. The captain saw, at one time, upward of twenty vessels, the fleet being stung out from Door bluff to Fish Creek and Juddville, making one of the largest assemblages of schooners ever seen in those waters. Many of these vessels were destined for ports along the peninsula and make a busy scene at the landings on that shore. At Diamond’s pier, Sister Bay, there were two schooners and a steamer, while a third schooner was anchored outside awaiting her turn to obtain a cargo.

A specter resembling a man has been seen passing between Little Sister and Big Sister Islands in Sister Bay. These islands are three or four miles from the mainland and about a quarter of a mile apart. The specter seen was wading across the channel between the islands. A thorough investigation of the matter failed to disclose anything and so it rests – a wonder.

#sisterbay #sisterbayhistory

Sister Bay Gets $403,500 Grant to Create JobsDecember 23, 1971The Village of Sister Bay has been awarded a grant of $403...
08/11/2021

Sister Bay Gets $403,500 Grant to Create Jobs
December 23, 1971

The Village of Sister Bay has been awarded a grant of $403,500 from the Economic Development Administration to create jobs and help construct municipal water and sewer systems.
Local officials expect work to get underway within 60 days. The project is expected to provide jobs for 10 persons from the Sister Bay area for up to nine months.
Sister Bay will provide $653,500 and the Department of Agriculture is making a $250,000 grant to complete the $1,307,000 total cost of the project, according to Robert A. Podesta, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

#sisterbay #sisterbayhistory #history

Sister Bay Gets $403,500 Grant to Create Jobs
December 23, 1971

The Village of Sister Bay has been awarded a grant of $403,500 from the Economic Development Administration to create jobs and help construct municipal water and sewer systems.
Local officials expect work to get underway within 60 days. The project is expected to provide jobs for 10 persons from the Sister Bay area for up to nine months.
Sister Bay will provide $653,500 and the Department of Agriculture is making a $250,000 grant to complete the $1,307,000 total cost of the project, according to Robert A. Podesta, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

#sisterbay #sisterbayhistory #history

The Sister Bay Historical Society wishes to extend our gratitude to all the property owners who have so generously opene...
08/06/2021

The Sister Bay Historical Society wishes to extend our gratitude to all the property owners who have so generously opened their gardens and properties, to the many volunteers who have helped organize this event, and to the local businesses which assisted with ticket sales.
Thank you for making our Annual Garden Walk a success!

#thankyou #doorcounty #sisterbay

The Sister Bay Historical Society wishes to extend our gratitude to all the property owners who have so generously opened their gardens and properties, to the many volunteers who have helped organize this event, and to the local businesses which assisted with ticket sales.
Thank you for making our Annual Garden Walk a success!

#thankyou #doorcounty #sisterbay

Sturgeon Bay will get upper Door Co. Cherries by WaterJune 8, 1925 – Green Bay Press-Gazette Fruit Growers’ Union Arrang...
08/04/2021

Sturgeon Bay will get upper Door Co. Cherries by Water
June 8, 1925 – Green Bay Press-Gazette

Fruit Growers’ Union Arranges for Boat Line from Orchards to Warehouses.
The Door County Fruit Growers Union have purchased additional dock property and water frontage at the foot of Portage Street adjoining the large plant and warehouse.
A deal has been closed whereby the concern has become owner of the Peterson pier and houses, of the estate of the late Martin Peterson. The dock will be improved within the next year and fruit shipments from all points in northern Door County will be brought to this dock by water. During the present season, cold-packed fruit from northern Door County will be brought to this city by truck.
A railroad track will be built on the pier and cherries will be loaded directly from boats to waiting freight cars, according to the plans for next season.
The concern also expects to purchase dock property and additional waterfront at Sister Bay where a branch canning plant is ready for operation. The concern has an option on the dock and property of the Liberty Grove Produce Company at Sister Bay.
Charles Augustine, superintendent of the Canning Company is advertising for 400 helpers, 200 men, and 200 women for the busy canning season. Additional help will also be needed for the branch plants at Sister Bay and Egg Harbor which will be operated this year for the first time.
Every indication points to a busy season and the cherries will be ripe at the usual time around July 4 or 5.

Sturgeon Bay will get upper Door Co. Cherries by Water
June 8, 1925 – Green Bay Press-Gazette

Fruit Growers’ Union Arranges for Boat Line from Orchards to Warehouses.
The Door County Fruit Growers Union have purchased additional dock property and water frontage at the foot of Portage Street adjoining the large plant and warehouse.
A deal has been closed whereby the concern has become owner of the Peterson pier and houses, of the estate of the late Martin Peterson. The dock will be improved within the next year and fruit shipments from all points in northern Door County will be brought to this dock by water. During the present season, cold-packed fruit from northern Door County will be brought to this city by truck.
A railroad track will be built on the pier and cherries will be loaded directly from boats to waiting freight cars, according to the plans for next season.
The concern also expects to purchase dock property and additional waterfront at Sister Bay where a branch canning plant is ready for operation. The concern has an option on the dock and property of the Liberty Grove Produce Company at Sister Bay.
Charles Augustine, superintendent of the Canning Company is advertising for 400 helpers, 200 men, and 200 women for the busy canning season. Additional help will also be needed for the branch plants at Sister Bay and Egg Harbor which will be operated this year for the first time.
Every indication points to a busy season and the cherries will be ripe at the usual time around July 4 or 5.

Less than a week away from our Gardens Galore and So Much More garden walk! Pick up your tickets this morning at the Sis...
07/31/2021

Less than a week away from our Gardens Galore and So Much More garden walk! Pick up your tickets this morning at the Sister Bay Farmer's Market - or other participating locations. (Find more information here: https://sisterbayhistory.org/event/garden-walk/)

It is going to be a great day of beautiful gardens and historical properties!
Thursday, August 5, 10 am - 4 pm - in the Sister Bay and Ellison Bay Area.

Preserve our community's rich historical past.We invite all Sister Bay and Liberty Grove residents to bring their person...
07/28/2021

Preserve our community's rich historical past.
We invite all Sister Bay and Liberty Grove residents to bring their personal historical photos for scanning and recording into the Society's archive.

Please contact John Nelson 920-421-1589 or Donna Fearing 920-421-3688 for more information.

Don Beckstrom, Myron LaPlant, Jim Olson - photo courtesy of Tammy Thoranison.

Preserve our community's rich historical past.
We invite all Sister Bay and Liberty Grove residents to bring their personal historical photos for scanning and recording into the Society's archive.

Please contact John Nelson 920-421-1589 or Donna Fearing 920-421-3688 for more information.

Don Beckstrom, Myron LaPlant, Jim Olson - photo courtesy of Tammy Thoranison.

The recipe of the month is Quick Cherry Coffee Cake - the perfect recipe since the cherries are ready for picking!
07/25/2021

The recipe of the month is Quick Cherry Coffee Cake - the perfect recipe since the cherries are ready for picking!

The recipe of the month is Quick Cherry Coffee Cake - the perfect recipe since the cherries are ready for picking!

Sister Bay Set to Provide Guests with Entertainment:Sister Bay, a picturesque summer resort on the western side of the D...
07/22/2021

Sister Bay Set to Provide Guests with Entertainment:
Sister Bay, a picturesque summer resort on the western side of the Door County peninsula, is planning a “bigger and better” holiday celebration for the Fourth of July weekend, promising to set a record in entertainment in the community.

A parade, floats, picnicking, addresses, a giant water carnival, baseball, and music throughout the day – it will be a full day for any and all who come to Sister Bay for their Independence Day holiday, to be observed on Monday, July 5, 1937.

The festivities open at 10:30 in the morning with the parade through the village streets. Floats are entered from many of the nearby communities as well as by many parties in Sister Bay.

An old-fashioned get-together picnic follows at noon, to be held in Water Front park. The Sister Bay Women’s Club is in charge, assuring the success of the event, and the women will operate lunch stands for those who do not bring their own refreshments.

The speaker of the day is former Attorney-General John W. Reynolds of Green Bay, a native of Door County. He will deliver the holiday address from the bandstand in the village park. Immediately following the address, the water carnival will go on in scenic Sister Bay. It is under the direction of Mrs. Mildred Carlson, Door County WPA recreational director.

Read the rest of the article here: https://sisterbayhistory.org/sister-bay-set-to-provide-guests-with-entertainment/

Sister Bay Set to Provide Guests with Entertainment:
Sister Bay, a picturesque summer resort on the western side of the Door County peninsula, is planning a “bigger and better” holiday celebration for the Fourth of July weekend, promising to set a record in entertainment in the community.

A parade, floats, picnicking, addresses, a giant water carnival, baseball, and music throughout the day – it will be a full day for any and all who come to Sister Bay for their Independence Day holiday, to be observed on Monday, July 5, 1937.

The festivities open at 10:30 in the morning with the parade through the village streets. Floats are entered from many of the nearby communities as well as by many parties in Sister Bay.

An old-fashioned get-together picnic follows at noon, to be held in Water Front park. The Sister Bay Women’s Club is in charge, assuring the success of the event, and the women will operate lunch stands for those who do not bring their own refreshments.

The speaker of the day is former Attorney-General John W. Reynolds of Green Bay, a native of Door County. He will deliver the holiday address from the bandstand in the village park. Immediately following the address, the water carnival will go on in scenic Sister Bay. It is under the direction of Mrs. Mildred Carlson, Door County WPA recreational director.

Read the rest of the article here: https://sisterbayhistory.org/sister-bay-set-to-provide-guests-with-entertainment/

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10310 Fieldcrest Rd
Sister Bay, WI
54234

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Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-3PM, Memorial Day Weekend to Fall Festival (2nd W-E of October). Heritage Program and Farmers Market each Saturday. Group Tours welcome.

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Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm

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The Sister Bay Historical Society and the Corner of the Past Museum rely completely on volunteers to exist and operate. We, like most non-profit organizations, are always in desperate need of volunteers. We have always had some hardy members who were willing to get involved and help whenever needed, but as people age and sometimes move away, this is a tourist and retirement community after all, we seem to have less and less volunteers each year. The work the Society does in preserving our areas history and memories of its residents and pioneers is important work and needs to continue in order to keep our history alive in the present. The Corner of the Past Museum is an important asset to our community in presenting that history to the public and providing a destination for tourists and researchers wanting to learn of the areas past. We do seriously need more people to become involved with the society and the operation of the museum to keep it open and operating.

If you enjoy volunteering and contributing your time and talents to a worthwhile cause please consider joining our volunteer program. We are a very informal organization and welcome all, whether you are a resident or visitor, history buff or not. We especially need volunteers to welcome visitors to the museum and the various buildings, having a previous knowledge of their histories is not necessary as we can teach you that. If you like people, if you like being useful, if you like education, if you like contributing to people’s enjoyment of this area, and especially if you like history and preserving the past, please join us and become a volunteer for the Sister Bay Historical Society and the Corner of he Past Museum. Contact any board member or JoAnne Penny our volunteer coordinator, or Darlene Kolp our Docent organizer.

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Superman visited the Corner of the Past Farm Market today! Brita,Donald (Superman) and Steven from Milwaukee enjoyed the market! Thanks for coming! Join us today 9-1
The 18th Annual Garden Walk Thursday, July 9th 10 am to 1 pm TICKETS $20 at the Saturday Corner of the Past Farmers Market or at Jerry's Flowers, Sister Bay Advancement Office, and the Sunnypoint Gardens in Egg Harbor. 🙂 Rain or Shine
Hope to see you all at this event WEDNESDAY - JUNE 27 - 4:30pm Bring a friend or neighbor!
This is great...bring mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and the kids will love the Traveling Trunk.