The Kewaunee County Historical Society’s Annual History Series opens Saturday with a presentation about Kewaunee Harbor and Lighthouse History.
Speakers Mike Kostka, Jim Schaller, and Dr. Robin Nelson-Sivret also will share the future plans for preserving the lighthouse and harbor. Schaller and Nelson-Sivret are members of the city’s ad hoc Lighthouse Presevation Committee.
The event is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the KCHS History Center, 217 Ellis St., Kewaunee.
This spring the Kewaunee lighthouse is expected to undergo repair and restoration as part of the waterfront redevelopment project in the city. The lighthouse is listed on the Wisconsin Historical Register, and eligible for the National Register. The windows have been protecting the lighthouse since 1909 and need repair to the original condition so that the lighthouse can remain on the register.
The nonprofit Friends Of The Kewaunee Pier Head Lighthouse has been raising funds to complete the window restoration. Their goal is $30,000.
Saturday’s event kicks off the KCHS Annual History Series. The presentation will be followed by a social time featuring a light lunch and refreshments.
Other events in the series:
“Belgians who served in the Civil War,” 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the center. Local historian and author John Mertens gives a presentation on the history of the Belgians from Kewaunee County who served in the Civil War. Mertens has already written a book on the subject and is presently working on his second book.
“St. John Lutheran Church in Rankin,” 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25. Mark Teske’s presentation will include the history of the church at Highway 54 and County Road D, which will be celebrating 150-year anniversary in 2017.
“The Great Fire of 1871,” 1-3 p.m. March 4. Barb Chisholm is a fifth-generation American of Belgian decent whose ancestors survived the disaster. It is a story of great hardships, faith in God, miracles, and eventual triumph. Chisholm is the secretary of the Peninsula Belgian-American Club and has given numerous educational presentations about the Great Fire.
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