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Juneteenth story kicks off Door County History Days

The untold stories of the area are what the Heritage Alliance of Door County hopes you uncover over the next seven days and beyond. The organization kicked off its Door County History Days celebration on Monday morning with a special program featuring speakers from the state and local levels. Among the speakers were State Rep. Joel Kitchens, State Senator Andre Jacque, Rep. Mike Gallagher Constituent Services Representative Kelsey Fenske, and Wisconsin State Historical Society Ruth and Hartley Barker Director and CEO Christian Øverland. It was Øverland who revealed a story of how a native of Fish Creek and Door County became interweaved with the backstory of Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves on June 19th.


The Boynton Chapel in Baileys Harbor, the Pottawatomie Light House Museum on Rock Island, and the Juddville Cemetery are just some of the spots being highlighted as 15 non-profit organizations throughout Door County provide 30 programs for people to attend. You can find a listing of all of the events associated with Door County History Days by clicking this link.  

 

 

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