KCHS holds Winter History Series
The Kewaunee County Historical Society will hold its Winter History Series presentations on Saturdays at 1 p.m. during the month of February.
On Feb. 6, the society will host John Griffith with a presentation on the Tug Ludington. The World War II era tugboat built in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, towing ammunition barges across the English Channel. In 1947, the Corps of Engineers had the tug transferred to Kewaunee.
On Feb. 13, Richard Dorner will present on “The Life and Times of Edward Decker.” Decker become one of the most influential people in Kewaunee County. He was known as a businessman and politician. He helped organize Kewaunee County’s government offices, was a leader in the business world and involved in establishing new banks in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Feb. 20 presentation is “The History of Car Ferries and Lake Shipping” by Michael Kostka and will cover how car ferry transport affected Kewaunee’s economy and how the rail services stretching from Green Bay to Kewaunee made the city a lake port.
The Feb. 27 presentation is “Special Effects of the Railroad on Local Communities” by Linda Wallenfang and will cover how the coming of the railroad brought changes to New Franken and Kewaunee in 1891 and how those changes affected the way people conducted their lives.
The presentations will be held at the Kewaunee History Center, 217 Ellis St., in Kewaunee. The events are free and refreshments will follow each presentation. For more information, contact Arlette Bertrand at 920-845-2972.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: KCHS holds Winter History Series