History Speaks

Discover the people, events, and landscapes that make the Village of Ephraim unique! History Speaks programs reveal Ephraim stories. Programs are free and open to the public, and are geared towards adults and families. Presenters share information in a variety of ways, both virtual and in-person, to meet the changing needs of Door County residents and visitors. 

History Speaks 2021

Please check this page often as venues and dates may change as Ephraim eases out of the pandemic. Programs will be added as staffing permits, and as the seasons change. Phone 920-854-9688 or email kharris@ephraim.org for the most current program information.

Tuesday July 13
History Mysteries at the Iverson House, 5 – 7 PM DROP-IN program. FAIR WEATHER ONLY. Plan on 20 minutes to visit 4 interactive educational stations. Visit four stations and receive a complimentary copy of The Door County Letters (one per household while supplies last). Stations feature a quote from Door County Letters and related artifacts from the EHF collection. All ages welcome. Uneven walking surface, access involves steep incline.
The Iverson House
Parking: Two parking options are offered. The first is at the Ephraim Moravian Church, 9970 Moravia Street, available from 5-7 PM. The parking lot is located on the east side of the church. Visitors may also park on the west side of Moravia Street. Less mobile participants may be dropped off at the top of the driveway of the Iverson House, but vehicles must park elsewhere. Questions or special needs? Phone 920-854-9688.
Tuesday July 20
Camp Meenahga Collection Drop by the Anderson Barn anytime from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM to see memorabilia from Meenahga Camp for Girls, located in Peninsula State Park from 1916-1948. See the banjolin signed by Meenahga girls in the 1920s, including the Turnbull twins, daughters of Andrew Turnbull who was the first president of the Green Bay Packers. See Pack and Paddle year books and the silver cup. Meet the author of From the Lookout, a 2020 WI Historical Press publication about the camp. Books available for sale with proceeds benefiting Door County historic preservation.
Wednesday July 28
Northern Sky’s Gould Theater
Curtain’s Up at Northern Sky Theater! 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Ephraim Village Hall. EHF welcomes Northern Sky Public Relations Director Holly Feldman. Discover the legacy of this nationally known theater company. From humble beginnings in 1970 at Peninsula State Park’s outdoor amphitheater to a new indoor space, the Gould Theater, Northern Sky Theater has become an iconic Door County experience. 920-854-9688. 
Wednesday August 4
Preserving Family Artifacts and Photos 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Ephraim Village Hall. EHF Curator Cody Schreck will share tips on best identification and preservation practices for family photos and other memorabilia. 920-854-9688. ephraim.org. Ephraim Historical Foundation.
Wednesday August 11
This sketch, signed by Head, is for a costume to be worn in Anything Goes (1956). Image courtesy of WI Center for Film and Theater Research.
Spotlighting the WCFTR’s Amazing Film & Theater Collection 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Ephraim Village Hall.

Did you know Wisconsin is not only the home of legendary stars of the stage and screen but also one of the world’s major research centers for entertainment history? Come and learn about the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research!  Find out about Wisconsinites who made it big in film, on television and on stage, watch Frank Lloyd Wright on the first late night TV talk show, see reproductions of Edith Head sketches for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Stephen Sondheim’s handwritten lyrics for the musical West Side Story, listen to Rod Serling read scripts from classic TV shows including Hill Street Blues and WKRP in Cincinnati. The EHF welcomes Mary Huelsbeck for this special program. 920-854-9688. 


2020 History Speaks Videos

2020 History Speaks videos are available to view on this website, the EHF Facebook page, and on the EHF Youtube page.  Past programs can be found on the EHF YouTube page

  • July 14 – The Moravians with Linda Carey

  • July 21 – Ephraim Summer Memories with Don Nelson, Susie Gebhardt, and G.G. Paschke


  • July 28 – Lights of the Lakes with Phil Block (© Phil Block)


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