A message from Ephraim Historical Foundation Executive Director, Kelly Klobucher:
With great happiness I announce our plan to fully open our museums this summer-with a few modifications.
Our staff, volunteers and board of directors are to grateful to be able to welcome visitors back to our historic sites and museums in Ephraim. We missed you and are eager to greet our old friends and new visitors!
Our summer season will begin a few weeks earlier than in past years
We plan to open on Thursday, May 27 and will remain open a little later in the season too. At this time, we plan to staff the buildings through mid October, and may even add a new event or two as people get comfortable seeing each other in person again.
We have taken great care to plan activities, events and experiences that we hope will delight our guests while keeping our visitors, volunteers and staff safe. It is my hope that visitors will be flexible with us as we navigate the shifting needs and modifications required in making sure that even our most vulnerable guests feel safe, comfortable, and healthy.
We have created some wonderful historical content over the winter, and will continue to provide that along with a few online events while we transition back to in person events.
As I am sure you can imagine, planning for this season has been like flying an airplane while it is being built. As vaccines have become readily available, and Covid cases have dropped, and restrictions have been loosened, our plans have adjusted. We will follow the CDC Guidelines as well as any recommendations that come out of the Door County Health Department. Door County is a unique, wonderful place that is beloved by tourists. For that reason, we plan to monitor and follow local guidelines as well as CDC in order to insure that all people feel safe.
You may notice a few minor changes
In order to improve air quality, we called in experts to make recommendations in each of our buildings. We invested in ventilation fans for the Anderson Barn. Whenever possible, doors will be open to encourage fresh air flow. In all other buildings, we have installed Ultra Violet air purifiers, which inactivate airborne pathogens and microorganisms like mold, bacteria and viruses. We will limit the amount of people allowed in spaces until it is no longer necessary to remain physically distant.
When you visit, you will also see enhanced cleaning protocols, arrows to help direct traffic through out our buildings and limitations of how many people are allowed in different spaces. By now, these are things most of us are used to seeing in public spaces. We appreciate your patience with our staff and volunteers as we perform these additional duties to keep all visitors comfortable.
As of today, this is our summer schedule for the museums
Please keep in mind, this is subject to change due to availability of staff, volunteers and any potential restrictions. We will update our website and social media if things change.
A new exhibit will premier in the Anderson Barn at a private members only event on Friday, June 18, and will open to the general public on June 19. This exhibit, entitled, “Depicting a Village: Ephraim Through an Artists’ Eyes” is curated by our new Curator and Collections Manager Cody Schreck, and features works by Edgar S. Cameron, Mayble Holland, Karsten Topelmann and more. The exhibit offers a glimpse into how artists have portrayed the landscape and iconic landmarks in our beautiful village of Ephraim since the turn of the century.
The Anderson Store Museum will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4 pm. We will still offer yummy classic “penny” candy. Out of an abundance of caution, candy will be pre-packaged and sealed in 1/4 pound bags. Members, don’t forget: You receive a free bag of candy when you visit! Additionally, the side wings of the store will be re-set so that guests can view the exhibits from the porch of the store and from the interior doors. The smaller, domestically scaled sizes of these rooms make it difficult to practice social distancing while inside and people will now be able to see some of our exhibits without coming inside, or while waiting to enter the building if we have exceeded occupancy allowances.
The Pioneer School Museum, Goodletson Cabin, and Iverson House will be open for programs, events and during certain tram and walking tours. Due to Covid, we have had fewer docents and volunteers available to work in the museums this summer. We expect to add regular hours in these buildings as the summer progresses and as more volunteers and docents join and return to our team as things improve. For now, check our website for available dates to visit these buildings.
Classic Tram Tours are available from Tuesday – Friday at 10:30am and at other times by appointment. We request that guests book tram tours online so that staff can plan ahead for your visit.
Walking Tours are available on Friday at 10:30am and By Appointment
More programs, events and fun will be added as the summer rolls along and for the rest of the year
Covid has forever changed the way we do things. The technology we all learned to use to stay in touch while in quarantine has allowed us to become an organization which engages the public and our members all year round. We will continue to offer programs and activities online during times when the museum is traditionally closed and when tourists and summer residents are not here in Door County.