Date: August 3, 2019
Door County Historical Society
2041 Michigan St
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
“Mary Lou will present the history of her family, which emigrated from Norway in 1846, and then seventeen years later arrived in Sturgeon Bay. This story will be interlaced with the histories of Door County, Sturgeon Bay, and the Hanson family.”
More Info: This was a special presentation for me because it happened in the tiny kitchen of this historic house which Hans Hanson built in 1857, the same year that my great-grandfather Tallak bought the property on the north border of Hans’ property. I’m not sure that Tallak and family lived on that land for long, but the children of Hans and Bertha and Tallak and Ellen were the same ages at that time – perhaps they were friends. Tallak and Hans could exchange stories of life in the southeast coast of Norway, where both were from. It was pretty exciting for me to find this discover of the Door County Historical Society, and the history of its original settlers.
Learn more about the Hanson family here from this article in the Door County Pulse Magazine. LINK: https://doorcountypulse.com/hanson-norwegian-homestead-nowopen-after-two-years/
An article in the Door County Magazine highlighted the find in its 2014 Spring issue here https://content.doorcountyadvocate.com/door-county/magazine/archive/index.php?x=21&season=Spring&year=2014