By Paul Schmitt
The history of the “Great Fire of 1871”, known locally as the Pestigo Fire, lives on with special presentations by Barb (Englebert) Chisholm of Sturgeon Bay. Chisholm is a fifth-generation American of Belgian decent with ancestors who survived the devastating fire over 145 years ago. Dressed in character as her great-great-grandmother, Chisholm shares the story of the Englebert family’s survival.
Chisholm, who is the secretary of the Peninsula Belgian-American Club, is scheduled to speak at the Door County Senior Center in Sturgeon Bay this Tuesday at 12:45 pm and also at the Kewaunee County Historical Society Center on Ellis Street in Kewaunee at 1 pm next Saturday, February 4.