By Tim Kowols
An organization in Gills Rock is hoping to protect the history of its Native American past with help from the county. Last month, Matt Velguth from the Gills Rock Interpretive Center presented his ideas to preserve the 1600s era rock paintings that tell the story of a battle between the Iroquois Federation and Anishinabe tribes. The organization requested $25,000 to start developing signage for the historical site and a structure with lights and cameras allowing visitors to see the drawings without potentially destroying. Velguth says it is important to take measures now to protect the site for generations to come.
Velguth, who also wrote a book on the Gills Rock petragraphs, hopes a temporary structure could be put in place so visitors can safely see the site and to kick-off fundraising efforts. The plans will be discussed at the next Door County Airport and Parks Committee meeting on June 14 at the Cherryland Airport.
Cover Art Courtesy Of Matt Velguth