By Paul Schmitt
The Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels is hosting a special presentation called “The Tale of the Peshtigo Fire” next Sunday, October 8. The date commemorates the 146th anniversary of the fire in 1871. Barb Chisholm will tell the story through the eyes of her great grandmother Emmerence Englebert. Chisholm says the history of the fire and impact on the Belgian community in Southern Door County is an important story to tell.
Presentations by Chisholm will be at 10 am and 1 pm on October 8. The free event will include the opportunity to view the recently installed exhibits including an interactive picture gallery and video gallery highlighting stories of the Belgian culture and Walloon language. The traditional soup chicken booyah will be served and available for $4 a bowl with proceeds going to the Belgian Heritage Center.