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Program To Explore History Of Commercial Fishing In Door County

The July 11 Gibraltar Talks program will focus on the interesting history of the commercial fishermen who ventured out into the waters of Green Bay from the small port of Fish Creek. They would set, lift, and mend gill nets.  Cleaning fish was a daily task. It was a time when fish houses covered with tar paper lined the shore and fishing boats were moored at village docks. Fishing was a way of life for many Door County residents.

Gibraltar talks are held at 7:00 p.m. at the old Gibraltar Town Hall on the corner of Maple and Spruce streets near the marina. Come discover the precursor to the Door County Fish Boil. Called a “steamer,” it was prepared on board the fishing vessel en-route back to the harbor after a day on the water.  Steamers were made from fish cleaned on board and were typically ready when the remainder of the catch had been cleaned and packed in ice.

Through interpretive storytelling, Ann Perry will recount the life and times of the commercial fisherman and his family. The presentation, originally conceived of while she attended UW-Stevens Point and called "My Grandfather the Fisherman," is a blend of information and stories passed down in the family.

Ann is from a pioneer Door County family, and can trace her roots back to some of the first settlers in the county and Fish Creek. Her grandfather, Roy Kinsey, spent many years fishing the waters off the peninsula with his brother, Neil (Pat) and their father Martin Kinsey.

Gibraltar Talks programs are open to the public and audience participation is always welcome. Programs are free, but free will donations are always appreciated to help GHA achieve its history-related goals.

For more information call (920) 868-9335 or visit


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