By Paul Schmitt
Retired ferry captain and author Dick Purinton of Washington Island has come out with a new book about a unique and historic Norwegian church on the Island. Purinton’s fifth publication is called “Island Stavkirke: The Story of Washington Island’s Norwegian Replica”. Stavkirke is Norwegian for stave meaning the mast or center pillars and Kirke meaning church. The history of the wooden structure dates back over a thousand years ago in Europe with the church on Washington Island being built in the early 1990’s. Purinton says the book shares why the church was built on the Island and the collaborative effort to build it.
The “Island Stavkirke” has well over 100 images inside the soft cover publication that had only 2,000 copies made, according to Purinton.
You can find the list of places the book is available for sale below or visit www.richardpurinton.com to order online.
Third Avenue Books (BookWorld) in Sturgeon Bay
Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Boutique in Sister Bay
Various locations on Washington Island