By Tim Kowols
From the story of former slave Peter Custis forging a new life in the area to the tale of what a one bridge city does when its only route across the ship canal is compromised, “Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay” unearths history not well known. Publishers originally wanted author Heidi Hodges to do a book about Sturgeon Bay’s different neighborhoods, but it took a turn when it was realized the city was not big enough for the types of stories the book wanted to tell. With help from co-author Kathy Steebs, the pair researched and wrote about 20 stories covering Sturgeon Bay’s notable shipwrecks, local achievements, and other events lost in time. Hodges says the people they learned about stuck out to her.
Steebs says researching about the women of Sturgeon Bay was especially difficult.
The book will be released on July 16 with an official launch party slated to take place on August 9.