By Paul Schmitt
The history of the “Great Fire of 1871”, known locally as the Pestigo Fire, lives on with special presentations by Barb (Englebert) Chisholm of Sturgeon Bay. Chisholm, a fifth-generation American of Belgian decent with ancestors who survived the devastating fire over 147 years ago, will speak at the Belgian Heritage Center next month. Dressed in character as her great-great-grandmother, Chisholm shares the story of the Englebert family’s survival.
Chisholm, who volunteers at the Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels, will present her program on Saturday, October 6 at 10 am and Sunday, October 7 at 10 am and 1 pm. Also on Sunday, October 7, Kathleen Ernst will speak about her new book, “The Lace Maker’s Secret, a Chloe Ellefson murder mystery” at 11:15 am.