The Belgian Heritage Center will host a day of Remembrance of the Great Fire of 1871 on Saturday, October 8, 2022 the anniversary of the fire. On that day, fires devastated the landscape on both sides of the bay of Green Bay including a large part of the Belgian settlement area in Door, Brown, and Kewaunee Counties. The Great Fire forever changed the lives of the Belgian settlers and influenced the region for generations. This is a story of courage, suffering and rebuilding lives after one of the worst natural disasters in United States history.
At 10:30 and 2:30 Barb (Englebert) Chisholm will re-enact the story of survival of her great grandmother, Emerence (Gaspard) Englebert. At 12:30 Captain David Siegel, with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, will speak about the unusual nature of the Great Fire and why it was so deadly for so many.
There will be a lunch available for purchase with options of Belgian trippe and Salmon’s Hot Dogs.
The Belgian Heritage Center is located at 1255 County Road DK, Brussels (on the curve in Namur near the historical markers). For more information on the Belgian Heritage Center, you may visit www.belgianheritagecenter.org
Belgian Heritage Center
1255 Cty Rd DK