History of Sheboygan Series, sponsored by the Mead Public Library as part of its NEH-funded Common Heritage project on Sheboygan's history.
Presented by Beth Dippel, executive director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, on the third Thursday, April through September, at Mead Public Library at 6 p.m., in the library's Rocca Meeting Room.
On May 19, the program will cover Sheboygan's Lakefront and Riverfront.
In 1837, when the first few settlers began to arrive in the area, the Sheboygan River emptied into Lake Michigan at the foot of Center Avenue. A sand bar at the mouth of the river prevented any but the smallest boats from entering. Over time, piers were added, a harbor was constructed, the river’s course altered and progress made. From its rustic beginning in 1837, through the massive commercial activity of the 1940s and 1950s, to present day usage by pleasure boats and surfers, we’ll follow the lakefront and river history through its growth, near demise and rebirth.