The Door County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization of more than 400 members dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation, and sharing of the heritage of Door County.

We are hiring!

Position Description:

Executive Director (full time)
Reports to: Door County Historical Society Board of Directors

  • Implements the strategic goals and objectives of the Door County Historical Society
  • With the President, enables the Board to fulfill its governance function
  • Gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Mission

Major Functions:

  • Board Administration and Support — Supports operation and administration of the Board (as a non-voting Board member) by advising and informing Board members and acting as an appropriate liaison between Board, staff and volunteers.
  • Programming and Service Delivery — Oversees creation, maintenance, promotion, delivery and quality of DCHS programs and services. Special attention will be given to creating and delivering programs suitable for adults and school-aged youth.
  • Financial Management — Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages the Society’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
  • Human Resource Management — Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to current laws and regulations
  • Community and Public Relations – Assures that the Door County Historical Society and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in strong, positive manner to relevant stakeholders
  • Development and Fundraising —Oversees development & fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach potential donors, submitting proposals and administrating development records and documentation. In addition, seeks funding to support vision, which may include grants, awards, sponsorships, revenues, donations, and in-kind collaborations
  • Site Management — Monitor and oversee 9 historic buildings at Heritage Village and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse while maintaining established partnerships with governmental organizations and local non-profits
  • Community Outreach — Develop and implement initiatives to reach, attract, and retain additional demographics.
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Board of Directors

Major Functions:

Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Individual must possess strong written and verbal communication skills and be highly organized. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Experience with QuickBooks Online and MailChimp preferred. Must have knowledge of social media or willingness to learn. Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Individual must be open to wearing period clothing.

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to have effective working relationships with Board, staff, volunteers, and visitors
  • Ability to use computer and telephone services to dispense information
  • Ability to walk or stand for an hour or more at a time and lift up to 25 pounds as necessary
  • Ability to have a flexible work schedule which includes working weekends during the summer and some evenings throughout the year

Salary dependent on previous education and experience.

All applications must include a cover letter, resume, two references, salary history and requirements.

Please submit your completed application to our Indeed.com posting: Executive Director

Our Mission

The Door County Historical Society strives to collect, maintain, and share the history and heritage of Door County through preservation, education and programming. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

The society meets monthly from April until November in different places throughout the county. The monthly meeting, held on the fourth Monday of the month*, consists of a dinner, a brief business meeting, and a program relating to local history. During the winter months, the society meets twice on Saturdays in February and March for programs on lunch.

Eagle Bluff Light Station Museum offers daily tours and special events. The Eagle Bluff Light Station is located within Peninsula State Park at 10249 Shore Road, Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

At Heritage Village at Big Creek, the society hosts historic programming and special events during the brief Door County summer. Visitors are able to walk through the buildings during a self-guided tour.
Heritage Village at Big Creek is located next to Crossroads at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

A Board of Directors and Committees, comprised of society members, oversees the finances and projects of the society which include maintaining and operating the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum, Heritage Village at Big Creek, and the Hanson Norwegian Homestead. The society also occasionally publishes The Peninsula, designates historical sites throughout the county, and provides educational programs for the community schools and groups.

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in any of the society’s activities.

Staff and Board of Directors

Executive Director

Bailey Koepsel

Eagle Bluff Site Manager

Elizabeth Charney


Jay Zahn

Vice President

Bill Chaudoir


Charlene Viste


Renee McAllister


Patrick Blizel
Linda Faust
Julie Gebauer
Tom Groenfeldt
Steven Jorns
Ann Schmitz

Ann Sheridan
Justin Skiba
Mark Stephenson
Mary Stephenson
Patty Williamson

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