History on the Move looks at park

History on the Move returns to the Cedar Grove Public Library, 131 Van Altena Ave., Cedar Grove Tuesday, March 8, at 1 p.m.

The topic for the day is Kohler-Andrae State Park- A Historical and Ecological Gem. Jim Mohr, a member of the Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park, will be on hand to tell us about the beauty and history of the land.

The history of the area now called John Michael Kohler and Terry Andrae State Parks is a fascinating tale of ancient seas, mountain crushing glaciers, Native Americans, explorers and immigrants.

Kohler-Andrae’s landscape is an interesting mix of river marsh, pine and hardwood forests, long beaches and beautiful sand dunes overlooking one of the largest bodies of fresh water on earth - Lake Michigan.

In 1924 Frank Theodore (Terry) Andrae purchased 92 acres of lakeshore property from a retired fisherman and later purchased another 30 acres. After her husband’s death in 1927, Mrs. Andrae donated all 122 acres of her “pine dunes” lakeshore property to the state of Wisconsin to be known from then on as Terry Andrae State Park.

In April, 1966, the people of the state accepted the gift of another park donation which was 280 acres in size. This parcel was donated by the Kohler Co. as a memorial to John Michael Kohler, the founder of the Kohler Co.

In the years following both the John M. Kohler and Terry Andrae donations, the state of Wisconsin purchased an additional 600 acres of property, bringing the total acreage of both parks combined to about 1,000 acres. Although still considered two properties with adjacent boundaries, the parks are managed as one unit by the Department of Natural Resources.

Sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, this program is open to the public and free of charge.

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