In follow-up to our recent post on “The best literary sites for kids”, we wanted to report on a new study issued last week by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), which found that additional funding and staffing are urgently needed for the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site to ensure the continued preservation of its historic structures and archival collections.
Although the poet’s literary career is most often associated with the Windy City and Midwest prairies, Sandburg moved to Connemara Farm (located outside of Asheville, NC) in 1945 so that his wife, Lilian, could have the benefit of the South’s greener pastures and longer grazing seasons for her goat-breeding operation.
Sandburg’s three-story house and all of its possessions were donated to the National Park Service by Lilian after her husband’s death in 1967. Today, some 85,000 visitors a year, including many children, visit the site to tour the house, view descendants of Lilian’s prize-winning dairy goats (still raised on the farm today) and hike the five miles of trails that the Sandburg family once enjoyed. Click here to find out ways to help support this vibrant literary site or here to take a virtual tour of the museum.