Carl Sandburg National Historic Site


We went to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock yesterday. We took a tour of the home with a volunteer who was fascinating. Carl Sandburg was a writer, poet, biographer who won two Pulitzer Prizes but Mrs. Sandburg was a champion goat breeder. The goats are still at the site, being taken care of by rangers and volunteers.

But like all National Park site, this one needs help from its friends. Hence the fundraiser.

CarlSandburg-inside homeThe Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara will host their third Hobo Ball featuring dinner, entertainment and an auction to benefit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. In the spirit of a Hobo Ball dress is casual and denim is certainly
popular.  Knap sacks are welcomed.

Proceeds from the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara and the Hobo Ball support diverse and growing educational programming for youth, school groups and the visiting public at Carl Sandburg Home NHS.  This spring Poet Christina Lovin resided in the Historic Farm Manager’s House and served as the Inaugural Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence. 

“The Friends have consistently been there in funding the site’s education programs and developing the Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.  Their support is critical to ensuring school groups, families and and all who visit have an enjoyable and meaningful experience,” says Connie Backlund, park superintendent.

The other National Park Service sites dedicated to writers include John Muir National Historic Site in CA,  Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site also in CA, Longfellow National Historic Site in MA and Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in PA.

Carlsandburg - Lenny in chairFor more information or to secure reservations, please contact Kathleen Hudson at 828-698-5208 or Jan Spicka at 828-891-1606.  Additional information is also available at

We walked to Big Glassy and then back to the house where Lenny found Sandburg’s chair.



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