December Newsletter| Schumacher Farm Park
December 2014


What a busy and rewarding year it has been!  As board president it is my pleasure to send you holiday greetings along with a big thank you to all of our volunteers who put in many hours at the park, to our members who support us with their dues and our visitors who come to our park to enjoy, participate and reminisce.  It is indeed your park as you have helped to create and maintain the authenticity of the rural Dane County farmstead of yesteryear and the prairie.


Staff and volunteers working together have maintained the integrity of the heritage gardens, kept a happy and vibrant flock of chickens, welcomed enthusiastic Prairie School 4th graders and held a summer program for adventuresome primary school age children.  These events happened because of volunteers and donors like you.

Please enjoy our new electronic newsletter to learn of our recent events and plans for the future.  Letter continued below...

$200,000 for Schumacher Farm

The Center For Rural History (the red barn) will finally have bathrooms with running water, and a mechanical room with a heating system. Remaining funds may be used to install in-floor radiant heating for the main level.  This generous $200,000 grant from Dane County Parks gives us the jump start we needed to begin using the building as it was intended.


There will be a need for additional funding and work to finish the main floor interior. In addition to the rest rooms, the first floor will house an educational & meeting area, a small kitchen and office space to accommodate our museum and community needs. Future plans include installing an elevator, finishing the 2nd floor & the mezzanine and creating displays for our historical collections.  

We would like to thank our Dane County Representative, Tim Kiefer, who added an Amendment to the 2015 budget for Schumacher Farm to get this much needed money.  Friends of Schumacher Farm Board members also attended many meetings to advocate for the Center.

Many thanks to everyone who helped us get this project moving again!

Career Opportunity

We are currently accepting applications for a Park and Program Manager. This full-time, salaried position is responsible for overseeing and coordinating various operations, services, programs, and activities for Schumacher Farm Park. For the complete job description and how to apply, click here.



Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you fatigued by the commercialization of the holiday season? Why not try something new this year, and give your loved ones a taste of simpler times with a membership to Schumacher Farm Park!  We have single, family and partner memberships at every price level.  Click here to learn more about our membership levels and benefits.
And if you love Schumacher Farm Park as much as we do and want to make a gift to us (wow! thank you!) we have a wish list of items that will keep our park beautiful and our programs strong. Click here
for a list of items and ideas that will benefit Schumacher Farm Park long past Christmas morning! 

Winter Workshops

Don't let the winter blues get you down. Try something new with our winter workshops at the farm. Come on February 21 and we'll keep you cozy and warm from the inside out with our Wood Stove Sourdough Bread and Soup Workshop!  Our experienced instructors will show you two sourdough techniques and you'll make and try two soups made on our historic stove.

Or are sweets more your thing?  Then register to learn how to Make Maple Syrup in Your Backyard this March. It's easy to learn more and sign up but spots are limited for both workshops.  Don't miss out! Just click on this link and join us for winter fun! 

A Season for Gratitude
In a season during which we celebrate family, friends and our many blessings, we would like to express our deep gratitude for our Schumacher family of dedicated, hardworking volunteers, generous sponsors & donors and supportive members who make our park such a vital part of the community.  Because of you, we've been able to educate students of all ages about Wisconsin history, creatively engage hundreds of people in fun events like Heritage Fest and Halloween at the Farm, and maintain the beautiful buildings and grounds as Marcella Schumacher would have wished. We've put on a new roof, rewired our electricity, helped our chickens and garden to flourish, and made exciting plans for the future. We are thrilled by how you've helped Schumacher Farm Park to thrive and look forward to another wonderful year in 2015.  
Thank you!
Heritage Fest 2014

The sun came out just in time to welcome hundreds of guests to Heritage Fest.  By all accounts, Schumacher's signature event was a huge success, and the beautiful weather made it even more fun.  Over 90 volunteers helped with horse and buggy rides; threshing, carpentry and blacksmith demos; concessions, games, cuddly farm critters and so much more.  We can't wait for next year! Congratulations to this year's raffle winners:
  • Donna Hellenbrand - Wood stove dinner for 6
  • Patty Witte - Handmade quilt
  • Tim Pattermann - Hand-painted mailbox & garden tools
Click on this Heritage Photo Album link to see our gallery of all the fun.

President's Letter continued...


As we adhere to our mission of preservation, restoration and education our projects are many.  The granary has been shingled, the 1909 Schumacher Barn has started some renovation, and the board has petitioned for funding from Dane County to enable us to work toward  finishing the Center For Rural History.


This is the first time we are sending our newsletter electronically.   We want to conserve our costs of mailing, and hope you will appreciate this method of communicating with you.  

Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year,
Rosa Ropers
Friends of Schumacher Farm

In This Issue
Quick Links
Annual Calendar 2015 
Board and Trustees 
Fun at the Farm
Halloween Hijinks 
Did you come for a haunted hayride on the farm this October?  If you did, you were in good company with over 700 neighbors! The evening was full of devilish delights for all ages. Check out more fun photos by clicking this 
Field Trip Art
Waunakee Prairie Elementary School's 4th Graders visited Schumacher Farm in October for to experience what life was like in 1920's rural Wisconsin. You can see what they learned by looking at the beautiful illustrated letters they sent us. 

Thank you so much, Prairie 4th Graders! We loved sharing the farm with you.

Who's there?  One of our prairie residents -  a downy woodpecker
Tim McConley is our maintenance person at the farm. He did a great job on the project.
Maintenance Marvels

New roof, new lights, new wiring!  We sure know how to keep our staff and volunteers busy.  Learn all about the amazing work our Maintenance Committee performed this year by clicking here.  And watch for other "Spotlight Volunteers" in upcoming newsletter to learn about the time and talents of our incredible supporters.

Did You Know?


That in 1927 the United States had a population of approximately 120 million.  Half of those 120 million, like Henry & Evaline Schumacher, lived on farms or in small towns.  Today only 15% of Americans still live on farms or in small towns.  


Henry Schumacher and horse drawn sleigh.

Save the Date!

We want to celebrate YOU!  Please mark your calendars for our Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting on March 22 at the Waunakee Village Center.  Watch our event calendar here for more details.
Save Your Stuff!

Rather do your Spring Cleaning in the winter? Then start saving your gently used but unwanted items for our May Garage Sale. Watch for details in our next e-newsletter.

Merry Christmas from Schumacher Farm Park. This photo shows a young Marcella Schumacher posing with her cat and the Christmas tree circa 1920. Marcella is all dressed up so it's likely that this photo was taken on Christmas morning before church. They mus
Marcella Schumacher - Christmas morning 1920
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