Who We Are

The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. (FOCS) was established more than 30 years ago to support the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. FOCS is an all-volunteer organization with a Board of Directors composed of members with diverse careers, varied interests, and assorted talents. We all share deep respect for Sandburg’s history and pride in his family’s home at Connemara.

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“To support and promote directly the historical, scientific, literary, educational, and interpretive activities of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.”

We welcome anyone who wants to be involved in this local treasure.


Many FOCS board members volunteer elsewhere at the park as house docents, barn and goat caretakers, and gardeners. If you have interest in volunteering in one of those areas, please contact the Park Headquarters at 828-693-1478 as these areas are not part of FOCS’ activities.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Ranger Trevor Thomas
What We Do

The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. helps to:

  • PROMOTE vital education initiatives and free children’s programming, plus enhanced Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site visitor services, family friendly special events, as well as unique historical, literary and cultural education programs and traveling resource materials for teachers, students and the visiting public.
  • PROTECT the Park’s unique cultural and literary artifacts, landscapes, and trails for all to access, share and for future generations to enjoy.
  • PRESERVE the beautiful land, buildings, goat herd breeding program, botanical and horticultural assets of the Park for all to enjoy and for future generations.
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Programming Support

Funds raised each year by The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. supports free programming for all ages at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Some of our more popular programs include:

  • Carl Sandburg Music Festival (Memorial Day weekend)
  • Christmas at Connemara
  • Sandburg Sing-Alongs (Summer)
  • Writing or Poetry Workshops (Monthly)
  • Fresh Kids
  • Funds to support the goat herd at Connemara Farms
  • Education Intern
  • Volunteer Recognition

Our Leadership Team

2023 Board of Directors

John Berglin

Kristy Boon

Ginger Brown

Elizabeth Christenbury

Mike (Mick) Doefler

Donna More

Dallas Owens

Tony Robles

Marcia Shaffer

Ellen Sugarman

Officers

President, Dallas Owens

Vice President, Ellen Sugarman

Secretary, Ginger Brown

Treasurer, John Berglin