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November/December 2022 Newsletter

Hello Friends! 


It is time to embrace the holidays and winter as the leaves cover the sacred site of the Abbie Cabin Campus. We have just come through a highly active time of site evaluations and analysis of the future for the campus. Due to the generosity of various donors and local construction crews, we have purchased, and will soon be erecting, a tent surrounding the historic cabin to preserve it for major upcoming repairs next spring. Over the winter months, our Executive Board will be reviewing the completed evaluations of the buildings, monuments, and properties. We will also be presented with a plan guiding future interpretive center work.  


Our group continues to promote the account of Abbie and of the conflict that erupted between two colliding cultures in the middle 1800’s in a variety of ways. We sense that the conflict story is gaining new-found interest as this generation is ready to process its entirety. Plans are being formalized for another early spring Lakes presentation containing new information. Publishing of our Facebook page and work on local oral narratives relating to Abbie are ongoing. We anticipate the State of Iowa Archaeologist, Dr. John Doershuk, will continue his excavation next summer. The Friends look forward to summer re-roofing of the cabin and for monument clean-up to begin as movement is made toward a more unified Campus. 


Please consider our tax deductible “Friends” group in your end of the year planning. The past year used mostly funds provided by our group to accomplish the evaluations. Next summer we anticipate the State of Iowa to provide most of the funding to repair the cabin roof and clean the monuments. Your active interest and continued support will be appreciated.  



With much gratitude, 

Anita Bomgaars 

Executive Chairperson of the Friends of Abbie Gardner Cabin Historical Site 

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