The Franklin Historical Society, headquartered in the Franklin House of History, has had some financial difficulties in the last few years. As part of their on-going fundraising efforts they’ve recently joined the Amazon Smile.
History of the House of History
Before the restoration of the Almanzo Wilder Farm, the Franklin Historical Society was the place to go in Malone, New York to learn about the James Wilder family. Their displays and photos (they had a gorgeous set of 5 X 7s that I don’t have copies of in my collection yet, but you can seem them at the museum in Pepin) provided a peek at farm life in Malone about that time. They also published Dorothy Smith’s early research articles in their impressive historic publications.
Amazon has created a program where if you go in through Amazon smile instead of straight a small percentage of every purpose (taken off Amazon’s share – prices don’t increase) and donate it to your chosen destination. Learn more about it on their FAQs. I’ve thought this was a great idea. I’ve been supporting the USS Constitution aka Old Iron Sides, but have been encouraging the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to adopt the program. I hadn’t heard of any of them doing so and they hadn’t last time I checked, but it looks like several have come on board since then.
Franklin Historical Society is the first museum even tangentially related to Laura Ingalls Wilder to publicize that they’ve joined the program and it led me to search again and quite a few Laura organizations have joined. If you shop on Amazon, please consider going in through Amazon Smiles. Find it online at: http://smile.amazon.com To support Franklin County,
search for FCHMS by searching for EIN: 14-1499839 or by keyword.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Amazon Smile Organizations
If you search the Amazon Smiles site, you can now give a percentage to:
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association – Mansfield MO
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society Incorporated – De Smet SD
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Tourist Center – Walnut Grove MN
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society – De Smet SD
- Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association – Malone NY
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Inc – Burr Oak IA
You can also switch your organization as often as you want so join up with Amazon Smile today.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.