Welcome to the Official Website for Richard Proenneke . American Naturalist
May 4, 1916 - April 20, 2003
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Do you or did your family know Richard?
Do you have letters, photos, spoons, stories etc that you would share?
Do you want to be a part of something BIG? We need you!
Our new library will soon be underway and a major feature of this is the Richard Proenneke museum. Our desire is to recreate at least one wall of Richard's cabin. We have inherited many of Richard's items and memorabilia, however, Richard's Alaska cabin has been well preserved by the Lake Clark National Parks & Preserve, thus many of the items we would love to share in the museum are not available.
We are a non-for-profit 501c3 organization. The value of your donations may be tax deductible. All items accepted will become the property of the Friends of the Donnellson Public Library. They will be identified by the creator.
Volunteer Fan #1 is making replicas of wooden spoons and utinsels.
We have located a replica of one of Richard's cameras, some of the tools Richard used, and his favorite double bladed axe. We also just added a replica pair of snowshoes.
Below you will find photos of the interior of Richard's cabin. We are hunting for many of these items to display either in the museum itself or to be used at special exhibits. As you know, many things Richard had were hand-made, such as his chair, desk, wooden spoons, bowls, tables, his door hinges, bunk beds. Even the stove was built by Richard's brother Jake. Richard recycled all of the metal gasoline cans into a variety of items such as his berry picker, his dutch oven, various buckets, storage containers, etc. And, of course there are his snowshoes, backpacker, fishing pole, antlers, and his canoe that we would love to feature replicas of. Our goal is to educate those who visit and let them experience the richness of Richard's life at Twin Lakes Alaska, and his time spent here in Iowa educating the public. Are you up to the challenge to help us make this the best exhibit we can to honor this legend?
Send us an email stating what you would like to challenge yourself with doing or finding and keep us posted on your progress. We will post on this site if someone is working on a specific piece so we don't end up with mulitple duplicates. Please note, the replicas must be authentic, and "Richard Proenneke" quality items in order to be exhibited. The Friends of the Donnellson Public Library/Proenneke Committee will need to approve any items prior to accepting and exhibiting. Email us at: email@example.com