Gainesville’s local ABC’s affiliate WCJB is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of interviews about Gainesville’s women pioneers. Upon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ death in 1953, her manuscripts were left to the University of Florida Library. Here is an interview with Haley Wade of WCJB and Florence Turcotte, archivist of the Rawlings papers at the library.
Welcome to the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc. We are a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) through the Florida Department of Parks and Recreation whose mission is to support the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farmyard is nationally significant in the area of literature as the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a leading 20th-century American writer whose works continue to interest scholars, students, and the general reading public. Rawlings lived in the house from 1928 until her death in 1953.
It was there that she wrote all of her major works, including the short stories that first brought her critical acclaim and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, The Yearling. The park includes the original frame house, outbuildings and citrus grove she described in her lyrical memoir, Cross Creek. In 2006, the property was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The purpose of the CSO is to conduct programs, foster activities, raise funds and make expenditures to facilitate and enhance and preservation and interpretation of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park under the direction of and with priorities set by the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks and the park manager.
The Friends of MKR Farm, Inc., produce annual programs for fundraising, special events, education, and outreach and awareness, to support the park.
Consider joining the Friends of MKR Farm to support Marjorie’s historical home and slice of Florida history.
CANCELLED: Writer’s Series -March 21, 2020 - Wanda Duncan
PENDING: Writer's Series - April 18, 2020 - Dorothy Smiljanich
Annual Scrub Walk on The Yearling Trail March 7, 2020
"The Pound Party" a play by Jim Stephens May 2019
Annual Birthday Party - August 2019
Friends' Annual Meeting and Special Presentation by Donna Green-Townsend Dec 7, 2019
Annual Holiday Party Dec 14, 2019
Sunshine State Book Festival, Jan 26, 2020