Remembering Marjorie and Preserving her Legacy
Please Consider a Year-End Gift to the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings passed away 67 years ago. Today, people visiting Antioch Cemetery would see mementos like, pencils, a small deer statue and an orange on her grave, left by people inspired by her works. Her grave marker reads:
“Through her writings, she endeared herself to the people of the world.”
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park and the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., are dedicated to preserving Rawlings’ home in Cross Creek, Florida, including the citrus groves, farm animals, and her beloved garden. Doing so helps to preserve her rich literary legacy.
Recent park guests have commented about their visit to the homestead:
- Thank you for preserving this historical home.
- “The Yearling” was the first book I read. I was six years old. Cried at the end.
- It's a rainy day, but this place is always shining in my deep childhood memories.
- What a writer, what a woman, wow.
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, including the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm. The pandemic prevented our fundraising activities. But we still had expenses to help maintain the home and the grounds.
Won't you help preserve this historic homestead for future Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings readers?
Your year-end gift - large or small – may be used to help purchase fertilizer for the citrus grove, paint for the house, chicken scratch feed, repair of the welcome kiosk, and other expenses.
On-line giving: https://marjoriekinnanrawlings.org/home/about-us/donate/
Or make your checks payable to the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., and mail to the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., P.O. Box 337, Micanopy, FL 32667-0337.
Thanking you in advance and wishing you a wonderful holiday season,
President, Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc.
Life and Times in Cross Creek: Memories and Reflections”
The one hour special program called, "Life and Times in Cross Creek: Memories and Reflections” was produced by Donna Green-Townsend. The program features very unique historic video, audio and photos of friends and neighbors of the late Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, including such characters as the late author and artist from Evinston, J. T. Glisson, “Snow” and Ella Mae Slater, Berney Bass and the late actor Rip Torn to name a few.
Donna, who produced and created the film, is a board member of the Friends and a Murrow Award-winning journalist. She is a longtime Cross Creek resident.
DVDs are available for $15 plus $4 for postage and handling. All proceeds benefit projects on the farm. Please make your check payable to Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., and mail to PO Box 337, Micanopy, FL 32667-0337
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books now for sale at the PARK
The Friends of the MKR Farm sell several of Marjorie's book following house tours. Copies of The Yearling, Cross Creek, Cross Creek Cookery , and a few others are available.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or visit the PARK.
Here is Home: MKR and Cross Creek
Here is Home is a 40-minute documentary created by Sonya Doctorian about MKR's life and work using five oral history interviews, interviews of researcher and scholars, numerous site visits and library research in 2018..
Oral histories included interviews with J.T. Glisson, Carol Fiddia Laxton, Hettie Ross, Mrs. Dorsey Townsend, Bobby Townsend and Roy Bass.
Scenes were filmed at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park with help from park rangers and staff.
The DVD version is available for sale at $22. Send a check to the Friends of MKR Farm, PO Box 337, Micanopy, FL 32667, and a copy will be mailed to you. For more information, contact email@example.com
The Friends of the MKR Farm has a wish list of items needed for the farm. We are looking for:
- riding lawn mower blades
- new citrus trees to enhance the grove
- new trail marker signs
Recently, the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm provided matching funds so that the park could purchase its very own electric utility vehicle. The vehicle is being built to order and should arrive in time for our summer chores, which include re-bedding and fertilizing the citrus trees. You most likely won’t see the vehicle on tour days, but it sure will come in handy on work days. We will post pictures in the next newsletter. THANK YOU, FRIENDS!