The house that helped build the road to OZ!
As seen on Today in CNY with Laura Hand and on Spectrum News- volunteers and donations are now needed as we begin the restoration project.
We are in need of Clean up (lots of junk to clean), windows, an HVAC system (heat) or repair, flooring, a large stone or cement step, carpentry work, interior electrical work, plumbing work, and a host of other things!
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This is the home where Lyman Frank Baum met his future bride, Maud Gage. Maud is widely credited with encouraging Baum to write down his stories, including his most famous work,
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".
Hand-in-hand with the affable and impressively focused International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation, we are going to save the home where L. Frank Baum met Maude Gage, his future bride and one of the principal people who encouraged him to write down the charming story with which he used to beguile his four sons and their friends…the story of a little girl from Kansas, and a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion. With the urging of Maude and her mother, Baum finally did write down – with a pencil, the stub of which he kept all his life – – a story then called "The Emerald City." This of course became the first truly American fairy tale-- “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”--which, over the next century, took its rightful place as our national epic, our Odyssey.
“The Baum/Neal House” is one of just a very few surviving residences in which L. Frank Baum,
the “Royal Historian of Oz,” actually spent time. Beyond that, it’s no exaggeration to state the
simple fact that one of the most pivotal moments of his life occurred there. Thus, its survival,
preservation, and restoration are a matter of both history and heart – and its endurance and
reclamation are essential. Its renovation also speaks for the betterment, good, and future of the
The magic of Oz deserves no less!
-- John Fricke
We need your help!