FLAT ROCK, N.C. (WLOS-TV) - The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will celebrate its 50th anniversary with poetry, music, house and museum tours, outdoor activities, birthday cake, and a formal ceremony commemorating Sandburg's legacy. The public is invited to join in this special celebration. A list of activities and participation opportunities follows.
Join Park Superintendent Polly Angelakis, National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel, and poets Glenis Redmond and Kimberly Simms as they reflect on and celebrate the history of the park and Sandburg's legacy. The program concludes with a folk music set by Grammy award-winning musician Dan Zanes. Birthday cake and other refreshments will be served during the music.
Tours of the Sandburg Home and outdoor activities will be available throughout the day from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
The 50th anniversary celebration is supported by the National Park Service, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and Eastern National, the non-profit partner that operates the park bookstore.
"People loved Sandburg's poetry because they could see their lives, struggles, and hopes reflected and magnified in his words," said Superintendent Polly Angelakis. "Sandburg became known as the Poet of the People because he honored every person, from every walk of life. It is fitting that his home became a national park site, to be enjoyed by everyone, and we look forward to the next 50 years."
In the 1960's the National Park Service was actively seeking to preserve America's cultural heritage. After Carl Sandburg's death in 1967, Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall traveled to Flat Rock, North Carolina and met with Mrs. Sandburg to discuss the possibility of Connemara becoming a unit of the National Park System. With the support and input from the Sandburg family, the Congressional delegation, and the community, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site was authorized on October 17, 1968.
The site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Carl Sandburg and communicating the stories of his works, life, and significance as an American poet, writer, historian, biographer of Abraham Lincoln, and social activist. The site preserves and interprets the farm, Connemara, where Sandburg and his family lived for the last 22 years of his life (1945-1967).