Fishtown is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. The heart of a commercial fishing village, Fishtown is one of the only places where we can see and feel a connection to the long tradition of Great Lakes maritime...Read More
Constructed in the 1860’s, on the tiny Chippewa Indian reservation in Forest County, Wisconsin, this log cabin was acquired by Danish adventurer and expatriate Wilhelm Dinesen in 1873. He named the cabin “Freydenlund” (Grove of Joy). Wilhelm’s daughter (Karen Blixen) who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen, penned the book “Out of Africa” in the 1930’s, which ultimately became a major motion...Read More
The Milton House, an 1840’s era hexagonal traveler’s inn, represents the Jeffris Family Foundation’s interest in funding some of the most significant and unique projects in America. The Milton House is a National Historic Landmark and is Wisconsin’s only documented Underground Railroad site. It also has the distinction of being the first “poured in place” concrete structure in the United States. “ Because of its connection to the Underground Railroad, the Milton House site was named a National Historic Landmark in 1988 –the highest honor the National Park Service can bestow on a site. We at the National Park Service are grateful to the Jeffris Family Foundation for their efforts to help preserve the Milton House and for their commitment to historic preservation in the Midwest.” – Diane Miller, National Coordinator, National Underground Network to Freedom Program, National Park...Read More
The Foundation assists the development of historic sites for non-profit organizations in small towns and cities in the eight states of the Midwest (WI, MN, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, MI).
The Jeffris Family Foundation was established in 1979 by Bruce and Eleanor Jeffris, and their son Tom. Bruce Jeffris was born of a pioneer family that immigrated to Wisconsin from Kentucky in the 1840’s.