plush toy goats!
We're pleased to help raise funds
for the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site through the sales of
these goats! This is a replica of Mrs. Sandburg's goat, Brocade!
Born in 1953,
Chikaming Evans Brocade was Mrs. Sandburg's favorite, winning Best of
Breed in 1956, 1957 and 1959,making her a permanent Grand Champion!
Mrs. Sandburg remarked that Brocade was a "Nubian matriarch", and the
"pet of the herd".
Mrs. Sandburg's famous Chikaming dairy goat herd at Connemara
Farms was internationally recognized for high might production and
quality stock,. She raised many champion goats, including a world
champion Toggenburg, Jennifer II. She maintained the Connemara
Farms Dairy Goat Herd for 22 years from 1945-1967.
"Brocade" measures approximately 11" tall and 12" long.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and
"If I live to a majestic old age becoming the owner of a farm, I shall
sit under apple trees in the summer and on a pad of paper with a large
yellow lead pencil, I shall write of these things, lover of mine". -Carl
Sandburg, “Personally,” Honey and Salt, 1963
Carl Sandburg, famed biographer of Abraham Lincoln, singer and collector
of American folksongs, author of American fairytales…America’s poet of
the people sought to KNOW America. He was involved, as a newspaper
reporter, a poet, a movie critic, a platform speaker, and a syndicated
columnist, in most major events of early 20thcentury American history.
Carl Sandburg spoke for those who did not have the means to speak for
themselves through his poetry in books such as: Chicago, Corn Huskers,
Smoke and Steel, Good Morning America, the People, Yes and other works.
He spoke of social injustice, the affects of progress on the working
class, racial strife, labor unrest, the widening gap between rich and
poor, and the toll of war. Two of Carl Sandburg’s most notable
achievements as an author and poet came in the form of the Pulitzer
Prize. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1940 for his
four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln The War Years and a Pulitzer
Prize in Poetry in 1951 for his book Complete Poems. The Sandburg family
moved to Connemara, a 240-acre farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North
Carolina, from their home on the dunes of Lake Michigan in1945. Carl
Sandburg continued to work and published ten volumes of poetry in this
serene and peaceful place. Carl Sandburg died here on July 22, 1967 and
left a legacy of works about the American struggle behind. On October
17, 1968 Carl Sandburg Home National Historic site was authorized by
Congress as a memorial to the life and works of Carl Sandburg. It was
opened to the public on May 11, 1974 as a unit of the National Park
Service and as a testament of Carl Sandburg’s significance to the
American people. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is open for
guided tours everyday except Christmas day.