People Counting Pennies | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

People Counting Pennies

How to Purchase a Copy

Option 1

Personal Use (a gift or for your home)

By clicking "BUY" you agree to our Terms of Use.

Wisconsin Historical Society Members receive a 10-percent discount.

Option 2

Publication or Public Use

Buy a historical image for public use, including publication, websites, presentations and public display.

Questions?

Email us: lisa.marine@wisconsinhistory.org

DESCRIPTION

People counting pennies that came in the mail for the Dr Kate Million Penny fundraiser. Country doctor Kate Pelham Newcomb -- known as "the angel on snowshoes" for her willingness to go wherever she was needed during harsh northern winters -- spearheaded a movement in 1953 to build a much-needed hospital in Woodruff, encouraging local children to collect a million pennies. The effort captured everyone's imagination, and coins came in the mail from every state and many foreign nations. Her dream came true in 1954 when the Lakeland Memorial Hospital opened its doors. A giant penny was created to commemorate this event, and "The World's Largest Penny" still sits in the city park of this picturesque northern Wisconsin town. In 2003, the community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Million Penny Parade, with a parade featuring those who participated in the original parade and "Dr. Kate Babies" - those who had been delivered by Dr. Newcomb. The hospital is now the Howard Young Medical Center (which they proudly proclaim started with "just one penny"), and in 1988 the community created the Dr. Kate Newcomb Museum. The WHS Press has published a children's book on her life called Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes; see http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whspress/books/book.asp?book_id=339.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 56206

Creation Date: 1954-03-22 

Creator Name: Unknown

City: Woodruff

County: Oneida

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Classified File

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: PH 3425, #54746

Original Dimensions: 5 x 4 inches

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Email 01/30/09 from Lynda Bie, Woodruff WI, providing the first line of the caption; "I was part of this wonderful event."

SUBJECTS

Clothing and dress

Economics

Eyeglasses

Fund raising

Hats

Men

Persons

Women

RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS

This image is issued by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Use of the image requires written permission from the staff of the Division of Library-Archives. It may not be sold or redistributed, copied or distributed as a photograph, electronic file, or any other media. The image should not be significantly altered through conventional or electronic means. Images altered beyond standard cropping and resizing require further negotiation with a staff member. The user is responsible for all issues of copyright.

Please Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Reference Details

Location: Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, 4th Floor, Madison, Wisconsin


How to View in Person

To view this image, visit the Archives Research Room on the 4th floor at the Society Headquarters building in Madison, WI. Print out this index page and present it to the librarian. Use the links below to plan your visit to the Society's Archives.

Checking Out Materials

Visual materials in the Archives do not circulate and must be viewed in the Society's Archives Research Room.

How to Cite

For the purposes of a bibliography entry or footnote, follow this model:

Wisconsin Historical Society Citation
Wisconsin Historical Society, Creator, Title, Image ID. Viewed online at (copy and paste image page link).
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research Citation
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Creator, Title, Image ID. Viewed online at (copy and paste image page link).

Have Questions?

Contact our Archives staff by email.

.