Update 8/18/16 – Kickstarter Closed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

81 wonderfully supportive, generous souls came forward to support Mary’s Ancestral Women exhibit, and we are both amazed and deeply appreciative. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and the middle and top, too)!

There’s a ton yet to do to complete all the components of the exhibit, but now we at least have the financial means to make it all happen. Now if there’s only enough time to get everything done . . . we’ll make it – we promise. The exhibit dates are September 23 – November 12, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Come to the reception – September 30 at the CVA in Wausau, 5:00 – 7:00. It should be a wonderful celebration of these women.

Much love and gratitude to all,

Mary and John



Wahoo! Mary made her Kickstarter goal for her Ancestral Women exhibit! What an amazing feeling to be so kindly and generously supported by our friends and community. We’re enormously grateful – thank you to all who have helped in any manner, whether financial or simply sending positive energy.

We hope folks try to make the exhibit’s 9/30 opening at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau. Tinker Schuman, one of the elder’s portrayed in the exhibit, will speak and sing, and we expect others – grandchildren, etc. – of the elders to be there as well.

There’s four days left in the Kickstarter campaign. We have a stretch goal of producing a book of the elders portrayed in the exhibit. Anything we receive beyond our goal will go toward production of the book. So, if you still have an inclination to support the exhibit, your contribution will go towards something very worthwhile. See:

No worries, one way or the other. We’re just thrilled that so many people cared to help us. A thousand thanks.

Mary and Tinker
Tinker Schuman and Mary Burns with Tinker’s portrait

Supporters! Thank You! 8/18/16

Supporters of the Ancestral Women exhibit as of 8/18/16:

Deb Brossard

Cathy Logan Weber

Lynne Uihlein

Renee Reed

Barbara Fay Wiese

Gary Kmiecik

Jan Zindel

Alan and Sue Drum

Andrea and Jerry Henrich

David Mladenoff


Maryjane Ingersoll

Andrea Fenner

Mel Golden

Rod and Myrtle Sharka

Mark and Mary Pflieger

Tasha Turner Lennhoff

Ann and Tony Waisbrot

Alice W. Smith (Major Sponsor)

Carne Andrews

Sue Marcquenski

Eowyn Bates


Sara Muender (Major Sponsor)

David Bates

Jeanne Debbink

Sheila O’Hara

Ellen McMahon

Ken and Sharon Drawz

Catherine Marcquenski          

Toni Bergeon

Maribeth Waller

Joe and Linda Mastalski

Barbara Millen                       

Kathleen Lepak                      


Val Bogdan

Bob Kovar

Susan Knight

Marena Kehl              

Meta Reigel Brandt

Gary Theisen              

Mary Jean Huston

Patrice George

Martha Burch             

Ed Marshall                

Terry Daulton             

M J Slone                   

Paula Hougan             

Scott Sedam              

Michael and Liz                      

Sally Mode                 

Bernie Langreck & Peggy Bronsberg             

Jessica Peterson                    

Donya Geagan                       

Dave and Carol Koch              

Ron and Elizabeth Howard                

Debbie Schumaker                 

Patrick Burns              

Ursula Muehllehner (Major Sponsor)              

Bev Engstrom            

Denise Fauntleroy (Major Sponsor)                 

Pam Thul Immler                   

John Hermanson                    

Ann & Jeff Currie                   

Barbara & John McFarland                

Gail Gilson Pierce                  

Vibeke Vestby                        

Michael Gabler                      

Kim Swisher               

Chris Schmelling                    

Georgia Wulff

Nancy and Bob Petulla

Jim and Katie Gennrich                     

Valerie Quate            

Beth Tornes               

Bambi Grajek             

Elaine Hilmer

Jean Burns  (Major Sponsor)               

Joanne and John Ader            

Marilynn Preston                   

Christine Alfery                      

Mark Troudt               

Linda Prine                 

Nancy Burns               

Paul Kornowski                      

Callie Bates