Thanks to the support of the community, the 37-foot story pole, carved by renowned artist and Snohomish Tribe leader William Shelton, has been returned to the Northwest.
The Coast Salish story pole was originally commissioned for Krape Park in Freeport, Illinois, in October of 1935, where it stood for more than sixty years before it fell into such severe disrepair that it had to be removed. The Freeport Park District debated what to do with the decaying pole, ultimately deciding the Burke's large Northwest Coast collection, expertise, and connection to the artist's region made it the perfect place for the pole to be housed and restored.
Now that it’s here, the real work begins: Restoration. This work will be carried out by highly skilled Northwest Coast Salish artists – some who are descendants of William Shelton himself.
We are accepting donations for the pole’s restoration through the new power2give.org community website. Every donation receives a 100% match, doubling your impact!
To give, please visit our project page.
Every object has a story. Thank you for being a part of this one!