Our goal is to raise $45,000 in 45 days.
  • The fundraising  campaign ends on Christmas Eve.
  • It is an all or nothing campaign.
  • We must raise all or more than our goal.
More than 2/3 of the funds for this statue of Marianne Labuche have already been received from private donors. The life sized sculpture is in production.
We need funds for the final bronze casting, transportation, and installation.
The Mississippi River Sculpture Park on St. Feriole Island at Prairie du Chien, Wi, is a unique city owned park honoring the men and women who may have set foot on the island ever since the last Ice Age, 12,000 years ago. Our overall goal is to have 26 life sized statues.

The Rest of the Story

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is located a few paddle strokes north of the confluence of the Wisconsin and the Mississippi Rivers. Throughout time, these rivers have brought people from across the continent to the shores of the Mississippi River along the western edge of St. Feriole Island of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park tells the story about the people. This city owned park is truly unique in the United States. There is simply no other sculpture park which has life sized bronze sculptures of people who have set foot in one area.
This is the region where Marquette & Joliet first saw the Mississippi River, where prehistoric cultures built effigy mounds, where the railroad expanded west across the Mississippi River. Where a battle of the War of 1812 was fought. Where future presidents of the United States lived and where immigrants and voyageurs and Native Americans still meet at the yearly Rendezvous.
It is also about ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a free public park open to all visitors all year long. It is an educational experience for school children and adults. It is an attraction for visitors. It is a monumental work of art offering “it-is-OK-to-touch” life size bronze sculptures. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is already established with five life size bronze historical figures and we hope to have Aunt Marianne installed as number six.
Red Bird - Painting located in City Hall

The story of Aunt Marianne Labuche.... astounding! In the early 19th century she came up from New Orleans. She was a healer, part French, part Sioux and part African American, and became known as the first doctor of Prairie du Chien. In 1827 she rescued and healed her 18 month old granddaughter who had been scalped in the Winnebago Uprising. When they were preparing the baby for burial they found she was still alive! Aunt Marianne placed a piece of silver, possibly a Spanish Pieces-of-Eight which was hammered out to a thin disc, (said to be antibacterial) over the wound. The granddaughter, Mary Louisa, lived to be 67 years old and had 13 children and 38 grandchildren. (Photo is from mural located in Prairie du Chien City Hall)
80% of each donation is tax exempt. You will receive a thank you note with the amount of your tax-exempt donation. Any overfunding of this Kickstarter project will go toward funding additional sculptures for the park.
  • 80% of funds go directly to casting and installing statue.
  • 20% of funds are for premiums, shipping and administration.
You may choose to make a contribution in any amount without receiving a premium. In that case, your total contribution will go toward the sculpture and your donation will be 80% exempt.
Please help us to put Aunt Marianne in the Mississippi River Sculpture Park and then, join us for the unveiling ceremony on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. We Will let you know the date.