"Aunt Marianne" Labuche

Currently, The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is raising funds for a bronze statue of "Aunt Mary Anne" Labuche. Fundraising is led by 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteers of Mississippi River Sculpture Park.

Step 1: Small-scale bronze  $6,915- 91% Raised

Step 2: Life-sized Enlarging artwork   $30,859

Step 3: Artwork and Molds $55,481

Step 4: Final Bronze Casting $82,481

Mary Ann Labuche, was the first person to heal the sick in Wisconsin(1). Her patients called her "Aunt Mary Ann". Labuche came up the Mississippi River about 1790.
She married three times and was the mother of fourteen children.
She filled a crucial need in the Wiscosnin frontier with her knowledge of herbs, midwifery, and Native American and folk medicine.
Until a fort was erected in Prairie du Chien, 1816, and a surgeon arrived, she attended the sick and attended to them as a physician, and charged fees.
After the Fort, she continued to practice among the people of Prairie du Chien. Her talents were put to the test on June 26, 1827, when her baby granddaughter was critically injured during an Indian attack. Labuche covered the exposed brain with a silver plate over which the skin healed. The little girls lived to be eighty years old.

(1) Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past (http://goo.gl/ynO2Dh)