Come Celebrate Northwoods History with the Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb Museum
The country doctor has played a vital role in the history of Wisconsin's great Northwoods. Among giants of the breed was Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, who is remembered as the "Angel on Snowshoes" for her dedication in reaching patients when the winter roads were impassable.
A physician with a dream, Dr. Kate spear-headed a movement to build a hospital in Woodruff, Wisconsin. The lowly penny became a symbol of the project when local students sought to collect a million of them for Dr. Kate's hospital. The absurdity of it all, a humble Northwoods doctor and school kids collecting a million pennies to build a hospital, captured the imagination of the American people and the world. Donations of pennies came in from every state along with many foreign nations.
To preserve this moment with the dedicaiton of one woman and a sense of community made the country cheer, the Dr. Kate Museum was created in 1988.
The Dr. Kate Museum/Historical Society continues to preserve the history of Dr. Kate, the long time history of Woodruff and the Million Penny Parade. Please join us by getting involved-- volunteer, donate, create, preserve, dream.
Crafters wanted for the 2017 Memorial Craft Show
If you are a crafter and would like to participate, click here for the information sheet.
Summer 2016 Was Historic
We dedicated the Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb Historical Marker.
When: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:00am Dedication - 12:00 to 2:00pm Open House
Where: Dr. Kate Museum, 923 2nd Avenue, Woodruff, Wisconsin (around the corner from the World's Largest Penny)
We sold Raffle Tickets For a Museum Fundraiser