A cedar little library has been installed near the entrance of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center off of Highway 28.
It is stocked with a variety of field guides to birds, mammals, wildflowers, trees, and insects so you can identify the wonders of nature that you find on your visit to the Horicon Marsh. Books are available to be used while you visit the Center and area trails. Return them to the library before leaving for the next visitor to use. The staff at the Center plan to add more children’s books from their Story at the Marsh series.
The library was crafted by Jerome T. Traughber, in memory of his father, Jerome R. Traughber. Jerry T. upgraded the original plans and added mortise and tenon joints. He also added rustic hardware to complete the custom design.
You can read more about his design process at traughberdesign.com.
Two benches were also added at the Education and Visitor Center in memory of Jerome R. through the generosity of many family members and friends. Their kindness and thoughtfulness in attending the funeral and visitation and through sending cards was greatly appreciated by the family of Jerome R.
Jerome R. taught science classes at Van Brunt Elementary School for 34 years. He developed the conservation site near Horicon High School. The site included trails through woodland and wetland areas for students to study nature and the environment. He was a Friend of the Horicon Marsh for a number of years. He loved teaching science and he loved being in nature.
The family thanks the staff at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for installing the library and benches. Thank you to Liz Herzmann, Wildlife Conservation Educator – Wildlife Management, for her help and suggestions in coordinating the memorial. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the memorial for Jerry R. He would be pleased that visitors to the Marsh can enjoy educational books during their stay and rest a while on a bench overlooking an area he loved.