Lindenwood University’s Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center has announced a significant grant from the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation.
This gift will support the preservation of several buildings on the Boone Home site in Defiance, Mo. The preservation projects includes roofing, painting, and building repair and restoration. In addition, the grant will support the installation of wayside exhibitions (educational outdoor signs) throughout the site.
The Trulaske Foundation has supported preservation efforts at the Boone Home with three previous grant awards. In 2011, the foundation supported preservation work at the Borgmann Gristmill and the Squire Boone home. In 2012, the foundation supported the installation of new fire suppression systems in four buildings. In 2013, the foundation supported roofing, painting, and repair work at the Stake House, various outbuildings, and the Old Peace Chapel.
“Grant support from the Trulaske Foundation provides invaluable preservation of our historical site and advances our mission far beyond what we would be able to do without these critical financial resources,” said Dr. David Knotts, dean of the Boone Home. “Building restoration at the Boone Home brings the legacy of Daniel Boone to life. Within the thick limestone walls, stories of a daring man offer a glimpse into family matters, risky adventures, and hard-fought battles.”
The Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation is dedicated to protecting the natural environment for generations to come through conservation and the preservation of open spaces. The foundation supports efforts to protect wilderness areas, natural resources and biodiversity. The foundation also seeks to preserve what is beautiful in our cultural heritage. The foundation makes grants to United States non-profits that secure, preserve, and maintain land of conservation importance; ensure that ecosystems are adequately restored, protected, and managed and efforts are made to reduce waste; and support conservation and protection of endangered cultural heritage sites of historical significance in St. Louis and ensure the long-term sustainability of these efforts.
The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center is owned and operated by Lindenwood University. In 1998, the Randall Andrae Family donated the property to Lindenwood to develop the site for educational programs. Today, the property is comprised of more than 1,000 acres and provides educational opportunities in many areas of study. The Boone Home site emphasizes frontier life through Daniel Boone, his life, and the lives of his contemporaries.
At the age of 65, Boone moved to Missouri in 1799 with several family members. The home is believed to have been constructed from 1803-1810, and the famous frontiersman lived there until his death. The site also includes 27 other historic buildings that portray 19th century trades and professions and other examples of 19th century housing.
Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, is an independent liberal arts university offering more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in diverse areas of study and traditional and accelerated formats, including online. Lindenwood operates residential campuses in St. Charles, Mo., and Belleville, Ill., as well 11 regional centers, and 25 extension sites throughout Missouri.