French Icarian Colony Foundation

The French Icarian Colony Foundation is a 501 c 3, non-profit corporation organized with the goal of
perpetuating the memory and the spirit of the Icaria story and its people, the Icarians by providing information about the precepts upon which the colony was founded, Fraternity, Equality, and Liberty. The Foundation is developing a historically accurate living history open air museum, America’s French Icarian Village, on original Icaria land. The heart of the development is the restored Icaria Cemetery, the 1878 refectory (communal dining hall) and the 1860 one-room Icaria school. The work of the Foundation compliments Adams County's unique and rich heritage. The Village will provide an Icarian experience that will invite, educate and engage visitors.

Purpose and Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the French Icarian Colony Foundation, Inc. to establish the means by which the heritage of the French Icarian Colony may be recognized, preserved, promoted, interpreted, and made available for the benefit of the public. The mission of the French Icarian Colony Foundation is dedicated to conveying the importance of the Icarian experience to the history of our nation by protecting the heritage, preserving the site and celebrating the contributions of the Icarians as an integral part of history.

Board of Trustees:

          Teresa Parmenter                   Doug Ireland                       Wes Ray
            Des Moines, IA                      Des Moines, IA                    Creston, IA

          Richard Hogan                        Delores Parcher                  Jon Sellars
            Corning, IA                             Corning, IA                          Lenox, IA

          Norma Jean Mosman              Jan Willett                           Bill Riley
            Corning, IA                             Corning, IA                          Lenox, IA  

          Adam Grundman                      Wes Ray
            Corning, IA                              Creston, Ia

​          Saundra Clem Leininger, Executive Director

Leadership Advisory Board:

Dory Briles - Des Moines, IA                      Susan Junkins Josten - Ankeny, IA
Kerry McGrath - Urbandale, IA                   Gerald Schnepf - Johnston, IA
Colleen Shaw - LaCrosse, WI                    Cecilia Schweers Tonn - Blair, NE
Diana Garno, PhD - Birch Run, MI              Dale Larson - St. Louis, MO
Renee Mosby - Corning, IA                        Jon Sellers - West Des Moines, Ia
Beverly Sickler - Pella, IA                           Sharon Wallingford - Richmond, Tx
L Eugene Girard - Kennebec, SD
Dan Sullivan, PhD - Omaha, NE
Laura Hoffman - Dubuque, IA
Kenneth Olive - St. Charles, MO
R Howard Van Pelt - Scottsdale, AZ

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Funded in part by Western IA Tourism Region