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French Icarian Colony of Adams County Annual Drive
Imagine what can be done! You can make a difference! Our annual drive provides the funds to match grant monies to continue restoration and rebuilding of the French Icarian Village and assist the organization with operating costs. Currently we have grants to complete the renovation of the dining hall, the school house and to begin planning for the Visitors' Center that will provide space for the museum and  research library, archive and exhibit preparation space, a media theater, a gift shop, restrooms, and office space.
Paver Program
Buy paver made by nationally known clay artisan David Dahlquist. The pavers are replicas of the bricks made in the original Icaria Colony at Corning - buff in color, 8-9" square, similar composition material and similar firing techniques that were practiced in the Colony in the 1800's.  Buy bricks in memory of a loved one, to honor someone special or to etch in stone your involvement in restoring the French Icarian Village and your commitment to the growth of Adams County
Volunteering for the French Icarian Colony Foundation
Volunteers are the heart of our organization and play a major role in the success of the restoration and rebuilding of the French Icarian Village.  Volunteers help us fulfill our mission to convey the importance of the Icarian heritage through preservation, restoration and education.  The FICF welcomes those who would like to donate their talents to our project.  If you are interested in gaining leadership skills, would like to share your time or would just like to have fun and make friends while supporting a community project, please complete a volunteer application form. 
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Administrative Support: Help with mailings, museum displays, and general office support.
  • CollectionsCatalog items, research artifacts and learn about Icaria and Adams County History.
  • Events: Lend a hand at special events like the Rural School Reunion or the Paul Gauthier Golf Tournament.
  • Gardeners: Plant, maintain and harvest gardens, vineyards, and orchards at the Village site.
  • Interpreters: Open Museum on special days, greet visitors and answer their questions about the exhibits or restoration project.
  • Maintenance: Mowing and trimming at the Village site.
  • Program: Planning: Assist in planning an on site Heritage Foods Program and programs for school children
  • Restoration: Assist with restoration and painting, help with plaster repair in the interior of the refectory.
Volunteer Benefits
We cherish our volunteers and are grateful for their willingness to help the Foundation.  The benefits of volunteering are many and include:
  • Opportunity to meet new people and make lasting relationships.
  • A chance to develop career and leadership skills.
  • Recognition for excellent volunteer performance.
  • New benefits will be added as the project moves forward and the site is open to the public.
French Icarian Colony Foundation Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in joining the volunteers at the French Icarian Colony Foundation.  
Please complete this application and return it by mail to:  
French Icarian Colony Volunteers
503 8th Street
Corning, IA  50841



Home telephone

Work telephone

E-mail address

Please list any physical condition(s) which may limit your ability to perform certain tasks

Name, telephone number and relationship of emergency contact 
When are you usually available to volunteer?  Check all that may apply:
What areas of volunteering are you interested in?  Please check as many as you like:
Board of Trustees

Teresa Parmenter, Chair                         Adam Grundman, Treasurer
  Des Moines, IA                                                 Corning, IA

Richard Hogan, Vice-Chair                     Douglas Ireland                     
Corning, IA                                            Clive, IA​                                  

Bill Riley, Secretary                            Janice Leonard, Corning Mayor
Lenox, IA                                            Corning, IA

Beverly Sickler, Past Chair                Linda England, Adams County Supervisor Chair
Pella, IA                                            Corning, IA

Donna Hogan, ACEDC Chair                Beth Waddle, ACEDC Executive Chair
Corning, IA                                            Corning, IA

Norma Jean Mosman
Corning, IA

Dory Briles
Des Moines, IA

Ted Engel
Des Moines, IA

L. Eugene Gerard
Kennebec, SD

Susan Hoskinson
Fort Collins, CO

Dale Larson
Omaha, NE

Kenneth Olive
St. Charles, MO

Beverly Sickler
Pella, IA

R. Howard Van Pelt
Laguna Beach, CA
Timothy Ennis
Corning, IA
Richard Hogan
Corning, IA
Anna Luther
Corning, IA
Teresa Parmenter
Des Moines, IA
Cecelia Schweers Tonn
Blair, NE
J. Burton Cotter
Las Vegas, NV
Diana Garno
Birch Run, MI
Laura (Lolly) Hoffman
Dubuque, IA
Susan Judkins
Des Moines, IA

Jill Morrison
Omaha, NE

Gerald Schnepf
Johnson, IA

Colleen Shaw
LaCrosse, WI

Dan Sullivan
Omaha, NE

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