For the second time in five years, Woodruff will call itself home to a roadside historical marker, the first being placed in 2016 near the Dr. Kate Museum.
The first placed marker is all about Dr. Kate and is located outside the museum.
The historical marker to be dedicated Saturday, July 17, will recognize the World’s Largest Penny and its significance in the history of the construction of what is now Howard Young Medical Center.
The 11 a.m. dedication will be held at 820 3rd Ave., in Woodruff.
The program, according to organizers, will include remembrances, music, and refreshments. 
In addition, the keynote speech will be presented by Steven K. Rogstad, author of “Lincoln Among the Badgers,” a book that includes a tribute to The World’s Largest Penny and the Dr. Kate Museum. 
“It just so happens that I was to be up near Eagle River that weekend and I was asked if I would be willing to come over and help dedicate the marker by saying some things. I told them I’d be happy to,” Rogstad told The Lakeland Times this week.
Rogstad, the development director for the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, has been studying Abraham Lincoln for decades.
“I’ve been in the Lincoln field for more than 50 years and … I’ve been doing a lot of teaching and writing on the Lincolns,” Rogstad said.
So, how is it that Abraham Lincoln is tied to a historical marker dedication in Woodruff?
Rogstad makes the easy connection.
Having Lincoln’s image on the same penny that a small group of students at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff High School used for the first Million Penny drive to help pay for a new hospital is the easy link between Lincoln and Woodruff.
But ask Rogstad and Marsha Doud, the volunteer curator at the Dr. Kate Museum, and they go deeper. 
Rogstad said much of Lincoln’s legacy is tied to his work in establishing a great many hospitals during his administration.
“I’m going to approach my essay over in Woodruff with the fact that Lincoln also established hospitals as president, and I think he would see it as great fun and I think he would smile if he knew his image was used to build a hospital,” Rogstad said.
During his presentation, Rogstad said he is going to describe how Lincoln ended up meeting with people to build hospitals and how influential he was in that regard. 
Doud’s view of the penny not only includes the obvious image of Lincoln, but also the many people who worked so hard to raise money for the building of the hospital. 
She recognizes the selfless actions of so many who raised funds for such an important project.
It started with the first million penny push, but the community in subsequent years continued to honor the original penny drive and to continue raising money.
“[The dedication of the new marker] is all about the students at the AV-W High School who got the idea to collect a million pennies … it’s all geared to the AV-W School, then and now, because we’ve had two anniversary events – the 50th in 2003 … and the 60th in 2013,” she said.
Funds raised in recent years have allowed for the establishment of the Dr. Kate Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year, a Lakeland Union High School student is provided a $1,000 scholarship provided through the fund.
The pennies keep on giving.
“This marker is about the people in the town — the students and the kids donating allowances and bringing it forward with the involvement of the new school today,” Doud said.

The program
The program will include a number of speakers, including Jocelyn Smith, the AV-W school administrator; Mary Ann Burich (Wetterling) and Kathy Burich (Patton), daughters of Otto Burich, the geometry teacher at AV-W whose 17 students came up with the idea to collect one million pennies; Laurie Oungst, the CEO of Howard Young; and Bobby Knox, the first recipient of the Dr. Kate Scholarship, and who “grew up at the museum,” Doud said. “He got involved as a young child and volunteered through college,” she added.
Music is being provided by the Celebration Brass Quintet and there will be refreshments. In addition, a large tent is being erected for the event.
“I really love the story,” Rogstad said about the penny-raising initiative. “They raised pennies for Dr. Kate Newcomb to try and build a hospital. I don’t think she was trying to intentionally use the Lincoln image, but what I love about it is that she was able to build a hospital based on collecting pennies,” he added.