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House of Happy Walls

For Valley of the Moon Natural History Association

This Hind Foundation grant aids with the renovation of Jack London State Historic Park's House of Happy Walls which serves as the main visitor center and gateway to the 1,400 acres that is Jack London's Beauty Ranch. The building was designed by Harry P. Merritt with substantial input from Charmian London after Jack London's death in 1916. It was her intention that it become a museum where London's books, photos and native handcraft collected by the two adventurers would be displayed. The 4,400 square foot Arts and Crafts style structure has two levels, each featuring an open floor plan, a large fireplace and window seats reflecting their belief that utility and beauty be as one. The Park was dedicated as a California Registered Historic Landmark in September,1960 and designated a National Historic Landmark in October,1966 as possessing exceptional value for interpreting the heritage of the U.S. 
The objective of this project is to restore the interior of the museum and redesign the museum's exhibits to commemorate the brilliant blaze that was Jack London's life with the ultimate goal of inspiring visitors to "discover their own call of the wild" and pursue their passions.

Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $100,000
Year Funded: 2017
Year Completed: 2017

About the Organization
Valley of the Moon Natural History Association
2400 London Ranch Road
Glenn Ellen, CA 95442

To preserve the historic and natural beauty of the Jack London State Historic Park and create innovative opportunities for recreation, education, and joy.