Welcome to the Sterling North Society

We preserve and promote the heritage of Edgerton as expressed in the literary efforts of native author Sterling North.  We maintain the Sterling North Home and Museum at 409 W. Rollin Street in Edgerton, Wisconsin.


Please contact us at  608-561-3709 or at sterlingnorthsociety@gmail.com or

Sterling North Society, P.O. Box 173, Edgerton, Wisconsin 53534



Membership in the Sterling North Society provides . . .

  • financial support to maintain the upkeep of the home/museum.
  • necessary funds to keep the house open for area school tours, as well as small group family tours and Sunday visitors.  (See our pictures of some visitors.)
  • an opportunity for the society to offer an annual scholarship to an Edgerton senior who plans to pursue a career in English, journalism or a nature related major.
  • additional money that can be spent to promote and advertise Sterling North’s legacy.  
  • you get one free tour during the membership year
  • you receive a spring and fall newsletter

Annual memberships:  Adult $10.   Student $3.   Family $25.  (Mail name(s), address, email address to The Sterling North Society, P.O. Box 173, Edgerton, WI 53534 

  • Membership year is from May to May

The Sterling North Home/Museum is open on Sundays from May through October.  CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY

Admission is $5. for adults, $3. for students and children under 5 are free.  We have several gift items available.  Please bring cash or a check — no credit cards.  


Donations are greatly appreciated to help maintain the museum and advance our mission.  We truly appreciate your generosity.  Checks can be mailed to: The Sterling North Society, P.O. Box 173, Edgerton, WI 53534



The play was written by Gayle Stettler and Isabelle Spike.  Gayle was involved with the Sterling North Book and Film Festival for 14 years in a variety of roles.  Isabelle  is a playwright who hopes that the play gives folks a little window into Sterling’s life and his work, and that it leaves them curious about his words.  She adds that she wants the story to uplift the kids of Edgerton and that they’ll see great things can come from small towns.  The play was presented as part of the 25th anniversary celebration on October 21 and 22, 2022.  There were approximately 180 people who attended the performances. 


Quotes from Sterling North:

We were tree dwellers, my raccoon and I, and we rather wished we would never have to set foot on earth again!”

Late in his life, Sterling was asked to give his advice to children.  This is what he said:  “Have faith in the future, be kind to animals and each other and read at least two good books a week. Humanity is not yet doomed if we all work toward a better, kinder world.”


The Sterling North Society applied for a grant with the Edgerton Community Fund, which is a resource for nonprofits in southern Wisconsin.  Betty Leonard, president of the Sterling North Board accepted the check on Monday, December 19, 2022.  In the spring, this money will help to pay for work that needs to be done to most all of the storm windows and to repair work on the side porch.  


The 2022 board members pictured at one of the 25th anniversary celebrations!  Left to right — James Roberts, secretary; Jackie Kas, treasurer; Betty Leonard, president; Jackie Scherrer (on step behind Betty) board member; Jennifer Nelson, vice-president; Rachel Willey, board member.  Picture taken August, 2022.

Docents on the top step are Trudy Spike, Angelea Faulkner and Katy Grogan



Please note that if you are feeling sick or are experiencing any COVID  or cold symptoms, please refrain from attending and help us all stay safe.  Thank you!