Smeja Homestead Foundation

The mission of the Smeja Homestead Foundation is to promote historic preservation and land conservation in the Kishwaukee community.


In 2001, the five living children of Bill and Lucile Smeja formed the Smeja Homestead Foundation to preserve the manor and grounds and to promote historic preservation. The foundation’s first task was to repair and restore the manor and coach house to their original condition and to develop programs for use of the buildings and grounds.

In 2010 the foundation purchased the farm portion of the estate and began an intensive effort to stabilize and restore the barns and other buildings.

The Board of Directors of the Smeja Homestead Foundation

  • Gerald Paulson, President
  • Susan Barnes, Treasurer/Secretary
  • David Byrnes
  • Robert Grese

Illustration by James Knoll