Wanting to preserve the natural environment, Gertrude Sherman, an alumna of UW-Madison, donated her 92-acre farm to UW-Waukesha in 1967. The school installed Marlin Johnson, who retired from teaching biology at UW-Waukesha in 1997, as its manager in 1970. Sherman willed her home to the university as well.
Money from the sale of the farm was put in trust, and funds from the trust financed the construction of the new $225,000 Sherman Building. The 3000 sq. ft. building contains two classrooms: a 27 x 39-foot multi-purpose room and a 19 x 39-foot art room, which is equipped with potter’s wheels.
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