For over four decades, Mark Baldwin worked in service of the Brothertown Indians. He started a contemporary newsletter in the 1980s, spearheaded numerous grants, served on Tribal Council, and volunteered for countless projects. A few years ago, Mark dreamed of building a nonprofit that would preserve and share the history of the Brothertown Indians. Through his work, Calumet & Cross was born. But we lost our beloved friend too soon. Mark passed away suddenly in 2021. His loss has been felt by Brothertown Indians, family, friends, and colleagues in Wisconsin, California, Georgia, Washington, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, and many more places.
One of Mark's last projects with Calumet and Cross was a series of historical markers for culturally important sites in and around Brothertown, Wisconsin, including the Union Cemetery. Union Cemetery is the final resting place for many Brothertown Indians, including some of Mark's relatives. We have chosen to honor Mark’s life by purchasing and installing a memorial bench in Union Cemetery. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to contribute to the memorial bench and/or join us in Wisconsin for the dedication. We hope to dedicate the bench on June 13, 2022, factors permitting.