Speaker: Kathy S. DiScenna, Exec Dir
Program: L. Frank Baum House
Thank you to Sandy Greco for suggesting L. Frank Baum House!
Enter Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna. She has fought tirelessly and often without recognition for her connections, efforts, and resilience in protecting the Baum and Oz legacy and even more broadly this party of New York State. Mrs. Discenna was close friends with Cynthia Baum Tassini L. Frank Baum's niece. Cynthia was very close to her Uncle and in fact his 6th book in the Oz series is dedicated to her thusly: "Her Royal Highness, Cynthia, II of Syracuse". This direct Baum descendant was the first to develop a correspondence with Discenna, who in turn wanted to share with her and the rest of the family what she had stumbled upon in her own research. Discenna is the Director of the Land of Oz Preservation Company and it was Cynthia Baum Tassini who initially had hoped for the Neal house to be preserved with the Land of OZ preservation company housed within its walls. That goal is well on the way to being realized and is now called The Lyman Frank Baum Foundation, Inc. (source http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-mac/theres-no-place-like-home_4_b_5553877.html)?