The Winona Foundation is proud to be active in and around the beautiful "island" city of Winona since 1983, continuing the family legacy since 1855. 

WHO WE ARE

The Winona Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization funded and administered by the family and heirs of the Laird Norton Co. which began operations in Winona, MN. in 1855. Though it's center of operations long ago moved to Seattle, WA., the family created the Winona Foundation in 1982. The purpose being keeping the family history alive in the minds of new generations and as a way of giving back to the community where we can all trace our ancestors and the roots of the Laird Norton Co. 

FAMILY HISTORY & INVOLVEMENT IN WINONA

In 1854, William H. Laird and cousins Mathew and James Norton followed earlier family members who had previously moved to Winona, MN. There they established a business together, the Laird Norton Co., that would eventually include lumber milling, manufacture and retail. The business was successful and the Lairds and Nortons eventually became important Winona citizens who were instrumental in the early development of the town.

Though completely out of the lumber business now, the Laird Norton Co. is still operating as a family business eight generations later. The philanthropic underpinnings that the founders established are still very much alive in the current generations. 

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