The Rounding Boards

The outer rounding board paintings are professionally restored paintings originally placed in 1910 for the Silver Beach Fred Dolle Carousel in St. Joseph, Michigan. They were painted by German immigrant, August Wolfinger. They were restored during the period of 2007-2008, by Denver-based fine artist and professional restorer, Eddie Friedman, now deceased.

The inner rounding board paintings of endangered species animals were painted during the 1990s for a new San Antonio, Texas-based carousel. However, the organizers of that carousel decided against using them in favor of paintings with a locally based theme. Marianne Stevens, now deceased, had put the deal together and so donated the 16 paintings to the Carousel of Happiness.

Can you adopt a rounding board for a year to help keep the Carousel turning? 

  • $250 a year, $200 to renew each year.
  • We make a plaque inscribed with your text, which is placed next to your painting.
  • You will get a small collection of carousel mementos from our store.
  • We will celebrate your adoption on our Facebook page.

Learn about adoption availability here.