Wright Concepts Tours, Springfield
Frank Lloyd Wright fans, or fans of amazing architecture
in general, will love a new specialty tour being offered for a
limited time at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site.
The “Wright Concepts” tour features longtime Dana-Thomas
Home docent Larry Betz, explaining Wright’s principles of
architectural design and taking visitors through the unique home.
Built between 1902 and 1904, it is perhaps the best-preserved
of Wright’s “Prairie Style” homes, with more
than 400 pieces of specially made art glass and original furnishings.
“When Susan Lawrence Dana approached Wright about an addition
to her home, she told him she was not concerned about the cost.
So Wright was able to take the commission and use it to experiment
with ideas he had been nurturing to advance his Prairie design
concepts,” Betz said.
Three of the two-hour tours are planned:
• Nov. 8, 10 am
• Dec. 13, 10 am
• Jan. 10, 10 am
The suggested donation for the tours is $20. For more information,
Located at Fourth and Lawrence streets in Springfield, the site
is open Wednesday through Sunday 9 am-4 pm.
Cabin Fever: Quilt and Fiber Arts,
Quilt & fiber arts will be displayed and described as part
of the daily life of Lincoln’s New Salem. Interpreters will
demonstrate bed turning of historical quilts of the site. Hands
on activities include the carding of wool, spinning, knitting,
weaving, and quilting – all in the comfort of Lincoln’s
New Salem Visitor Center. The Prairie Airs will also be performing
on January 18th. Activities will also be occurring in the historic
village, weather permitting, so visitors can experience a taste
of life in a log home during the winter in the 1830s.
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, administered by
the Illinois Preservation Agency, is a reconstruction of the 1830s
log village where Abraham Lincoln spent six years of his life.
It is located about 20 miles northwest of Springfield and two
miles south of Petersburg, Illinois on Route 97, and is open for
free public tours.
Information: 217-632-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilgrimage, an Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America’s
great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from
John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained
her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself
in the process.
“Pilgrimage,” an exhibition of more than 70 of these
stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s
collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
and Museum on February 8, 2014, and runs through August 31.
Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz’s
imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico
mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily
Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Elvis Presley’s
motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley.
Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in “Pilgrimage.”
Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln
had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten
copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln
and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves
were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to
the presidential museum.
Leibovitz has described the “Pilgrimage” project
as a way to rejuvenate herself – shooting only what inspired
her, without deadlines or assignments. “I made a crazy list
and just sort of went down a different path. I loved, I loved
doing this project,” she told NPR.
“Annie Leibovitz took a personal pilgrimage and it produced
beautiful photographs exploring the American landscape, great
artists and important thinkers, particularly Abraham Lincoln,”
said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency. “We know our visitors will appreciate her vision,
and we hope they’re inspired to take a personal pilgrimage
of their own.”
“Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” at the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum is made possible through the generous support
With “Pilgrimage,” Leibovitz pays tribute to many
trail-blazing women. Authors Dickinson and Virginia Woolf are
included, and so are Eleanor Roosevelt, artist Georgia O’Keeffe,
singer Marian Anderson and sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
“Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” is organized by the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Bernie Stadiem Endowment
Fund provided support for the exhibition. The C.F. Foundation
in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program,
Treasures to Go.
The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from
the Lincoln Presidential Library’s own collections, selected
by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia
Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own” and
selections from the play “The Belle of Amherst,” both
directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening
of the Marilyn Monroe thriller “Niagara.”
Couch" Unveiling, Springfield
5 – 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public
You are cordially invited to view the newly-restored “courting
couch,” the c. 1830s sofa upon which Abraham and Mary Lincoln
sat while they were courting. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash
bar, and an illustrated presentation on the history and significance
of the courting couch as well as highlights from the restoration
process. This event is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association.
The Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. Springfield,
8, 13, 15
IAM Spring Workshops
What makes organizations attractive to grantors? Understanding
the grant funding process from concept to final reports is critical
to making yourself grant ready. This workshop will provide an
introduction to grant applications including: making sure your
organization has what it needs, where to search for public and
private grant sources, what grant makers want to hear about a
project, and the realities of getting a grant including project
management and reports. COST: $50 per member/ $75 per non-member
RSVP: Register by March 1. Call 217-524-6977 or email HPA.IAM@illinois.gov.
Workshop is offered 3 times in March:
Date/Time: Saturday, March 8
Location: DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville
Date/Time: Thursday, March 13
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum
Date/Time: Saturday, March 15
Location: Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center, Whittington
Civil War Fashion
2 – 3:30 pm
Stroll through historic Edwards Place to take in displays of
bonnets, undergarments, accessories, ladies' handcrafts, and more,
then stay for the show as local Civil War re-enactors and historical
interpreters show off and interpret their beautiful reproduction
clothes, from work dresses to undergarments to uniforms to ball
dresses. UIS Assistant Professor of History Holly Kent will also
deliver a short talk on the culture of fashion during the Civil
War. The Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. Springfield,