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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, visit www.dana-thomas.org

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, Petersburg

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, tim.guinan@illinois.gov.



Pilgrimage, an Annie Leibovitz Exhibit, Springfield

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 of Macy’s.

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.”


Lincoln "Courting 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, www.edwardsplace.org.



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 Fair, Springfield

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, www.edwardsplace.org.



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Last Updated 1/28/14