The Dana-Thomas House Foundation
February 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
I was pleased to read in the winter edition of Wright in Springfield, the newsletter of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, part one of a detailed account of the restoration of the Lawrence Library (briefly described in an earlier post on this blog). As usual, the attractive publication for Foundation members is full of fascinating historical information, site updates, and announcements of future events.
Wright in Springfield is just one of the perks of membership to the Dana-Thomas House Foundation. Celebrating in 2013 its 30th year of preserving and protecting Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie jewel, the Foundation offers everyone an opportunity to financially support the ongoing programs at Susan’s house. In addition to receiving the newsletter, members enjoy a discount at the Sumac Shop (the Foundation’s gift store) and first notification of special events and trips. Incidentally, the guests at the ground-breaking dinner in the dining room last spring were only Foundation members because the response to the initial membership mailing filled the seats.
The next Foundation event as announced in the current Wright in Springfield will be a presentation by Margo Stipe, Curator and Registrar of Collections at Taliesin West. Her topic will be “Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan: A Collector’s Passion and Inspiration.” (For a story of Susan’s experience with Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese prints, click here) With no admission charge, the lecture will be on April 24 at 7 pm in the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place Gallery.
I am proud to say that I served in several capacities on the Foundation Board including president in earlier years. Over the past 30 years I have observed the organization time and again fill in gaps when the state of Illinois lacked resources. Foundation projects have included, for example, hiring temporary help, purchasing artifacts and site equipment, recruiting volunteers, and educating the public. To join me and others who are committed to preserving and protecting the Lawrence/Dana-Thomas House, click here.