Mark the Dates
July 13, 2013 § 2 Comments
Leigh Gross Day, Susan’s close friend from childhood to adulthood, was a professional photographer and writer. Often using Susan’s house and yard as background for her photographs (click here and here for examples), she authored several books and was published in national periodicals.
Leigh created one unique book for her daughter Henrietta. It was an album of photos embellished with colored drawings depicting Henrietta’s childhood. This very personal book survives today in the Sangamon Valley Collection in Lincoln Library, Springfield’s public library. One page in the book is a series of photos of Leigh and her daughter Henrietta with the notation in the bottom left hand corner reading: “Pictures taken and finished by—Susie L. Dana, May 2nd 1900.”
Due to space limitations, I only printed one picture from that page in Susan’s biography. Since all photos in the printed book are black and white, and there are no images in the e book version, the full impact of Susan’s artistry is missed in Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House. The staff and volunteers in the Sangamon Valley Room were able to scan the entire page for me, and a miniature of the stunning colored result is above.
I plan to use the full image as a part of a special tour entitled “Living the Wright Way” which I will be leading at 10:15 every other Saturday morning at the Dana-Thomas House during August and September. Guests on the tour will discover through images, artifacts, and anecdotes how Susan showcased the visual and performing arts, entertained friends and celebrities, and made a home for her family in her Wright-designed mansion. Tours will be limited to 15, so reservations at 217-782-6776 are required and donations suggested. The exact dates are August 3, 17, and 31 and September 14 and 28. I look forward to sharing my discoveries with old and new friends of Susan and me.