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New Dana-Thomas House educational materials help teachers present history and architecture to students     Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 21, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- New educational materials available free of charge will help teachers present history and architecture to students by featuring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield.

"The online teacher's education packet is geared toward Illinois State Learning
Standards and includes classroom activities and worksheets for elementary, middle and high school students," said Robert Coomer, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Dana-Thomas House. "It's a wonderful way to use one of Illinois' historic treasures to teach tomorrow's leaders about our heritage."

The education packet can be accessed at, and the parts of the packet are available as PDF files, which can be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The packet includes the following classroom activities:

  • "Shapes, Shapes and More Shapes" (early elementary)
  • "Geometry and Nature" (upper elementary)
  • "Susan Dana and Frank Lloyd Wright" (upper elementary or middle)
  • "Geometry and Nature" (middle school)
  • "Geometry and Nature" (high school)
  • "Wright's Prairie School Houses" (high school)
  • Sumac window color sheet
  • Treasure hunt (upper elementary)
  • Research projects (middle or high school)
  • "Architecture and the Dana-Thomas House" crossword puzzle (middle or
    high school)

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The new educational materials also feature PowerPoint presentations of images of the Dana-Thomas House and other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, as well as scripts at varying grade levels to accompany the presentations. These include "Frank Lloyd Wright," "Tour of the Dana-Thomas House" and "Art Glass by Frank Lloyd Wright."

Educators can also obtain all of this information in print form and on CD by mail from the Dana-Thomas House.

The fully restored Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site is the most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright's early Prairie-style dwellings. Built in 1904, the home features more than 100 pieces of original Wright-designed furniture, more than 250 art glass doors and windows, and nearly 100 art glass light fixtures. It is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours, although a donation of $3 for adults and $1 for children is suggested. For tour reservations, call (217) 782-6776.

[Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release]


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