In addition, the historic site and the Vachel Lindsay Association
are now presenting monthly poetry hours aimed at children. Each
session will be devoted to a different subject that's sure to
entertain and educate.
On Feb. 16, it's African-American themes.
March 16 brings poems of spring. April 20 will be devoted to poems
about poetry. And on May 18, as the school year ends, the focus will
be poems about summer. The poetry hours begin at 10 a.m. (See publicity.)
The instructors for the performance workshop are Kevin Purcell
and Aasne Vigesaa of Over the Moon Productions. Purcell and Vigesaa
are actors who have performed poetry and prose to great acclaim.
They recently have demonstrated their talent in the locally produced
shows "Prairie Voices," "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Lincoln and
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The duo will help you analyze a poem prior to performance and use
your voice and body to perform poems to the greatest effect.
The workshop is geared toward teenagers and adults. Attending
teachers may earn continuing professional development units.
Attendance is limited to 30 participants.
Register for the free event by contacting
The Lindsay home was built about 1850. Poet, author and artist
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there in
1931. The home, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for
free public tours.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]