Grand Review Schedule: Sunday, September 27
8:00 am to 9:00 am - Load buses for tours – Meet in lobby
**Please note that tours are first come, first served. We have limited space for the trip to Beardstown, IL and will only be able to take 75 attendees.**
Tour #1: Beardstown, IL and the recreation of the “Almanac Trial”
Meet in the lobby at 8:15 a.m. Tour returns at 12:30 p.m.
Historians Vernon Burton and John C. Waugh will serve as guides on the bus ride to Beardstown (42 miles from Springfield). Vernon Burton has written a script for this recreation and the State of Illinois will do a podcast of this trial. More information: showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/sites/beards.htm
Tour #2: Historic Homes of Springfield, IL
Meet in the lobby at 8:45 a.m. Tour returns at 12:30 p.m. The tour will visit the Dana Thomas House and Edwards Place.
Dana Thomas House – designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
"In 1902, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to undertake the design and construction of a massive renovation of the Lawrence family home in Springfield, Illinois. The home was to be more than a mere residence -- it was to be a showcase. Upon its completion in 1904, the new edifice completely engulfed the original home. It immediately became a symbol of artistic and architectural excellence. It now stands as the finest example of the creativity and uniqueness characteristic of the Prairie School of Architecture." From Governor James R. Thompson's Executive Order August 23, 1983. More information: www.dana-thomas.org/
Edwards Place – the oldest home in Springfield, IL on its original foundation.
The home tells the story of Judge Benjamin S. Edwards and his family during the years 1843 to 1909. More information: www.springfieldart.org/HistoricHome/tabid/530/Default.aspx