LANDMARKS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS
During the summer of 2013, Wright on the Park hosted two workshops funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Landmarks of America Workshops for School Teachers. Forty teachers attended each week with their work guided by ten leading experts in the field of “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in the Midwest.” The workshop examined Wright, America’s most influential architect and his role in the development of an architectural movement of the early 1900’s. Inspired by the flat Midwestern landscape, the Prairie School movement was significant in its departure from European architectural traditions and spoke to a changing nation. Prairie School architects considered this indigenous style an expression of the nation’s character, including American individualism, democratic ideals and an idealized interpretation of small-town America.
Tours of the Prairie School architecture in Mason City as well as working right in the last standing hotel in the world designed by Wright extended the classroom study, and small groups provided opportunities to share ideas for incorporating architecture into the curriculum to teach history and culture.
From 35 different states, the teachers each submitted a lesson plan following their workshop experience. These have been posted here for sharing not only with the teachers who attended but for other teachers who might be interested. Comments are invited. We hope those of you who attended will add comments on the implementation of your lessons into your classes and that your colleagues will comment and respond. It offers a great opportunity to extend what was accomplished during the workshops themselves.
The success of the 2013 workshops has led Wright on the Park to a commitment to make an application to host the workshops again in 2015. So stay tuned-there may well be another opportunity for the workshop for those who missed the first time around.
Pat Schultz and Paula Mohr