Arias and Architecture

An evening of music & design.

At 4 pm, enjoy the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul followed by a reception.

From 5-8 pm, enjoy free tours of the Cathedral. The Dana Thomas House is also open for architecture tours during this time.

Susan Lawrence Dana 157th Birthday Dinner

Celebrate the life of one of Springfield’s leading ladies of the early 20th century at a gala dinner honoring Susan Lawrence Dana on her 157th birthday. Best known for building the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Springfield, Mrs. Dana was also involved with many social and political movements. Maldaner’s Restaurant was Mrs. Dana’s go-to establishment for catering her many opulent parties and receptions. Music by the Virgil Rhodes Trio, a reading of Mrs. Dana’s letters by Linda Schneider and rooftop garden tours during cocktails.

Admission is $125 per person, which includes gourmet dinner with wine and beer (cash bar cocktails).

Event sponsors: Town & Country Bank, Dr. Victoria Davis, and Michael and Linda Dunbar.

Proceeds to support school transportation grants to visit the Dana-Thomas House.

The Dana-Thomas House Foundation was incorporated in 1983, and exists to preserve and protect the Dana-Thomas House and to promote citizen awareness of the architectural significance of Frank Lloyd Wright.

21st Annual Conference on Illinois

This annual event offers two full days of panels covering a wide range of topics from Illinois’s political, cultural, and social history that will appeal to academics, teachers, and anyone interested in the past. Continuing education credits are also available.

Thursday’s luncheon will feature Adam Selzer as he discusses his most recent book, HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil.

To Register for Thursday Luncheon:

Join us on Thursday evening for the new Women’s Suffrage Tour at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site. To sign up for the tour, call Shanta Thoele at 217-524-6045. Must be registered for the Conference to attend. Space is limited.

At Friday’s luncheon Dr. Wayne C. Temple will speak about Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield/Pittsfield connection.

To Register for Friday Luncheon:

To Register for Conference:

Various ticket options are available including student pricing. Register online in advance, $50 for one-day workshop, $90 for the two-day workshop, Lunches are $15 per day, Student discount available. Please register in advance.



Jazz in Bloom

Enjoy a late summer evening at Springfield’s Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.

Admission is $60 per person, which includes all food and beverages. Music by Sharpen Up. Event features a silent auction with Frank Lloyd Wright items and artwork.

Proceeds from this event to support the Dana-Thomas House. Advance reservations requested at the website below.

Bourbon, Brisket, & Blues

Join us on Wednesday July 31, 5:30-7:30 pm for a unique event benefiting the Dana-Thomas House Foundation Neighborhood Improvement Project.

Enjoy Bourbon, Brisket and Blues at Venue 1929, 711 South Fifth Street, Springfield, IL.

Admission includes one bourbon tasting and a delicious brisket sandwich plate with baked beans and coleslaw. Additional bourbon tastings available at $5. Fine tastings from the personal collections of local bourbon aficionados at $10 and tastings of extra fine bourbon personally chosen by bourbon expert Roger Huebner at $25 each.

Learn more about bourbon in conversation with others and our local collectors. Learn about and support the Dana-Thomas House Foundation’s efforts to improve and secure the neighborhood surrounding Springfield’s Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece.

Thank you to our sponsors — Davis Financial and Roger Huebner.

Space is limited to 75 persons, advance reservations required. No refunds.

Butterflies and Bugs in the Dana-Thomas House Gardens

University of Illinois Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers will present a “Butterflies and Bugs” open house on Saturday, June 15, from 1-3 pm in the gardens at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic site located at 301 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield.

Children and their families are invited to learn about the butterfly motif in the house and investigate the courtyard and cottage garden’s butterfly and bug habitats, or play a butterfly game in the courtyard, or do both! The volunteers will also share information on planting Pollinator Pocket gardens and planters to help attract butterflies and pollinators to guests’ own yards.

Rain date is Sunday, June 16, also from 1-3 pm.

Luminaria Open House

Pick up tickets and enter at the front door on Lawrence Avenue.
Music at the Dana House provided the Eddy Flute Choir

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