Lincoln’s Springfield: Architecture and Pre-Presidential History
Learn stories about Abraham Lincoln and other historic members of the Springfield community as you discover a variety of architecturally significant sites around the city.
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Program No. 22046RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Through a series of fascinating field trips and lectures, discover Abraham Lincoln and some of the most significant historic places in Springfield. Join experts and historians to explore the places that were important to Lincoln and other Springfield citizens. Visit other architecturally significant places around Springfield like two of the earliest homes in the city and one of the most “complete” examples of a Prairie-style home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Learn how early settlers were influenced by the landscape and their cultures as you discover the history and architectural styles of various century-old homes.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile through city streets and gardens; standing for several hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Lincoln’s own classic Greek revival historically furnished home, the places he worked, the homes of his family and friends and his burial place.
  • Discover the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style Dana-Thomas House that contains the largest collection of site-specific, original, Wright-designed art glass, furniture and furnishings.
  • Explore homes of early settlers, Edwards Place and Elijah Iles House (Springfield Oldest Home) to experience early life in Springfield.
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Larry Betz
A retired high school teacher and coach, Larry Betz is passionate about the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and serves as a docent at Dana-Thomas House, one of the best-preserved examples of Wright’s “Prairie period.” Larry’s own home, a rambling rural farmhouse, is an homage to Wright — he has bought, and in some cases even built, heavy oak furniture that reflects the “Prairie style” and he makes art and stained glass pieces characterized by Wright’s distinctive geometric forms. Larry also serves as president of the board for the Belleville Historical Society, as a director for the St. Clair County Historical Society and as director of the Arts Council of Southwestern Illinois.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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