From March 26-28, 37 participants representing 33 sites gathered for The Wright Sesquicentennial and Beyond: The Wright Site Directors Summit at Wingspread. Last convened in 2014, this retreat was jointly hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. The Johnson Foundation generously provided all meeting facilities, hospitality, meals and lodging. The Conservancy’s Public Sites Committee and chair Scott Perkins selected the speaker lineup based on an open call for proposals. Topics ranged from practical matters such as the best LED lightbulbs to use to increase energy efficiency, conducting tours for people with disabilities and keeping house museums financially stable, to case studies of innovative marketing techniques and unique events. Several sites were represented for the first time, including Polymath Park and the Lewis Spring House. Lisa Yun Lee, executive director of the National Public Housing Museum, delivered the keynote address, “How to be on the Right Side of History at a Historic Site.”
The next Wright Site Directors Summit is being planned for 2020.
Posted on April 23, 2018