MASON CITY — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Mason City’s Wright on the Park a $179,993 Landmarks of American History and Culture grant.

The grant will be used to fund two one-week workshops during summer 2013. A total of 80 teachers will work with a faculty of scholars on the subject of Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School architecture.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Stockman House and Rock Crest/Rock Glenn homes are the primary historic sites that will be used to address central themes and issues in the humanities.

“This is a major undertaking for WOTP,” said Pat Schultz, co-project director along with architectural historian Paula Mohr of Des Moines. “It is a big step forward in expanding our non-profit organization’s education mission. It would be impossible for us to fund something of this scope without financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

“Being selected for this project really affirms the value of our local architecture on a national level,” Schultz said.

In addition to tours of the local sites, teachers will hear experts speak on Wright, the local landmarks and Prairie School architecture as representative of the history and culture of America.

Teachers will also begin to develop additional research projects and/or curriculum during the week.

“Architecture has too long been ignored in our classrooms, so we hope to change some minds about its worth,” Schultz said. “Much can be learned about the history and values of a place, a region or a country based on its architecture.”

One use of the grant will be used to award each teacher an amount to offset individual costs of transportation, housing and materials for the workshop as well as travel expenses and honorariums for the incoming faculty members.

As WOTP works to prepare for the workshops, further information will be made available about the offerings, dates and participating faculty.

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