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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Roberta Volkmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction




Illinois Connection

Roberta received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield. She has lived in Springfield, Illinois, since 1960.

Biographical and Professional Information

As music educator for more than twenty years, Roberta taught early childhood, elementary, secondary, and teacher training courses throughout the Springfield area. Since her retirement from the Illinois State Board of Education where she served as Educational Consultant in the fine arts for nine years, Roberta has been an arts education consultant.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Springfield's Sculptures, Monuments, and Plaques (Images of America: Illinois)
ISBN: 0738551651

Arcadia Publishing. 2008

Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the home of Abraham Lincoln and Vachel Lindsay. The city is filled with history, and that fact is reflected in the many sculptures, monuments, and plaques that have been commissioned to commemorate this history. The city contains more than 14 statues and busts of Abraham Lincoln. Famous sculptors have created 17 statues inside the state capitol alone, and 13 more statues and sculptures are located on the capitol grounds. The state’s Capital Development Board sponsors the Art-in-Architecture program and provides funding for newly commissioned sculptures in state-funded public buildings. Several major American sculptors are represented in the many works, including Leonard Volk, Leonard Crunelle, Larkin Mead, Fred Torrey, and James Earl Fraser. Works of contemporary artists such as Michael Dunbar, Richard Hunt, and Preston Jackson are also present. Oak Ridge Cemetery contains four war memorials and Abraham Lincoln’s tomb. Each of the sculptures, monuments, and plaques has a story to tell and helps to make Springfield’s history come alive.

Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House
ISBN: 1589099605

Bookstand Publishing. 2011

In 1902 Susan Lawrence commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to "remodel" her deceased father's home in Springfield, Illinois. The project grew and became a blonde Roman brick mansion with 35 rooms on 16 different levels. An anomaly in Springfield, the house is a masterpiece that still stands today as one of Wright's finest Prairie designs. Now called the Dana-Thomas House, it is an Illinois State Historic Site that has been visited by thousands. The woman behind the project, Susan Lawrence, lived during a period in history when women were finding their voices and carving out new places in society. As the world changed around her, she assumed several names and played many roles. She entertained lavishly, traveled the world, championed the rights of women and African-Americans, shared her time and money, and led seekers of spiritual truths. With over 50 images, this book captures Susan Lawrence's complex and independent lifestyle that matched the home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for her -- unconventional and dramatic.