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Arts Educator and Freelance Writer

Background Information

Roberta Volkmann, formerly a music teacher in the Springfield, Illinois, area, is retired as Educational Consultant in the fine arts at the Illinois State Board of Education. She is now a freelance writer and community volunteer.  

With a Bachelor degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield, Roberta taught for over 20 years.  She and her husband Carl have two married children and two granddaughters.  They enjoy traveling and the company of friends and family.

Her published works include feature stories on the arts, book reviews, and teacher’s guides.  She has written two books: Susan Lawrence, The Enigma in the Wright House (the biography of the woman who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design her mansion in Springfield in 1902) and Springfield’s Sculptures, Monuments, and Plaques which Roberta co-authored with her husband Carl.   

Birth Place
Dubuque, IA USA

2003 Mayor's Award for the Arts (Springfield Area Arts Council)
University of Illinois Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service (2009)

Additional Information

Roberta has just published "Susan Lawrence: the Enigma in the Wright House," the first biography of the woman who commissioned Frank Lloyd to design her home (now called the Dana-Thomas House) in Springfield, Illinois in 1902. The Sumac Shop on the Dana-Thomas House property will host a book signing on September 10 from 1 to 3 pm.

Favorite Links

Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House.
Sample chapter and ordering information for "Susan Lawrence:The Enigma in the Wright House"

Springfield Sculptures, Monuments and Plaques
New Springfield sculptures, monuments, and plaques since the book was published and book ordering information.

Sumac Shop
Shop where "Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House" can be purchased.

Susan And Me; Two Women in a Wright House
Chronicles of Susan Lawrence and Roberta Volkmann in the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Lawrence/Dana-Thomas House

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