Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair buildings’ transport to showcase the shores of the Indiana Dunes National Park in Beverly Shores, Family Folklore Foundation, Inc. announces accomplishing their goals with art exhibits, books publications and a live Radio Play Performance. With Grants via the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and South Shore Arts the 501C3 non-profit educational organization’s mission is to educate people of all ages about the global village via field excursions and media projects, then in turn sharing these learnings with the greater public.
Their volunteer participants enhance their social skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, writing skills, media production skills, and dramatic expression. In short, we learn to be better communicators as we become more self-realized.
This current project, “The 1933 World’s Fair-y Tales,” will have a positive effect on the community of NW Indiana as well as ,amy virtual friends. Studying primary and secondary sources of the buildings and dune backdrop, visiting the Chicago Historical Museum’s World’s Fair exhibits, and riding the WG Jackson Boat to get their sea legs, among other grand experiences, are part of the project.
Shown Above: the Wieboldt-Rosone
This home located on the north side of Lake Front Drive was framed in steel but clad with an experimental material called “Rostone.” This material was made of shale, limestone, and alkali and proved to not be as sturdy as originally hoped.
Much of the home was repaired soon after using a concrete stucco, although you can still see remnants of the Rostone in certain areas.
Shown Above: The Armco Ferro Home (Rear View)
This home was the only one of the five that met the standard for the Fair Committee’s criteria: “A house that could be mass produced and was affordable for the average American family.”
This home was made of porcelain-enameled steel panels produced by Ferro Enamel Corporation and could be placed on any side without damaging the structure.
Family Folklore Foundation will present a live radio play “If Houses Could Talk” to hundreds of people at various local venues. Their experiences will be documented in the original text and illustrations of a coffee table book, “Family Folklore Musings: The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair-y Tales” and on our virtual platforms in the Spring of 2024.
Because of the generosity of elected officials they are able to finance materials, expertise, rental fees, and travel expenses necessary to reach local audiences as well as the documentary and book costs. If you would like more information about our doings, check out the links for :
On Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/famfolkfound
See Meg Demakas Full Length Interview on Video Interviewed by Panoramanow on WVLP Radio AND Youtube
Meet Meg Demakas from Family Folklore Foundation, Artist, Author, Teacher, and Playwright! Historic information. Talking about the Worlds Fair Homes at the Indiana Dunes.
Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/z-nRWaC9vcI
Facebook Video: https://fb.watch/mpY0nABlfe
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