have lived with these things and enjoyed them; they are a part of our
lives. We don’t realize how many they are and how much a part of
us they are until we begin to catalogue them in our minds.”
John Glessner, The Story of a House
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J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History Fund
On December 1, 2014 we opened the temporary Simmerling Gallery showcasing
highlights from the extensive collection gifted to us after the passing
of Jack Simmerling in July 2013. Our long-term goal is to convert
the 1,250 foot space over the coach house into a permanent gallery that
can accommodate a much larger portion of the collection. Working
with architects from Krueck + Sexton, we have developed plans that show
what the space will look like when complete.
The projected cost
of the new gallery is $422,000 with an additional $50,000 needed for conservation
of artifacts and artwork, and the creation of custom display cases and
exhibit mounts. Donations large and small are now being accepted
for the permanent gallery and work will begin once funding is in hand.
Donations may be made by downloading a donation form here.
Bough Wallpaper Fund
On April 9, 2014,
the corner guestroom was reopened after a 3-1/2 year project to restore
this room to its original appearance. The one element of the room
that remains to be done is the recreation of the "Double Bough"
wallpaper installed in 1892. The wallpaper and its colorway were
identified in historic photos and from a surviving fragment found during
designed by Morris & Co. in 1890, will be recreated using the original
fruitwood blocks and will be hand-block printed in twelve colors in the
traditional manner. This method is extremely time-consuming and
only one roll can be produced per week. The cost per roll is $1,003
and the total amount needed for the project, including installation is
We have already
raised over $27,000 for the wallpaper project. If you would like
to help make this dream a reality and finish our corner guestroom project,
please download a donation form here.
We are grateful for all donations, large and small, and look forward to
installing this stunning wallpaper for generations of visitors to enjoy.
At Glessner House
Museum, our work is three-fold: to preserve and protect our National Historic
Landmark; to care for our remarkable decorative arts collection; and to
interpret the building and its contents, as well as the history of the
Glessner family and Chicago, through tours, exhibits, educational outreach,
and public programming.
Gifts from generous
friends of Glessner House Museum account for 86% of our annual operating
expenses. As is true with many museums, fees from tours, programs and
seasonal events generate only a small fraction of what is needed to cover
expenses. Our annual fund covers the gap between earned income and expenses
for tours, educational programs, communications, staffing and basic month-to-month
maintenance of our historic landmark building.
for the annual fund through memberships and contributions will help us
continue and improve the tours and educational programs that we offer.
Your support will also help us expand our audience, so that more people
can experience wonder at the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson,
enjoy the Museum's collections, and feel immersed in the history of Chicago
as it was during the heyday of Prairie Avenue.
To make a contribution
to Glessner House Museum, download a form by clicking here.
a member of Glessner House Museum, you will enjoy free admission for guided
tours of the museum's period rooms, and you'll help secure the future
of this national architectural treasure.
To become a member of Glessner
House Museum, download a form by clicking here.
are invited to become members of the Glessner House Museum for just $5.00
per year! With a junior membership you will receive:
quarterly Junior newsletter;
discounts on children's programming;
for "Junior Members Only" events
appropriate activities for all.
for children ages 3 through 13. Click here
to download a Junior Membership application.
House depends on volunteers to give tours, conduct research, help care
for the collection, and a host of other activities. Please email email@example.com
and include your mailing address for a volunteer packet or call 312-326-1480
and request more information.
a volunteer application by clicking here.
House relies on volunteers to give tours of the
Clarke and Glessner Houses to thousands of visitors from all over the
world. As a volunteer docent, your job is to lead an exploration of the
rich topics each house had to offer. Whether your group is a classroom
of school children or people from the neighborhood, there is always the
possibility of insightful dialogue and new discoveries – for the
visitors and for you!
prepare volunteers to give tours, GHM offers an individualized docent
training program that covers architecture, decorative arts and social
history as they relate to each house. The next docent training sessions
will take place over five Saturdays beginning February 28 and concluding
March 28, 2015. Each morning session begins at 9:30am and concludes
at 12:30pm. Docents must commit to 24 hours of volunteering per
year, which works out to one 2-hour shift per month. Docents lead public
tours on afternoons Wednesdays through Sundays, in addition to custom
tours which are offered seven days a week.
Occasional continuing education programs through the Docent Council
Invitations and discounts to lectures, programs and special events
10% off on merchandise in the museum gift shop
Annual recognition party
The chance to make connections with people who are interested in the same
things that you are!
Other Volunteer Opportunities
also have volunteer opportunities for those with an interest in the museumand
our work who may be too busy (or just a bit too shy) to make the docent
commitment. We'd love to hear from you, too!
ARE FILLED THROUGH SPRING 2015
Tours, exhibits, and public programs are the most visible ways in which
the organization interprets the resources of Glessner House. Another important
method for sharing the cultural riches of the house is the museum's internship
program. Through internships, we provide educational outreach to university
students who come to Glessner House to learn about the architecture, art,
and social history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
as well as the many aspects of museum administration. Staff works closely
with the students to determine internship objectives and to set project
priorities. Many Glessner House interns are fulfilling a degree requirement
and will receive course credit; several of our interns have come to Glessner
House to experience working in the museum field before making an academic
or professional commitment.
Glessner House has so many resources that we are able to take students
from a wide variety of fields: historic preservation, decorative arts,
museum studies, history and more. We provide interns with knowledge and
training they can take with them into their careers, placing each student
into a working environment where each becomes part of the Glessner House
team. Here we are able to take that one step further and combine the theory
with hands-on professional training and real work experience.
Download an internship
application by clicking here.
House Museum offers research opportunities for those interested in the
Glessner Family, Henry Hobson Richardson, Isaac Scott, architecture, historic
preservation, decorative arts, social history, and Chicago history during
the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as it pertains to the Glessner
family and the Prairie Avenue District.
Limited resources include historic photographs, family papers, restoration
files, drawings, and various published articles. The archives may be accessed
by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.