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COMMUNITY6BriannotesthattheEllwoodHouseisuncommonamongChicagolandhistorichousemuseumsbecauseofitsexpansivegroundsandeclecticarchitecture.x1cThesevenhistoricstructuressitonabout10acresofgreenspacecompletewithawoodedsectiongardensandanadjacentcemetery.WehaveTudorPrairieSchoolandVictorianarchitecturerepresentedinthesestructures.Itx19sjustagreatplacetoeducatevisitorsaboutthesevariousstyles.AndofcoursethehistoryoftheEllwoodfamilyandtheirconnectiontothebarbed-wireindustryisextraordinary.x1dBriantookoverthejobofdirectorfromhismentorJerryBraueraboutayearandahalfagoandthemovewassomethingofahomecomingforhim.x1cIworkedhereparttimeingradschoolandIworkedwithJerryBrauerforacoupleyearsandIwaskindofinandoutofthisplacesoIknewitwellandalwayslikedit.WhenJerrydecidedtoretiretherewasanopportunitytoapplyforthispositionsothatx19swhatIdid.x1dTheEllwoodAssociationBoardofDirectorslefttorightRichardCoolerBenBingleTimConklinJerryJohnsVicePresidentKarenKuhnSecretaryRachelXidisJohnDiedrichPresidentBrianReisCindyCapekNotpicturedJulieGriffisCarolynSwaffordSteveFaivreTreasurerWithover400memberstheEllwoodHouseAssociationprovidescontinuing3nancialandhumanresourcesthatarecrucialtotheoperationofthishistoricsite.Fromhelpingwiththemaintenanceofthemuseumx19scollectiontoprovidingapoolofdocentstohelpguidevisitorsthroughthebuildingsandgroundsduringtoursandspecialeventsassociationmembersarepartofthelivinglinkbetweenthesitex19spastandthepresent.EllwoodHousedirectorBrianReisformerlythecuratoroftheFrankLloydWrightPreservationTrustinOakParkandChicagoknowsbetterthanmostthatcommunitysupportisthelifebloodofasiteliketheEllwoodHouse.x1cPeoplesometimesthinkofahistoricalpreservationassomethingstaticbutinfactitisconstantlybeingreinterpretedreconnectedtoitscontextandrevisedinlightofnewinformation.InthecaseoftheEllwoodHouseourcommunityhaschampionedthatworkandtheireffortshavehelpedpreserveatrulyuniquesite.x1d