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8COMMUNITY8strongon9eldtripstotheEllwoodHouseandthatcontinuesbutwex19vedevelopedabouteightdifferenteventsthroughouttheyeartogiveyoungpeopleachancetolearnaboutsubjectslikearchitecturedesignandhistory.x1dAnexampleofthemuseumx19sinnovativeprogrammingforyoungpeopleistheLegobuildprojectheldrecentlyintheEllwoodVisitorCenter.x1cWeadvertisedthatwewantedtheparticipantstocreatesomethingathomeinaparticulararchitecturalstyleandbringitheretosharewithothersx1drecallsBrian.x1cWehadabout100childrenandtheirparentshereandwhenthekidssawthemodelsthathadbeenbroughtinfortheexhibittheywantedtostartbuildingthingsonthespot.Ithinkthelightswerejustcomingonintheirheadsandtheystartedthinkingx18OhIwanttobuildsomethinglikethat.x1dOneyoungmanbuiltamodeloftheEllwoodHouserightherex1dTheexplicitmissionoftheEllwoodHouseAssociationiseducational.Theyarechargedwithoperatingtheentiresiteasamuseumandtheyoverseealloftheinterpretiveprogramming.Theirdocentprogramisopentoanyonewithaninterestinhistoryandarchitectureandthetimetoattendafewtrainingsessions.x1cThesessionsinvolve10-12hoursoftrainingontheEllwoodfamilythehistoryofhouseandarchitecturex1dsaysDonnaGableDirectorofVisitorServices.x1cWedonx19tjusttosspeopleoutthere.Weletvolunteerdocentsdoapracticetourandwehaveongoingseminarsaboutparticularaspectsofthehouse.Forinstancewedidaseminarontheservantswhoworkedatthehouse.Wetrytokeepthingsfreshforrepeatvisitorsaswellasforthedocentsthemselves.x1dDonnasaysthatmanyofthedocentsareAssociationmembersbutmembershipisnotarequirement.x1cIftheyarenx19talreadymembersdocentscanearnafreemembershipfortheirvolunteerworkx1dsaysDonna.x1cOfcourseIencourageeveryonetojointheAssociation.Itx19sawonderfulorganizationwithitsownrichhistory.ManyofthesamepeoplewhostartedtheEllwoodHouseAssociationwereresponsibleforbringingitintotheDeKalbParksSystem.Theyarereallyresponsibleforsecuringthisamazingtreasureforourcommunity.x1dWhiletheEllwoodHouseAssociationisseriousabouteducationtheannualeventsheldatthehouseprovideahealthymixofpageantryopportunitiestosocializewithneighborsandjustplainfun.TheseeventsincludetheMemorialDayprogramtheArtatEllwoodartfairtheIceCreamSocialtheHolidayOpenHouseandWineontheTerrace.x1cWineontheTerracewhichtakesplacethisyearonSeptember15isthenewestadditiontoourannualeventscalendarx1dnotesBrian.x1cWehaveagreatturnoutandpeoplereallylookforwardtoit.Iboughtaticketforafriendlastyearandhecontactedmelaterandwantedtoknowwhenhecouldgetaticketforthisyearx19sevent.Itx19snicewhenthathappens.x1dWineontheTerraceisnowamuchanticipatedannualevent.