A Road Scholar Program by Ellie Carlson
Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright fell in love. They were both married to other people and had eight children to care for between them. Flaunting all social mores of their time and abandoning their obligations, they ran off together. They spent time in Europe and then later settled in Wisconsin where Mr. Wright built Taliesin for Mamah. Mamah was a modern woman living in a still very Victorian world. While Mr. Wright could depend on society to forgive a man’s indiscretions; especially if it also viewed him as genius, Mamah was expected to behave in a carefully prescribed manner. When she did not, she was outcast. She lived what was left of her short life as the female head of household at Taliesin where she died, tragically, in 1914. Mamah returns to our world in this first person presentation to tell her own story.
This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Diane K. Steele, 618.254.4832.