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Kansas State University celebrates the Day Frank Lloyd Wright Came to Town

MANHATTAN, Kans.--The celebration of the centennial of architectural education at Kansas State University during 2003 and 2004 continues with a lecture by one of K-State's own distinguished faculty. Wayne Michael (Mick) Charney will present at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 in Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union. The public is invited without charge.

In 1952, renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright visited the campus of Kansas State University. Not only was his lecture to an overflow crowd a watershed event in the now 100-year-old history of the K-State architecture curriculum, but it was a momentous event in the history of the campus, its architecture, and the life of the town of Manhattan, Kansas. After scouring newspaper accounts of the day, digging through archival material, sifting through the personal letters sent between various key individuals, and tapping directly into the memories of eyewitnesses, Dr. Charney has managed to piece together the story of Wright's visit and has reconstructed the general tenor and most salient points of Wright's talk. In the course of his research, he has uncovered a much more intimate connection between Wright and Manhattan, Kansas, than anyone had ever suspected.

An Associate Professor in the K-State Department of Architecture, Dr. Charney received his Ph.D. in Art History at Northwestern University and an M.Arch and B.Sc. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois. He has membership in the College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. His interest in Wright dates back to his days as a graduate student when he rediscovered one of that master's long-lost early works and was then successfully able to reattribute authorship of that work back to Wright. Dr. Charney has taught architectural history courses at Kansas State University since 1987 and has previously taught similar courses at both Louisiana State University and Kent State University. As the recipient of several teaching awards over 26 years of teaching, Dr. Charney most recently was honored for the third consecutive time in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

For more information, contact: James S. Jones, 785/532-5953,

Kansas State University professor Mick Charney has managed to piece together the story of Frank Lloyd Wright's visit and has reconstructed the general tenor and most salient points of Wright's talk.

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