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Darwin Martin Jr. Docent Program

Students in front of Martin House A group of Grand Island High School students became subject matter experts on Frank Lloyd Wright and the house he created for Darwin Martin Jr. As part of the Junior Docent program at the Darwin Martin House, students learn about various styles of architecture such as prairie style, design principles, and personal information about both Frank Lloyd Wright and the Martin family.

The Jr. Docent Program consisted of three parts. First, the students in the GIHS architecture and construction class went to the Darwin Martin house and were given a tour. During the tour the students took notes on everything they saw and the architectural components. The day wrapped up with questions and answers regarding the concepts, principles of design and history. Back at school, the students focused on one area of the house and did some further research on a particular room or feature. 

Next, the educational director at the Martin House came to class and talked further on the research that the students completed and checked to make sure the student information was accurate.

The culmination of the program was a tour of the Martin house for family, friends, school administrators and others where students were the docents to explain the significance of various rooms and design features in the house. 

“The students that participated did a fantastic job delivering two separate tours,” said GIHS teacher Eric Cohoon. “It was a great experience for them in public speaking and exposing them to something out of their comfort zone.” 

Students explain architecture Students inside the home