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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Original Buckminster Fuller Dome Home Winner of $125K Save America’s Treasures Federal Grant

The R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home is now accepting matching donations in support of their Save America's Treasures $125,000 matching federal grant to restore and preserve the original geodesic dome home of R. Buckminster Fuller on the corner of Cherry St. and Forest Ave. in Carbondale, Illinois. Donations can be given directly to The Fuller Dome’s non-profit stewards RBF Dome NFP at the www.FullerDomeHome.org website, which includes the history of the Fuller Dome and Bucky’s legacy in Carbondale and at Southern Illinois University, where he launched both the World Design Science Decade and the World Game.

As elucidated in the Save America’s Treasures Award grant winner announcement: “Prolific inventor and architect, R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome was among his most well-known architectural designs. It is the only home the Fullers ever owned, and it served as a model for all dome homes built since 1960. The SAT grant funds will support stabilizing the existing dome structure and restoring the dome to original condition.”

“These Save America’s Treasures grants will preserve the physical fabric of our history and the rich diversity of America’s story, as told by its artists, scholars, and other notable figures. These awards also honor the hundreds of volunteers, organizations, and communities whose energy and investment are ensuring that this national legacy endures for generations to come,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Save America's Treasures Grant is made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Save America's Treasure's private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, congratulated the 61 recipients of the Save America’s Treasures awards, saying, “Each project is a thread in the great tapestry that is the history and culture of our country and our people. The Save America’s Treasures program is a source of pride and a lesson in how a modest investment and a broad public-private partnership can make a vital and valuable contribution to telling the story of our nation.”

For more information, please contact Fuller Dome Development Director Janet Elizabeth Donoghue at [email protected] and 618.549.DOME [3663]. Donations can be mailed directly to The Fuller Dome, POB 1261, Carbondale, IL 62903, United States, with checks made payable to “RBF Dome NFP”.

Also, please check out the article “Bucky Dome: Daddy of all geodesic dome homes,” on CNET at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...?tag=mncol;txt
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The only known prototype of Fuller's Dymaxion House is located at the Henry Ford Museum near Detroit....
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