Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, December 6, 2009— The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum is hosting a free Holiday Open House on their last operating day of 2009, Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Open House takes place inside the Carriage House Interpretive Center, which is gloriously outfitted in yuletide décor, featuring a Christmas tree decorated in the minimalist style of the Civil War era. Festive activities and toasty treats will be on hand, as well as a fun holiday craft project for the kids.
The Open House will also be the final opportunity for visitors to see the Museum’s 2009 exhibit, Embattled: General Wallace’s Leadership in the Civil War. This year’s exhibit featured authentic artifacts of General Wallace’s from the 1860s alongside a thorough investigation of Wallace’s service in the Civil War. The exhibit was guest curated by Gail Stephens, Wallace scholar and author whose book on Wallace will be released next year.
Admission to the Museum during the Holiday Open House is free. Call 765-362-5769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. December 13 is also the final day of the 2008 Museum season. The Museum will be closed through January and reopen for tours on Sunday, February 3, 2010.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, November 22, 2009— Holidays and history bring the community together for the third annual Holiday High Tea and Fashions, a benefit for the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society scheduled for Friday, December 4, between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.
This year’s event will be at the Herron House at 406 W. Wabash Ave., an historic building owned by Wabash College and carrying a great deal of community history. “General Lew Wallace used to sit on the veranda for hours at a time,” said Alice Phillips, who currently resides in the house with her husband, Dean of the College Gary Phillips. “He and William [Herron] were good friends and they would talk for hours about the issues of the day.” Among some of the house’s most beautiful features are the curved grand staircase, five hand-carved fireplaces, and stained glass windows that grace the front of the house and the lower level of the stairs.
The Holiday Tea is an open house complete with tea, sweets, and savory snacks served from the built-in dining room buffet. Local models will show off fashions from Formal to Fireside by heathcliff, and the Herron House will be decorated with seasonal floral arrangements by Milligan’s Flowers & Gifts. Door prizes from local merchants will also be drawn every half hour, giving event-goers several chances to win accessories and decorations to brighten their own homes.
“The holidays are about celebrating and giving, and we do both with this event,” said Anita Klein, chair of the Planning Committee. “The Holiday High Tea and Fashions is a chance to get together to enjoy food, fashion, and a festive atmosphere while supporting one of the gems of Crawfordsville.”
Reservations are $20 per person and due by December 2. No tickets will be available at the door. To reserve places for you and your guests, call the Museum at 765/362-5769.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The books were packed carefully in boxes lined with buffered tissue, and more fragile books were tied with white twill tape to make sure they don't fall apart when moved.
Collections Manager Amanda McGuire (center) led the charge by instructing volunteers and troubleshooting problems, and Wabash Archivist and Museum Board Member Beth Swift gave a ton of professional assistance!
We got a few surprises, too: who knew there were books behind books? No wonder we couldn't locate them during the inventory!
Now the boxes are numbered and ready to store. Thank you to all our packing volunteers and staff who came in especially for packing day!
Friday, November 20, 2009
So where, you ask, does Lew Wallace factor into all of these useless clock factoids? Well, the clock has undergone several innovations and improvements, one of which is the advent of the snooze button. Some people have mistakenly credited this to General Lew Wallace, but this just is not true. Says one blogger (http://www.thebluesmokeband.com/alarm.clocks.php), “Stated simply: the snooze button has left me less than satisfied. Given this, I naturally wanted to find a place to lay blame. Who better than the inventor of the snooze button: Lew Wallace.” A careful examination of the history of the clock and its many assets shows us why this just cannot be, but first we must absolutely decide what the snooze button really is.
The snooze button allows the clock owner to set an alarm on his/her clock and when the alarm signals the proper time the owner has the option of resetting that clock for a prescribed amount of time. It is possible to reset a mechanical alarm and even to do so with little effort, but it involves actually changing the alarm time. You cannot patent an action like that, so the snooze button must also involve the owner triggering some kind of predetermined signal that does not necessarily have to go off. This kind of manipulation of a clock was only really available until the General Electric-Telechron in 1956. Not too much later the digital revolution changed clocks forever.
General Wallace died in 1905, a full 51 years before the first marketed snooze alarm. He also could not have invented the alarm itself because an Ottoman engineer, Taqi al-Din, writes about a mechanical alarm clock in his book, The Brightest Stars for the Construction of Mechanical Clocks, which was published somewhere around 1556. Even in the United States the first clock patent goes to Eli Terry On November 17, 1797. It is just not possible for Lew Wallace to have invented the snooze alarm and in fact his own clock is a weight-driven Tiffany timepiece that is still functioning at the Museum.
Researched and written by museum intern Will Finney, Wabash College '10
Saturday, November 14, 2009
General Lew Wallace's 1898 Tiffany grandfather clock, custom made for the General in New York to match his Study here in Crawfordsville, gets installed in its temporary home inside the Carriage House Interpretive Center. As shown in this video, the clock juuuuuust fits.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"I've never felt more warmly welcomed," said Paarlberg of the evening's festivities. "I'm so impressed that so many people turned out in less-than-stellar weather. And the trustees should rent themselves out to New York caterers, the food was so good."
Paarberg started at the Museum on October 1 and has already had experience with visitors from the community, school tours, and grant presentations in his short tenure. Among his current duties is overseeing the Study Restoration Project, beginning this fall.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Grounds keeper Deb King and collections manager Amanda McGuire started moving artifacts today in order to clean out the inglenook so the architect and potential contractors can get up to the dome to decide what needs to be done to repair it. The access to the dome is in the ceiling of the inglenook area and we don't want to take any chances of damaging artifacts by leaving them out while people are climbing up and down a ladder. Some items are still on display in the study but have moved to new locations. Other artifacts were brought over to the Carriage House for long term storage in the vault and some items were moved to Lew's cabinets for oversized books for temporary storage.
Part of the process of packing the artifacts is ensuring that each item has a unique three-part number to tie it to information in our collection database about what it is, where it is located and who donated it. Most of the artifacts have a number assigned to them but the number was never written on the artifact. A special process is used so that the number can be removed without causing any damage to the item.
Staff and volunteers will continue the process of packing up books and artifacts through the end of the year until construction begins. Some artifacts will be packed away and stored for a few years to allow them to "rest" so we can keep them for many years to come. These items will be brought out for special exhibits in the carriage house but will not be on permanent display in the study anymore, so be sure to make a trip out to see the General's "pleasure house for the soul" before the restoration work begins!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
In 2008, AIM was proud to announce the news of the award received by the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum (Crawfordsville). This year, the Indianapolis Museum of Art receives the honor.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), formerly known as the Art Association of Indianapolis, was founded more than 125 years ago on the principal that art should be cultivated, studied, and available to all. Today, the IMA upholds these original tenets through programs like Viewfinders, an art viewing program that invites children to visit the museum with their teachers, think creatively, and share their ideas about the art with one another; and the Museum Apprentice Program, an initiative for high school students that supports mentorships with prominent artists on projects that develop leadership skills and expose them to the arts fields. Happily, visitors can appreciate the most comprehensive visual arts institution in Indiana for free, a recent and impactful change. Click here for complete IMLS release.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Mother Nature provided us with yet another beautiful autumn day for our sixth annual Artists in Residence Program on Sunday, October 4. Five artists and six art educators gathered on the grounds of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum to demonstrate their artistic talents for Museum visitors. Over 200 people visited the Museum to see these talented individuals and to try their hands at making art themselves.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Dale is also president of the Crawfordsville School Board and the board at First Christian Church. He has been actively involved in the Character Counts program, and has chaired the Strawberry Festival Committee three times.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This year, the Museum will have six art education stations where children and families can create their own original works of art to take home. Terry Lawrence, a veteran of the Artist-in-Residence program, will encourage visitors to look at some of the architectural features of the building and then use their imaginations to create their own original buildings; Mary Dawald will assist young artists in making their own tin-punch ornament; Jaroslaw Petruniw will instruct visitors how to create their own comic strip; and June Gourley will guide students in a string art activity. For the first time, the program will feature youth artists, including Riley Edie, a student from Pleasant Hill Elementary, teaching basic origami techniques; and the Crawfordsville High School National Art Honor Society aiding budding artists in creating sand paintings.
The Museum will also have two local luthiers, or violin makers, participate in the program this year. Archie Krout and Alan Frodge will be on hand to demonstrate the art of violin-making, an activity that General Wallace taught himself later in his life, and they will play finished pieces.
Visitors can also go on free guided tours of the Study to see examples of Wallace’s sculpting, drawing, painting, the violin that he played as well as a violin that he was making. With preparations underway for the Study Restoration Project, which will replace the leaking dome, this will be visitors’ last opportunity to tour the building before the artifacts are packed for temporary storage. Come visit the Study October 4 to see local artists at work and create your own masterpieces.
The Artists-In-Residence Program is made possible, in part, with support from the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For information on this or other exciting programs at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, visit our website at http://www.ben-hur.com/ or phone 765-362-5769.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Paarlberg, an Indiana native and 1980 Purdue alum, has worked in historic preservation in the Tallahassee area since 1982. In his seventeen years at Goodwood, an antebellum estate in Tallahassee, Paarlberg oversaw the restoration of the 19th century mansion and seven cottages on the grounds as well as the renewal of the mansion’s gardens. In his career, Paarlberg has directly raised over $2.8 million in competitive grants from private and public sources as well as $1 million in private funds.
The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a 2008 winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, conducted a nationwide search to find a director after the departure of Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, who had been with the Museum since 2003. Paarlberg will join a staff of one additional full-time and two part-time employees and a cadre of volunteers responsible for daily operations.
"The Board has engaged in a nation-wide search for a new director, working over several months,” said Suanne Milligan, President of the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society Board of Trustees. “Now we are thrilled to be able to bring someone of Larry's expertise, experience and enthusiasm to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum."
Friday, September 4, 2009
Congratulations again to our award winners:
Judges' Choice for Best Taste: Joey's Main St. Cafe
Judges' Choice for Best Showmanship: Moon Dance Cafe
People's Choice for Best Taste: Two Guys Cooking
People's Choice for Best Showmanship: Bon Appetit
Pete Miller Vendors' Choice: Miller's Quality Meats and Catering
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Acting Museum Director Amanda Wesselmann explores the interior of the General Lew Wallace Study, built in 1895, and illustrates the water damage due to the Study's leaky roof. Revenues from the Taste of Montgomery County, on Saturday, August 29, 2009, go directly to replacing the Study's copper roof.
To view this video in its entirety (2:14), visit the original YouTube video here.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Acting Museum Director Amanda Wesselmann features the Best of Taste Awards, which visitors can vote on during the Taste of Montgomery County, on Saturday, August 29, 2009.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The Taste is the Museum’s biggest fundraiser, enabling the Museum to provide quality themed programming, exhibits, and events throughout each year, but this year’s fundraising need is especially dire. The Museum is raising funds to replace the original copper roof on General Lew Wallace’s study, the building he called “the pleasure house of my soul.”
“The Study Restoration Project is our top priority this year,” said Amanda Wesselmann, Acting Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. “We want to maintain excellence in visitor experience and protect the historic artifacts that we have, but it’s impossible to do that with the increasing damage to our main structure.”
The Study building has suffered rapid deterioration in recent years due to water penetration in the building’s copper roof. Water has permeated the plaster in a large section of the Study’s ceiling and, if left untreated, could cause irreparable damage to General Wallace’s personal artifacts stored inside.
“The artifacts we have on display are entirely original; they are all things General Wallace used himself, from the furniture to the art and the books,” said Wesselmann. “Because these things are so precious, we take great care to monitor the humidity and moisture levels inside the Study to make sure the artifacts last as long as possible.”
When any measurable rain falls at the Study, the roof leaks in over ten places. Although most of the leaks do not fall on the artifacts themselves, the humidity levels inside the building vary wildly, contributing to artifact destabilization and possible mold growth. Water damage has also affected the foundation of the building, with years of seasonal expansion and contraction causing foundation cracks and separation of the stucco. Ultimately, restoring the building’s foundation, interior ceiling damage and exterior roof works, including the Tiffany stained glass ordered by General Wallace, will cost at least $165,000. Additional costs include expert packing, moving and storing of the General’s personal items while the roof replacement is underway.
Museum staff members have been hard at work for two years raising funds and securing grants for the project, but replacing an all-copper roof in the current economy requires a variety of strategies. “This is probably the most fun way we can raise money,” said Wesselmann. “It gets the whole community involved, enjoying excellent food and great music from around the area, and it helps our Museum immeasurably.”
The third-annual Taste of Montgomery County will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. on the grounds of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville. Featured live musical acts include The Woodstove Flapjacks, The Big Swing Band and the Gordon Bonham Blues Band. Advance tickets for the Taste are on sale now at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, Montgomery County Visitors Bureau, Kwik Kopy Printing, Milligan’s Flowers & Gifts and Moon Dance Café.
For more information on this year’s Taste and the Museum’s Study Restoration Project, contact the Museum at 765-362-5769 or visit our websites at www.ben-hur.com or www.tasteofmontgomerycounty.com.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The benefits of purchasing advance tickets are twofold. Advance tickets are $1 cheaper—adult tickets at the gate on the day of the Taste will be $5 and student tickets will be $3. Advance ticket holders will also be able to get into the gate faster on the day of the Taste, as they won’t have to wait in line to purchase tickets. This could be a real advantage when crowds gather for the nationally-recognized musical acts scheduled to play at this year’s Taste. The Woodstove Flapjacks, an acoustic bluegrass band from Lafayette, will play at 1:00 p.m., and The Big Swing Band from Lafayette rocks the house at 4:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., the Gordon Bonham Blues Band, a mainstay of the star-studded Indianapolis Jazz Festival, takes the Taste stage for a rousing finale.
The Taste of Montgomery County will be held at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum on Saturday, August 29, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. The restaurants and caterers showcasing their foods at this year’s Taste include Buffalo Wild Wings, Two Guys Cooking, Bon Appétit, Rumor's Bar & Grill, Tacos el Jarocho, A Country A-Fair, Arthur's Café, The Iron Gate, The Big Dipper, Applebee's, Moon Dance Café, Joey's Main Street Café & Catering, The Juniper Spoon, Norvell's BBQ & Catering, China Inn, Miller's Quality Meats & Catering, Elaine's Catering & Tea Shop, Good To Go Xpresso, and the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Unfortunately, torrential rain during our Civil War Encampments is something we're getting used to. This one was quite a doozy, though!