Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thrilling Whodunit Kicks Off Brown Bag Book Club

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, May 29, 2010— A mysterious, holy grail–like object containing a document with the potential to bring about peace between the different peoples of the world is at the center of the exciting novel The Abyssinian Proof by Jenny White, the first selection for the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum’s annual Brown Bag Book Club. The discussion for this book will take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., and participants are invited to bring their lunches for an interesting afternoon dialogue.

Set in late-nineteenth-century Istanbul, this gripping story features city magistrate Kamil Pasha, the protagonist of White’s earlier novel The Sultan’s Seal, who must expose a smuggling ring and recover a stolen reliquary, a box that contains a secret message known as the “Proof of God.”

“Our book club selections are meant to illustrate times and places in history that Lew Wallace would have been familiar with,” said Amanda Wesselmann, Associate Director of the Museum and leader of this month’s discussion. “The Abyssinian Proof is fiction, but since Lew Wallace was U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire during the early 1880s, the descriptions of the area and the historical events of that time were in line with what he experienced.”

The Abyssinian Proof and future Brown Bag Book Club selections can be purchased at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum Gift Shop for 10% off the cover price. For questions about the Museum’s exciting summer of events, contact the Museum at 765-362-5769 or visit www.ben-hur.com.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY TO BE HELD MAY 16, 2010

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana, May 8, 2010—The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville announced today that it will join museums around the world in observing International Museum Day on Sunday, May 16. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has announced this year’s theme for International Museum Day: “Museums for Social Harmony”.

ICOM created International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage awareness about the role of museums in the development of society. Momentum has been rising unabated ever since. In 2009, more than 20,000 museums in 90 countries from Australia to Zimbabwe participated.

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum will be celebrating International Museum Day from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. with free tours of its facilities and light refreshments. The public will also have the chance to see the Museum’s newest exhibit, “Sanctuary: Preserving the Legacy of Lew Wallace.” Visitor Services & Marketing Coordinator Kara Edie believes this year’s Museum Day theme is an apt one: “Montgomery County is overflowing with riches of cultural heritage. On days like this, we get a lot of local visitors, and it’s wonderful to watch their appreciation of this area grow as they learn about the amazing things that have happened here in the past.”

For further information about ICOM and International Museum Day, visit their website at http://icom.museum/imd.html. More information about the event at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum can be found by calling 765-362-5769 or by visiting our website at http://www.ben-hur.com.