Saturday, May 28, 2011

LEW WALLACE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES OPEN ENROLLMENT

2010 Youth Academy students learn what it was like to
undergo surgery on the Civil War battlefield.

Crawfordsville, Indiana, May 25, 2011—Amanda Wesselmann, Associate Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum and Coordinator of the Lew Wallace Youth Academy, announced today that enrollment into the weeklong day camp, held this year from July 5-9, is now open to the public.  In 2008, the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor this country gives to museums, largely because of the impact the Academy made on the Montgomery County community.

The Academy, which is in its seventh year after six tremendously successful seasons, has already enrolled exceptional middle school-aged students from schools and home school organizations from throughout Montgomery County, and only a few positions remain.  The Academy promotes in its students the qualities of leadership, character and lifelong learning that General Lew Wallace embodied throughout his life.  This year, Academy students will investigate new disciplines related to the Wallace legacy: in the day dedicated to “The Food That Lew Knew”, participants will meet a local sheep farmer and her livestock, and discuss the processing of food from farm to table, complete with sampling the types of cuisine Lew Wallace tasted. They will also prepare wool for felting and spinning, and create their own project to take home.

“We chose our wide variety of subjects not to have one specialty for everyone, but to illustrate that each student can excel in many things,” said Wesselmann.  “Our diverse faculty has designed hands-on group activities that will build on students’ interests, and pique new ones.”

2010 Youth Academy students excel in African drumming.
Applicants for the Academy must be entering 6th through 8th grade or equivalent and able to attend the entire camp from July 5-9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Parents are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Academy.  The cost to the family is only $25 per child.  Scholarship opportunities are available for families experiencing financial hardship; contact the Museum to make arrangements.

This program is made possible through our generous sponsors, including Tipmont REMC, Union Township Board of Trustees, Sugar Creek Kiwanis, Character Counts, American Legion Byron Cox Post 72, Clements Plumbing, INFBPW/Crawfordsville, Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association, Psi Iota Xi - Gamma Xi Chapter, Teachers Credit Union, Brian Keim, and Roberta Berry.

For registration forms, contact Amanda Wesselmann at 765-362-5769 or awesselmann@ben-hur.com, or stop by the Carriage House Interpretive Center at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, 200 Wallace Ave., Crawfordsville.  Registration forms and $25 fee are due by June 30.

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