Study to resume lecture series

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The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum strives to provide programming that relates not only to Lew Wallace, but also to the Museum’s current exhibit. The 2022 “This Just In” exhibit highlights new additions to the collections of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. Related to this theme is Dr. Howard Miller’s fall lecture series.

Jessie MacLeod, associate curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will present “The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association: 162 Years of Collecting George Washington” at 7 p.m. on September 15. Today, the organization has a rich collection that tells the story of George Washington as a general, president, and private citizen. This lecture will explore the collecting practices and priorities of the MVLA, highlighting important acquisitions from the 19th century to today.

Suzanne Hahn, Vice President of Archives and Library at the Indiana Historical Society, will discuss “Indiana Historical Society Collections” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has collected and preserved Indiana’s unique histories; bringing Hoosiers together to remember and share the past – including Lew and Susan Wallace. Suzanne will not only discuss how the Society has grown and refined its collection, but also new collection initiatives that will inspire future Hoosiers. The following day, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will sponsor a field trip to the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. Places will be limited and reservations are required.

Kathleen Langone will present “Finding Amalia Kussner” at 7 p.m. on October 6. Kussner was a miniature portrait painter and “darling” of the Gilded Age who became one of the most sought after artists of that time. Amalia’s career will include painting many prominent New York families, European and Russian royalty, and more. This program sheds light on how a single artifact can spark amazing research into someone forgotten in history. The lecture will cover the full story of his life, beginning with his early years in Terre Haute, his incredible rise to fame in New York in the 1890s, and his last years in Europe after 1900. Attendees will see images of a wide variety of his work, both from museums and from a private collection.

During the 2022 Final Lecture at 7 p.m. on October 27, Peter Hatch will present “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello.” Hatch, director emeritus of Gardens & Grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, was responsible for maintaining, interpreting and restoring the 2,400-acre landscape at Monticello from 1977 to 2012. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the most great service that can be done to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.Restored in 1984, the garden and Jefferson’s legacy continue to inspire the farm-to-table movement today The talk will address collection issues at Monticello with stories of plants dying, seed collection compromised by ugly harvesters, varieties not true to name, and more.

All lectures will be held at Whitlock Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 212 S. Green St. Museum staff encourage visitors and attendees to wear masks and maintain a six-foot social distance. The lectures are all free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.

For more information, contact Larry Paarlberg at 765-362-5769 or [email protected] A full list of study events is online at

Angela C. Hale