Contact


Museum Staff

Larry Paarlberg, Director – Larry Paarlberg joined the museum staff as Executive Director in 2009. A native of Oxford, Indiana, who grew up in West Lafayette, Larry’s family has been in Indiana since the 1830s. He graduated from Purdue with a BA in History and attended THE Ohio State University, graduating with a Masters in Architectural Preservation. He moved to Florida in 1982 to work for the Florida Department of State in the Bureau of Historic Preservation, intending to stay only one year. Plans changed and he ended up working for the State from 1982 to 1987. He accepted a job with the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board from 1987-1992 to manage the restoration of the historic Knott House Museum on behalf of the State. With the completion of the Knott House he accepted a job as Executive Director at Goodwood Museum & Gardens from 1992-2009. Larry is married to Fran, a fifth-generation Floridian; their one child, Andrew, is a sixth-generation Floridian.

Please direct all historical inquiries and donation/membership inquiries to Larry Paarlberg at lpaarlberg@ben-hur.com.

Amanda McGuire, Associate Director – Amanda was first hired by the Study to develop an exhibit in 2008. She worked in various roles here before becoming Associate Director in 2011. She has a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology, both from Purdue University. After a short career in medical research, she went back to school and received a M.A. in Museum Studies from IUPUI.

Please contact Amanda McGuire for inquiries related to the collection and educational programming. Tour inquiries should also be directed to Amanda McGuire at amcguire@ben-hur.com.

Deb King, Grounds Manager – Please direct all inquiries about grounds rentals, weddings, and gardens to Deb King at dking@ben-hur.com.

Stephanie Cain, Visitor Services – Stephanie Cain joined the museum staff in July 2012. A Civil War buff, she has a B.A. from Purdue University in History and Creative Writing. When she isn’t at the Study, Stephanie hikes, hangs out with her cats, writes fantasy novels, and blogs at her website.

Please contact Stephanie if you have questions regarding the Study web site or social media at scain@ben-hur.com.

Contact

Phone: 765-362-5769

Mailing Address:
General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
P.O. Box 662
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Physical Address:
General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
200 Wallace Avenue
Crawfordsville, IN 47933