Ben-Hur


Redeeming Messala: Ben-Hur Beyond the 1959 Epic

Dr. Howard Miller, professor emeritus from the University of Texas at Austin, joined us for one more lecture in 2018. It’s possible that more adaptions of Ben-Hur have appeared in the past thirty years than in the previous eighty. And their variety and geographic reach are without precedent in the […]


Adult Lecture Series: A Woman’s Ben-Hur: June Mathis

Dr. Thomas Slater of Indiana University of Pennsylvania spoke last night about June Mathis and her involvement with the 1925 silent film of Ben-Hur. Touching on her life and glass-ceiling-breaking career in Hollywood, Dr. Slater focused on Mathis’ script for Ben-Hur, which ultimately was not used.


‘The Sacred Circus’: Ben-Hur on the Stage and on the Rails

Dr. Howard Miller joined us from Austin, Texas, this week to deliver a presentation on the traveling Ben-Hur stage play developed by Klaw and Erlanger. He graciously allowed us to stream his talk on Facebook Live. We are reposting the video here on our blog. Unfortunately, the projector was a bit […]


Carol Wallace talk – Video

Lew Wallace’s great-great-granddaughter Carol visited Crawfordsville on September 8. She drew a record crowd for her discussion of Ben-Hur and growing up with the Wallace family legacy of writing. Carol graciously allowed us to broadcast her talk on Facebook Live, and we are posting the video here for future viewing. The […]


The Music of Ben-Hur

The majesty of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur has been captured in music a number of times over the years. The 1899 stage production of Ben-Hur had music composed for it by Edgar Stillman Kelley. Born in 1857, Kelley was an American but received much of his training in Germany. He incorporated non-Western influences […]