Wallace family

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 […]

Samuel K. Hoshour and Lew Wallace

Sometimes an educator is remembered less for their accomplishments than for the history made by their students. Such is the case with Samuel K. Hoshour. In 1840, when Lew Wallace was 13 years old his father, David, once again sought to impress the importance of an education on his son. […]

Samuel K Hoshour portrait

The Wallaces and Indiana’s Governor’s Mansions 1

While there have been six official residences for Indiana’s chief executive, only five have been occupied by a Hoosier Governor and the first two in Indianapolis had a checkered history. Indiana’s first official Governor’s Residence was located in Corydon, the first state capital. This home stood on a small rise […]

The Wallaces and the Canbys

Off Wabash Avenue on the east side of Crawfordsville is Canby Avenue. It is one of the few local reminders of E.R.S. Canby, a local boy, friend of Lew Wallace, and one of Crawfordsville’s five Civil War generals. The Canby family settled in Crawfordsville in the 1830s and lived in […]

Louisa Hawkins Canby