Have you ever wondered what Lew Wallace kept in his basement or how he kept his study cool in the summer months? On May 14 you can find out the answers to these questions and so many more during a Behind the Scenes Tour at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. The tour will take visitors through rarely seen areas of the Study, including the basement and Carriage House collection storage vault, and will focus on how Lew Wallace designed the building and used it from 1898 until his death in 1905 as well as how the museum cares for the artifacts in its collection.
Wallace wanted the newest technology for his private sanctuary, including 100 electric light bulbs and a gas-lit fireplace that was used for aesthetic purposes only. The Study had its own water collection system that was used for indoor plumbing in the basement restroom. Wallace also added a kitchen, wine cellar, coal furnace and a fountain to complete his building.
The cost of the tour is $5 for adults, $1 for students and free for members of the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society. Space is limited so please RSVP to (765)362-5769 or [email protected] For questions about the event, please contact Amanda McGuire, [email protected]