Ben-Hur expert Dr. Howard Miller, professor emeritus from the University of Texas at Austin, will visit the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum on Thursday, April 24, to deliver a lecture on the 1925 silent Ben-Hur.
The 1925 cinematic adaptation of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur marked the end of two eras. MGM’s colossal production epitomized and culminated the tradition of spectacular silent epics. Additionally, the film came at the end of almost six decades in which Wallace’s “Tale of the Christ” was never far from the center of American religious life and popular culture. When MGM remade Ben-Hur in 1959, it would have to, in effect, re-introduce the General’s novel to America.
Help Grounds Manager Deb King prepare the Study grounds for spring! Jobs may include raking, picking up sticks, light construction projects.
Susan Sutton will discuss Indianapolis and World War I. Not only is 2018 is the centennial of the last year of World War I, but Lew Wallace’s two grandsons fought in the war. One grandson, William Noble “Tee” Wallace, lost his life in France just a few weeks before the end of the war. This lecture will bring Hoosiers’ roles in the war into focus.