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Gail Stephens on the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

On Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m. award-winning author Gail Stephens visited Crawfordsville to discuss the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln as part of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum’s ongoing Dr. Howard Miller Lecture Series. Lew Wallace and the Lincoln Assassination Lew Wallace was a member of the […]

Dr. Howard Miller discusses Victorian travelers and tourists

A World in Motion: Travelers and Tourists in Ben-Hur

On Thursday, September 12, Dr. Howard Miller returned to discuss “A World in Motion: Travelers and Tourists in Ben-Hur” on September 12, 2019. His talk was at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House Interpretive Center. Travelers and Tourists in Ben-Hur Throughout 2017 and 2018, Dr. Miller delivered a series of […]

Joan Hostetler gives an historic photo lecture to a group in the Carriage House

Dating and Preserving Historic Photos

Do you have a mystery photo in your family album? Or perhaps you have several mystery photos. This video might help you solve those mysteries. The Museum’s Dr. Howard Miller Lecture Series resumed Thursday, July 11 with “Dating and Preserving Historic Photographs.” Participants learned to interpret, date, and protect family […]

Dr. Howard Miller discusses Victorian travelers and tourists

Dr. Howard Miller: Victorian Travelers & Tourists

Dr. Howard Miller joined us on Thursday, May 2 to discuss Victorian travelers and tourists. What, if anything, is the difference between a “traveler” and a “tourist”? Between an “actual” and an “armchair” traveler or tourist? Dr. Miller explains all in his lecture. As it turns out, Lew and Sue […]

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 […]

A black and white photo of June Mathis, legendary Hollywood scenario-writer

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. Dr. Slater discussed June Mathis’ life and glass-ceiling-breaking career in Hollywood. In addition, he focused on Mathis’ script for Ben-Hur, which ultimately was not used. Dr. Slater […]

The 1959 Ben-Hur: A New Tradition Begins

MGM’s 1959 Ben-Hur has been called “the most honored film of all time.” The winner of an unprecedented eleven Academy Awards, director William Wyler’s epic won virtually every international “best picture” award, was seen by millions around the globe, and earned MGM tens of millions of dollars. On Thursday, July […]

The 1925 Ben-Hur: Epic End to an Era

The 1925 Ben-Hur cinematic adaptation 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 […]

sacred circus

‘The Sacred Circus’: Ben-Hur on the Stage & 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 “The ‘Sacred Circus’: Ben-Hur on the Stage and on the Rails” on Facebook Live. We are reposting the video here […]