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The Lew Wallace Study and Museum

Crawfordsville, Indiana
September 21, 2022

The Lew Wallace Study & Museum faithfully preserves Major General General Wallace's personal memorabilia in the Study that he designed and built in 1895. Each year, the Museum presents educational and entertaining programs for all ages that demonstrate the qualities of leadership, ingenuity, exploration and character that General Wallace embodied throughout his life.

A Major General in the Union Army who led his troops in the decisive Civil War battles of Donelson, Shiloh, and Monocacy; a military judge in the trials of the Lincoln Conspirators and Commander Wirz of Andersonville Prison; ambassador to the Ottoman Empire; a brilliant author, orator, artist, inventor, and musician, General Wallace etched his place indelibly etched in the annals of American history.

Wallace was also the author of the 1880 book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, one of the best-selling novels of all times. In 1959 Ben-Hur was converted from a 1925 silent movie to a religious epic that won 11 Academy Awards. The 1959 movie, starring Charleton Heston, had the largest budget ($15.175 million), as well as the largest sets built, of any film produced at the time.

Ellen had arranged with the museum staff, whch was educational and entertaining. A wonderful surprise. Following the tour Tom, Ellen, and Jay enjoyed a meal at a local establishment that was recommended by the museum staff.

Thank you this nice surprise!

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