New Education Center
Morton C. Bradley, Jr., great-grandson of Theophilus and Rebecca Wylie, had a great fondness for IU and the Wylie House even though he lived his entire life in Arlington, Massachusetts. His mother, Marie Boisen Bradley, grew up in Wylie House and his grandmother, Louisa Wylie Boisen, had lived here with her parents for most of her adult life.
When he died in September 2004, Mr. Bradley left his entire estate to IU, naming the Wylie House as one of three IU beneficiaries. Through this generous bequest Wylie House acquired many family heirlooms including furniture, textiles, glassware and china, photographs, and many hundreds of family letters. The monetary portion of the bequest made it possible to seriously think about building a much needed Education Center for the Museum. Thanks to his substantial gift plus other donations received during a 5-year fundraising campaign, the project became a reality. Neidigh Construction and Kirkwood Design Studio, two local firms, were awarded the bid in Spring 2009. A Monroe County barn built in the 1860s was dismantled, reassembled in town near the museum, and refitted to serve as offices and educational space. The building was occupied in late October 2010, and has been named the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center. The walk-out basement has an office and storage rooms that will support our heirloom gardening program. Staff offices are located on the top floor, and the main level is the public space where we will host special exhibits, workshops, and other programs. Watch our website calendar for scheduled events and exhibits.
To learn more about Mr. Bradley's work as a sculptor and art conservator, go to http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/online_modules/bradley/index.html.