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Wylie House Events 2014

For more information call 855-6224 or send us an e-mail at libwylie@indiana.edu.

Fall Speakers Series

Please join us at the Wylie House Museum for a series of local experts discussing 19th-century topics related to IU history, the state of Indiana, and domestic life. All of these talks are free and will be held at the Wylie House's Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center, located at 317 E. 2nd St.

Hoosier Pioneers

James H. Madison Friday, December 5, 3:00 pm

Professor James H. Madison, Department of History

Who are the people called Hoosiers? What are their stories? Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, they were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy. Down to the present, Hoosiers have remained wary of government power and have taken care to guard their tax dollars and their personal independence. Yet the people of Indiana have always accommodated change, exchanging log cabins and spinning wheels for railroads, cities, and factories in the 19th century, automobiles, suburbs, and foreign investment in the 20th. James H. Madison's sparkling new history [Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, 2014]] tells the stories of these Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people. (Indiana University Press; Retrieved September 7, 2014) We will learn more about Jim’s new book as he describes the early lives of Indiana Hoosiers.


Wylie House by Candlelight

Saturday, December 13, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Please join us for our annual holiday open house at 307 E. Second Street. We are looking forward to welcoming guests for a free evening of seasonal refreshments, live music, and games and crafts. Docents in period attire will be inviting visitors to experience the home by candlelight before visiting the education center next door for food and activities.

Wylie House with snow outside

Past Events

19th Century Homes as Work Spaces and Public Showcases

Wendy Gamber

Friday, September 19, 3:00 pm

Professor Wendy Gamber, Department of History

Nineteenth-century popular culture celebrated the virtues of home. Novels, short stories, advice books, lithographs, poems, and songs depicted the home as a refuge from the marketplace, a haven from a heartless world. Yet homes, even those inhabited by the prosperous middle classes, were workplaces that sheltered both paid and unpaid labor. They were, moreover, sites for public display. How did nineteenth-century Americans reconcile the contradictions between ideal homes and real homes?

Student Life at IU in the 1800s

Dina Kellams

Friday, October 3, 3:00 pm

Dina Kellams, IU Archives

Student life in the 19th century was vastly different from what today’s college students experience. What was Bloomington like when they finally – and it usually was “finally” – arrived? Who were these pioneers at Indiana? Where did they live? What were classes like and what did students do on their downtime? Join Dina Kellams from the University Archives for some insight on the Indiana student in the 19th century was vastly different from what today’s college students century.

IU's First Campus, From Seminary Square to Spanker's Branch

Terry ClapacsCarrie Schweier

Friday, October 17, 3:00 pm

Terry Clapacs, IU VP Emeritus

Carrie Schwier, IU Archives

In 1820, the newly-appointed trustees of then Indiana Seminary chose a site 1⁄4 mile south of Bloomington (today the site of Seminary Park) that was described as “...a beautiful eminence and convenient to an excellent spring of water.” Over the coming decades the population of the faculty and student body grew as did the campus infrastructure. However, a massive fire on the night of July 12, 1883 destroyed the main campus building Science Hall and prompted the Trustees to choose a new location for the rapidly growing campus. Dunn’s Woods, a 20 acre site just east of town became the original portion of campus that we know today as the Old Crescent. Carrie and Terry will describe the original campus including its buildings and grounds, and then trace the history of the University through the transition to the current University location.

The Legacy of Herman B Wells

James Capshew

Friday, October 31, 3:00 pm

Professor James Capshew, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

The Herman B Wells legacy is a capacious topic. He was the 11th president of Indiana University and considered to be one of the greatest leaders in higher education. After a few orienting remarks, this talk will delve into discussions of Wells’ role in acquiring the Wylie House, his ideas about the importance of university history, and his efforts to shape the campus physical plant into an esthetically pleasing and pedagogically potent environment.

Historic Grounds on Down, Historic Archaeology

April Sievert

Friday, November 14, 3:00 pm

Professor April Sievert, Director of Glenn Black Laboratory

Every historic house sits on a historic archaeological site. Sometimes archaeological deposits with great potential to inform on history, architecture, and past life-ways are overlooked because they are not immediately visible. Archaeologists can use tools such as maps and documents, as well as remote sensing, excavation, and material remains to greatly expand what we know about historic homes and their inhabitants. Join April, IU professor and Director of the Glenn Black Laboratory, as she shares with us her insights and passion related to archaeology and historic properties.

Music in the Parlor: Saturday Afternoon IU Student String Quartet Series

String Quartet playing in parlor October 4, October 25, and November 8, 3:00 pm.
Doors open at 2:30pm.

The Wylie House Museum is delighted to welcome back the Indiana University student string quartet chamber music fall series. The parlor-style living room of the home, much like the original settings for which chamber music was written, will serve as the venue for the chamber music performances.

Coached by the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, students will showcase their talents and virtuosity beyond the walls of the Jacobs School through their passion for chamber music. The performances will feature a variety of student string chamber ensembles coached by the Pacifica Quartet presenting a diverse selection of chamber music repertoire.

Early Music Parlor Concert

McCraw Class

Friday, April 18, 11:30am at the Wylie House Museum

Wylie House Museum will host students in Professor Michael McCraw's Classical Wind Chamber Music course for their final recital taking place in the home's parlor. Part of the IU Early Music Institute, this course includes students of the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and bass, and the recital will feature the works of Mozart and Beethoven. The concert is free and open to the public.

Heirloom Seed Sale

seed sale

Saturday, March 1, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center (the barn next door to the Wylie House Museum)

Our annual Seed Sale will be held on the main floor of the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wylie House heirloom seeds are grown on-site without the aid of chemicals, have been germination tested, and cost $2.00 per packet. Over 80 varieites of vegetables, herbs and flowers (see our Seeds for Purchase page) will be supplemented by approximately 50 additional varieties from Seed Savers Exchange (mostly heirloom tomatoes and peppers). Our seeds are always available for purchase during normal museum hours, but some varieties usually sell out during this one day sale.

Bloomington Water Color Society Exhibit

seed sale

Opening Saturday, March 1 and running through April, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center (the barn next door to the Wylie House Museum)

Concurrent with the opening of the museum for the 2014 season, as well as the annual heirloom seed sale, the Wylie House will be hosting the Bloomington Water Color Society's exhibit featuring paintings inspired by a visit to the museum last summer. Hours are extended on Saturday, March 1 until 4pm. The paintings will be displayed in the Education Center and will remain on exhibit through April. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the artwork during our regular open hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10m-2pm.

Quilt Show, March-April

Kelsey Quilt

Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8; Indiana Heritage Quilt Show Community Exhibit, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Wylie House Museum

A Quilt Show Open House (no guided tours) with extended hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held from March 6-8, 2014. The Open House runs concurrently with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show (held at the Bloomington Convention Center). A shuttle will be operating between several participating sites, including Wylie House Museum on Friday and Saturday only.
The Wylie House Quilt Show runs throughout the month of April and will feature quilts on loan from two friends of the Wylie House, Gayle Cook and Linda Kelsey. Gayle has been involved with the museum and its education center for many years. She is both a quilter and collector. A portion of her collection is held at her historic 1837 home, Cedar Farm, where the quilts are beautifully featured as part of the historic décor. Linda Kelsey has been a dedicated Wylie House quilting volunteer, helping to hand quilt beautiful reproduction quilts for display in the museum. We are excited to be able exhibit a few of her vibrant works of art this year as part of our exhibit.

Music in the Parlor: Saturday Afternoon IU Student String Quartet Series

seed sale

3:00pm, Saturdays April 19, 26, and May 3 - Doors open at 2:30pm.

The Wylie House Museum is delighted to host the Indiana University student string quartet chamber music spring series. The parlor-style living room of the home, much like the original settings for which chamber music was written, will serve as the venue for the chamber music performances.
Coached by the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, students will showcase their talents and virtuosity beyond the walls of the Jacobs School through their passion for chamber music. The performances will feature a variety of student string chamber ensembles coached by the Pacifica Quartet presenting a diverse selection of chamber music repertoire.

Early Music Parlor Concert

seed sale

Friday, December 6, from noon to 1:00

Wylie House Museum will host students in Professor Michael McCraw's Classical Wind Chamber Music course for their final recital taking place in the home's parlor. Part of the IU Early Music Institute, this course includes students of the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and bass, and the recital will feature the works of Mozart and Beethoven. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wylie House by Candlelight

seed sale

5:00-8:00pm, Saturday, December 7th

Please join us for this holiday open house. We are looking forward to welcoming guests for a free evening of seasonal refreshments, live music, and games and crafts. Docents in period attire will be inviting visitors to experience the home by candlelight before visiting the education center next door for food and activities.

Saturday Afternoon String Quartets in the Parlor

seed sale

3:00pm, Saturdays November 2nd and 16th

The Wylie House Museum has been added as a new venue for this fall’s Indiana University student string quartet chamber music series.  The parlor-style living room of the home, much like the original settings for which chamber music was written, will serve as the venue for the chamber music performances.

Coached by the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, students will showcase their talents and virtuosity beyond the walls of the Jacobs School through their passion for chamber music.  The performances will feature a variety of student string chamber ensembles coached by the Pacifica Quartet presenting a diverse selection of chamber music repertoire.

The quartet currently coaches 35 string chamber groups at the Jacobs School, many of which will perform in these community concerts. Among these groups will be the Wasmuth Quartet, formed last year at the Jacobs School, who won the silver medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May 2013 and made debut performances last spring at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany.

Heirloom Seed Sale

seed sale

Saturday, March 2, 2013

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center (the barn next door to the Wylie House Museum)

Our annual Seed Sale will be held on the main floor of the Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Wylie House heirloom seeds are grown on-site without the aid of chemicals, have been germination tested, and cost $2.00 per packet. The 72 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers (see our Seeds for Purchase page) will be supplemented by approximately 50 additional varieties from Seed Savers Exchange (mostly heirloom tomatoes and peppers). Our seeds are always available for purchase during normal museum hours, but some varieties usually sell out during this one day sale.

Quilt Show

quilt show

Thursday – Saturday, March 7-9, 2013

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Wylie House Museum

The Wylie House Quilt Show runs throughout the month of March.

An Open House with extended hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held from March 7-9, 2013. The Open House runs concurrently with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show (held at the Bloomington Convention Center). A shuttle will be operating between several participating sites, including Wylie House Museum on Friday and Saturday only.

Professor Michael’s Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 12:00 p.m. in the parlor of the Wylie House. Doors open at 11:30.

The Early Music Institute ensemble will be performing works for wind octet and bass from Mozart, Beethoven and Krommer.



Paul Kieffer Lute Recital

Paul Kieffer

Saturday, April 7, 2012 4 p.m. in the parlor of Wylie House. Doors open at 3:30

Paul Kieffer, a student of Nigel North at the school of music, will perform a recital of 16th century music for the Renaissance lute.



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