Wylie House Exhibits

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Artists in the Museum

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The Call and Response: Creative Interpretations of Wylie House exhibition is an artistic extension of the Wylie House Museum’s commitment to share the lesser-known histories of people associated with the 1835 Indiana home.  Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council at Indiana University, Call and Response is part of Indiana Remixed, the Council's program celebrating the arts and ideas that shape Indiana today.  Eight professional Indiana artists created new pieces for this exhibition, which opened on March 5, 2020.

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Communicating Scholarship in the Nineteenth Century

In the nineteenth century, university faculty published in ways quite different from modern professors.  Rather than disseminating their work in scholarly journals, they used several different media available at the time. This was true for Theophilus Wylie. He published in newspapers and popular periodicals. These items represent the ways in which T. A. Wylie disseminated his scholarship during his tenure at Indiana University.


Education in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges

Universities were undergoing transition in the 19th century.  These items demonstrate some ways that two early Indiana University presidents, Andrew and Theophilus Wylie managed these changes.

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Elizabeth Bishop & Louise Bradley Correspondence

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Of the many archival resources associated with the Wylie House, one of the more notable and surprising collections is made up of letters between Louise Bradley, great-granddaughter of Theophilus A. Wylie, and Elizabeth Bishop, notable American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, and one-time Poet Laureate.  The two shared a close friendship, as illustrated by nearly 25 years of correspondence between them, from 1925 to 1950.  These letters paint a unique picture of Bishop's development from precocious but unhappy adolescent to accomplished writer, and preserve a friendship that played an important role in both women's lives.


Elizabeth Breckenridge

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What was life like for Elizabeth Breckenridge (1843-1910), an African-American woman who spent most of her life living with and working as a domestic servant for the Wylie family? She was known as "Lizzie." Pulling from a variety of primary sources, this exhibit pieces together her life experience in the second half of the 19th century in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Indiana University Bicentennial: Heritage Archaeology at the Wylie House Museum

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Bad weather and flowers never seem to mix, and the Wylie Family seemed to agree. Their solution for this issue was to build two garden "pits". These pits were subterranean cold-frame greenhouses that insulated their flowers from the cold and other harsh weather. Theophilus Wylie and his family lived in the home from 1859-1913. They acquired five of the twenty-acre property that had been farmed by the family of Theophilus’cousin, Indiana University's first President Andrew Wylie. Theophilus and his wife Rebecca acquired the home at a time in American history when a transition from large scale agriculture to small scale leisure gardening, or…

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Presidential Addresses

An important part of being a university President is giving addresses.  Here are some examples of the speeches both Andrew and Theophilus Wylie gave to students and other members of the public while they were serving as president of Indiana University.

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Public Science in Nineteenth-Century America

Scientists in the 19th century engaged non-professionals in their research.  This exhibit shows ways that faculty at Indiana University reflected that trend and involved the public in their scientific work.


Scholarly Libraries

Libraries in the nineteenth century served very particular puposes.  This exhibit helps to show how universities and faculty members used libraries in the nineteenth century.


Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century

The boundaries between science and religion were less well defined in the 19th century. This exhibit shows how T. A. Wylie thought about controversial issues like evolution.