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The Call and Response: Creative Interpretations of the 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. Initially a phsyical exhibition in early 2020, this digital component features the individual artists and links to a virtual tour of the original exhibition in the historic home.
One of the Wylie House’s more notable and surprising archival collections consists of letters to Louise Bradley, great-granddaughter of Theophilus A. Wylie, from Elizabeth Bishop, Pulitzer Prize winner and one-time Poet Laureate. These letters, which span 25 years, paint a unique picture of Bishop’s development from precocious adolescent to accomplished writer and preserve a friendship that played an important role in both women’s lives.
Phi Beta Kappa, the first Greek letter society in the United States, was established at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Over the next century, fraternal organizations gained national prominence and soon became a collegiate tradition. Several chapters of both men’s and women’s Greek letter societies originated at Indiana University, and many members of the Wylie family played a significant role in their creation and perpetuation.
If anyone recognizes Louise Bradley’s name today, it is probably due not to her own talent as a writer, but to her connection with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop. This great-granddaughter of Theophilus and Rebecca Wylie had a creative life of her own, however, and the diary she kept in the early 1930s sheds light on her writing, her time in college and after graduation, and her career as a research worker during the Great Depression and World War II.
The Andrew Wylie and Theophilus Wylie families occupied the Wylie House for nearly eight decades, from 1835 until 1913. In 1912, the family gathered at the Wylie House for one final visit to celebrate the 100th birthday of Theophilus Wylie’s wife, Rebecca. Click on the photographs in this exhibit to learn more about these several generations of Wylie family members and their connections to the Wylie House.