Browse Exhibits (3 total)
This exhibit highlights the leadership of Andrew Wylie, Theophilus A. Wylie, and, by extension, Indiana University Bloomington between 1829 (Andrew Wylie’s first year as president of Indiana University) and 1895 (Theophilus Wylie’s death). It explores primary materials related to nineteenth-century publication, education, presidential addresses, public science, scholarly libraries, science and religion, student experiences, and the Civil War.
Theophilus and Rebecca Wylie moved into the Wylie House in the mid-nineteenth century, when households were transitioning from large-scale agriculture to small-scale leisure gardening, or floriculture. This exhibit showcases the June 2018 field school run by a team of Indiana University students and Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology staff to learn more about the Wylies’ garden “pits,” subterranean cold-frame greenhouses that insulated their flowers from harsh weather.
The Andrew Wylie and Theophilus Wylie families—five generations in all—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 five generations of Wylie family members and their connections to the Wylie House.