On October 5th, SAA-SC visited Wylie House, the home of Indiana University’s president, Andrew Wylie, and his family. The house was also later home to the family of Andrew’s cousin, Theophilus Wylie.
We started off in the Morton C. Bradley Jr. Education Center, where interim director Carey Beam told us a bit about her day-to-day tasks running a historic house museum. Carey then showed us letters written by Wylie family members and discussed the archival challenges of storing and preserving letters. We also had a chance to take a look at some of the wonderful Wylie family photographs, including pictures of the house and several generations of the family.
We then went next door to Wylie House for a tour. Our knowledgeable docent led us through the various rooms highlighting Wylie family artifacts, pointing out the interior design, and discussing life in 1840s Bloomington.
Our thanks to the Wylie House staff and volunteers for a wonderful and informative tour! And thanks to all of the students who came out on a Saturday morning despite the rain!