The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum is still seeking nominations for the 2017 Lew Wallace Cultural Betterment Award. This annual award, presented jointly by the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum and Crawfordsville Masonic Lodge #50, is an annual recognition of an individual who personifies the creative and cultural attributes of Lew Wallace.
Although Wallace is best known as the author of Ben-Hur : A Tale of the Christ and as a Civil War general, he was also very much a Renaissance man--musician, artist, Freemason, inventor, and orator. Sought after as a speaker, a political figure, and a creative problem-solver, Wallace had wide-ranging talents.
Present-day citizens of our community demonstrate similar qualities and are using them to enhance the cultural atmosphere of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. This award seeks to honor those who embody Wallace's legacy today. The award is in its fourth year; previous honorees are Nancy Seaman, Helen Hudson, and Karen Patton.
The award winner will receive a personal memento and will have his or her name added to a perpetual plaque that is on display at the Masonic Lodge #50.
Nomination forms are available at Carriage House at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. They may also be downloaded in PDF form at this link: The deadline for nominations is Tuesdayby 5 p.m. Completed nomination forms may be mailed to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, PO Box 662, Crawfordsville IN 47933; emailed to; or dropped off at the Carriage House.
On Saturday, May 6, the award recipient will be honored at a banquet co-hosted by Crawfordsville Masonic Lodge #50 and the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum at the Masonic Temple. It will be catered by The Juniper Spoon.
For reservations and additional information, contact the Museum's Associate Director Amanda McGuire at (765) 362-5769 or