Summer at the Wylie House

We are looking forward to welcoming summer and introducing the community to all that’s growing at Wylie House  (including our new Seed Library Program!) at our summer open house on Saturday, June 11th, from 10am-2pm. We’ll have free music, tours, seed-saving activities, lemonade, and old fashioned toys and games. Mark your calendars and stop by!

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Summer is always a delight here at the museum, thanks to the hard work and vision of our Outdoor Interpreter, Sherry Wise. She has been cultivating and beautifying the grounds with heirloom plants for 15 years now! She has literally grown the property and its gardens into what it is today. Visitors come to enjoy the gardens, learn about heirloom varieties, and purchase or check out our heirloom seeds. We are so appreciative of her work. We hope you’ll come see what she’s growing this year.

Thank you, Sherry!

Sherry 15 years with cake.May 2016
Sherry Wise, Outdoor Interpreter, celebrating 15 years at the museum!
Sherry 15 years group.May 2016
Museum volunteers celebrating Sherry.

 

In addition to welcoming summer here at the museum, we are pleased to welcome a new addition to our collection. We acquired Andrew and Margaret Wylie’s beautiful cherry bed from the Wylie family last fall. It has been lovingly cared for and used by various family members through all these years. Before we placed it in the house, we had Greg Ziesemer of Antiquity Furniture Restoration do a little work on it to make it museum-ready. It now rests on the second floor, adorned by a beautiful quilt made by our volunteer quilters. Welcome home, Wylie bed!

 

Andrew and Margaret Wylie bed.May 2016
Andrew and Margaret Wylie Bed

Fantastic and Fun! Film and Fowler Follow-up

As many of you are aware, Wylie House recently sponsored the screening of the documentary, Seeds of Time, at I.U. Cinema, as well as Dr. Cary Fowler’s visit to campus. It was a wonderful success, made a significant educational impact, and was great fun too! View highlights of the film and visit here! And mark your calendars for WFIU’s interview with Dr. Fowler on their Profiles segment: airing May 15th at 6:00 p.m.

If you didn’t make it to the screening on campus, you can still find Seeds of Time on Netflix. The film follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time to protect the future of our food by building the world’s first global seed vault, deep inside an arctic mountain in Norway. The Svalbard Seed Bank stores copies of seeds from seed banks across the world, providing an unprecedented insurance policy for global crop diversity. This is particularly critical to our future as climate change accelerates and world agriculture is in danger.

Wylie House was honored to host Cary Fowler during his time here in Bloomington. While here, Dr. Fowler visited Wylie House, Bloomington’s Community Orchard as well as multiple I.U. classes and student/faculty discussions with Hutton Honors College, Wells Scholars, Sustainability Scholars and the Ostrom Workshop. The highlight for us, of course, was his visit to Wylie House’s Heirloom Seed-Saving Program and our newly launched Seed Library Program. Plant health, seed-saving, and genetic diversity are important to our interpretation efforts here at the museum, and it is our mission to provide education and unique learning opportunities to I.U. students and local community members.  We are especially excited about our new Seed Library which provides opportunities to “check out” a seed packet, grow the plants, and harvest seeds to be returned to us in the fall.  Don’t worry – directions and tips are provided! Please visit us or contact us to learn more.

We are confident that the film and Dr. Fowler’s visit provided both inspiration and avenues for productive and meaningful discussion related to the importance of genetic crop diversity, climate change concerns, and global sustainability. The film was sold out and we were thrilled by the audience’s enthusiasm and support. Our campus and local communities are certainly making positive efforts to do their part as we face global climate change!

Wylie House could not have enjoyed the fruits of this effort without the support of I.U. Libraries and the following partners: IU Cinema, IU departments of Public Health, Biology, Human Biology, Anthropolgy, the Integrated Program of the Environment, the Food Institute, Hilltop Campus Gardens, the Office of Sustainability, the Ostrom Workshop, Hutton Honors College, Wells Scholars Program, Bloomington Community/IU Orchard Program, WFIU, Farm Bloomington, and Lennie’s Restaurant.