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Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

Wade Center Offering Limited Appointments for Visitors

June 16, 2021

Due to changing COVID-19 guidelines set forth by Wheaton College, the Wade Center is able to offer limited appointments for visits to our museum or to research in the Kilby Reading Room.

The opportunity to schedule an appointment is available to asymptomatic visitors who currently reside in the United States and:

  • Are fully vaccinated (defined as ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID- 19 vaccine series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine)
  • Follow the guidelines outlined by the Chicago Emergency Travel Order, which is updated each week and may require quarantining or a negative COVID-19 test before visiting the Wade Center.

The Wade Center staff is happy to provide further clarification about these policies if needed. Those who meet the qualifications above must read our Wade Center COVID-19 Procedures, which include how to schedule an appointment.

Note to International Visitors and Researchers: We sincerely apologize that you are not yet allowed to visit the Wade Center; we look forward to welcoming you back once it is safe and permissible to do so. In the meantime, you may contact the Wade at with questions; review our Collection Listings for access to our catalog and material descriptions; or email the Wade Center if interested in hiring college-approved scholars to perform research for you.

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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Looking for the King, David Downing


Watch this fun and engaging discussion of Wade Co-director David C. Downing’s Inklings novel, Looking for the King, set in 1940 England. The Wade Center is selling signed copies of the book at a 10% discount off the retail price of $17.99. Contact the Wade to purchase your autographed copy today!

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Mark A. Noll

C.S. Lewis in America: Lessons for Today from the Early American Reception of C.S. Lewis’s Books

In the 2021-2022 Hansen Lectureship series, Dr. Mark Noll will be exploring the early American reception of C.S. Lewis in three lectures on the following 2022 dates: January 20, February 10, and March 17 at 7:00 p.m. CTContact the Wade Center to be added to our email list for news about these lectures and other upcoming events.

Crystal Downing, Subversive book launch


This latest book by Wade Co-director Crystal Downing explores Sayers's challenges to Christian complicity with culture, explaining how the former detective novelist often shocked people into seeing the truth of ancient doctrine in a new light. Contact the Wade to purchase your signed copy.

Watch the Book Launch Event

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