2016 Best of the West Award for “Best Movie Museum”

Letter received from True West Magazine:

On behalf of True West Magazine, it is my great pleasure to present the John Wayne Birthplace with this 2016 Best of the West Award for “Best Movie Museum!” Please accept our congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. Like True West, you are committed to keeping the spirit of the West alive and we’re proud to recognize you in front of our audience now exceeding 675,000.

— All the best, Greg Carroll

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Calling All Horses!

Plans are underway for an all-horse parade through the streets of  picturesque Winterset, Iowa in conjunction with the 2016 John Wayne Birthday Celebration on Saturday, May 28th. The parade will be designated as a salute to military veterans and law enforcement officers and will include horse drawn wagons and buggies, and draft and saddle horses. All equine organizations and enthusiasts are welcome to participate. For information contact Frank Santana at 520-241-6442 or e-mail at fsantana@aol.com.


Since John Wayne rode to movie fame atop a stagecoach, we are thrilled to welcome the celebrated Wells Fargo Stagecoach to our John Wayne Birthday Celebration Horse Parade on Saturday, May 28th.

Major “Quiet Man” Treasures To Be Displayed at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Fans of the beloved John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara film classic “The Quiet Man” will not want to miss the dedication of the iconic jaunting car (or sidecar) which appeared throughout the Academy Award-winning motion picture. The display is made possible through the generosity of Maureen’s grandson, Conor FitzSimons, who says his grandmother was determined that the John Wayne Birthplace was the ideal facility to exhibit this prized relic from her favorite film of all time. Another cherished family heirloom is Maureen’s Connemara shawl (pictured in photo montage) which appeared in the movie countless times and which was lovingly kept in her home for many years after. Please join us at the John Wayne Birthday Celebration for the unveiling of these outstanding treasures from Hollywood history.

Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation
Photos courtesy of Paddy McCormick, White O' Morn Foundation

Joseph Malham, author of John Ford: Poet in the Desert to speak at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum on Saturday, October 10, 2015

Press kit Joseph Malham

Joseph Malham, a Chicago based author and artist will speak at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum on Saturday, October 10 at noon. Malham is the author of John Ford: Poet in the Desert, an award winning biography of the legendary director whose life and Oscar-winning career is inextricably linked with John Wayne from 1927 to Ford’s death in 1973. Malham’s talk will focus on the mythic elements of Wayne’s westerns (especially his legendary collaborations with Ford) and how they helped to shape and inform American Mythology in the 20th Century. Copies of Malham’s book will be available for sale in the gift shop and he will be happy to sign all copies.