Iowa Quilt Museum to Open in Winterset

A dedicated group of local civic boosters have been working to add a third museum to Winterset. In addition to the Madison County Historical Complex and the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, the Iowa Quilt Museum (just around the corner) is set to open in May 2016 just in time for the annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration.

Culturally, the gallery will promote the understanding of quilting history in America as well as an appreciation of quilt styles specific to the Midwest. The museum will also provide quilt enthusiasts opportunities to learn more about what many historians consider America’s premier folk art.

“The Iowa Quilt Museum promises to be an aesthetically beautiful and culturally valuable institution, not just for Madison County but for all Iowans as well as visitors from the world over who find their way to the heart of the Midwest,” says founding member and renowned quilter Marianne Fons.

For more information visit www.iowaquiltmuseum.org.

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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