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.
Of course we already knew that here in Winterset, but it has been confirmed again by the latest Harris Poll. Read all about it here:
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.
First here during the summer of 2014, internet personality Bill Clevlen is drawn back to Winterset—“one of the best representations for the phrase ‘small town USA.’” He talks about visiting the newly-opened John Wayne Birthplace Museum and other delightful features of this Midwestern gem. Click here to read.
The Wall Street Journal reporter Edward Rothstein visited Winterset, Iowa during the recent Grand Opening for the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum. He talks about the event, the area, and the continuing phenomenon of Duke’s lasting appeal.