In Memory of Carolyn Farr

The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum lost a dear friend on June 5th, 2021. Carolyn Farr was for many years the voice and the face of the Birthplace. She was a friend to all of us, and anybody who visited the Museum most likely met Carolyn. She touched so many, and we will miss her so much. God bless you, Carolyn…and tell Duke hi.

A Visit from Red Steagall

Singer, songwriter and celebrated western performer Red Steagall returned to Winterset on November 8th to tape an episode of his award-winning RFD-TV series, Somewhere West of Wall Street.  Steagall was the musical headliner at last spring’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration and afterwards accepted an invitation to feature the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum on his popular cable television show.

While Madison County, Iowa is somewhat east of his usual Great Plains and Rocky Mountains territory, Steagall acknowledged that, since his show features museums that perpetuate the heritage of the American West, the John Wayne Birthplace was a perfect fit. “Small town America is where it happens,” said Steagall. “All types of characters grow up in small towns.”

The John Wayne Birthplace episode of Steagall’s show aired recently to help publicize the 2019 John Wayne Birthday Celebration saluting the 50th anniversary of Wayne’s Academy Award-winning performance in “True Grit.”

Singer, songwriter and celebrated western performer Red Steagall returned to Winterset on November 8th to tape an episode of his award-winning RFD-TV series, Somewhere West of Wall Street.  Steagall was the musical headliner at last spring’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration and afterwards accepted an invitation to feature the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum on his popular cable television show.

While Madison County, Iowa is somewhat east of his usual Great Plains and Rocky Mountains territory, Steagall acknowledged that, since his show features museums that perpetuate the heritage of the American West, the John Wayne Birthplace was a perfect fit. “Small town America is where it happens,” said Steagall. “All types of characters grow up in small towns.”

The John Wayne Birthplace episode of Steagall’s show aired recently to help publicize the 2019 John Wayne Birthday Celebration saluting the 50th anniversary of Wayne’s Academy Award-winning performance in “True Grit.”

John Wayne Birthplace Museum Honored by True West Magazine

News Release
True West Magazine
Editor: Stuart Rosebrook

Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi).  But True West magazine says the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, is one of the best.

In fact, the museum is #10 in True West’s Top 10 Western Museums of 2019.  

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West took top honors.

The entire list of best museums is in True West’s September 2019 issue, on newsstands now. 

“They don’t come any more Westerns iconic than John Wayne,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “And the birthplace museum is a rare place that focuses on the man, his legend and his life. It’s truly deserving of recognition as one of the top Western museums.”

Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.  

Moulton says, “For the Duke’s birthday celebration this year the museum highlighted the 50th anniversary of his Academy Award-winning performance in True Grit. The museum has a collection of memorabilia from the actor’s film career.”

The museum feature lists other institutions of note—including regional standouts—and the “Best Western Art Museums,” led by the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

True West magazine is in its 66th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For more information, visit TWMag.com or call 888-687-1881.

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum Earns a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award

We are proud to announce we have received a Hall of Fame award from TripAdvisor®. Only businesses that have received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor for five consecutive years qualify for the Hall of Fame award. To receive each annual Certificate of Excellence, a business must earn consistently great user reviews. The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum has received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor each year since 2014.

We are pleased our visitors have enjoyed our Birthplace & Museum enough to rate us so highly. We will continue to strive for excellence and to bring the delightful experience all our visitors to the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum deserve.

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