“Hollywood in the Heartland,” will open June 27, 2014, at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. The 6,400 square-foot exhibition shows how Iowa and Iowans have been portrayed on film, uncovers the beauty of Iowa’s historic theaters and their role in Iowa communities, and the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes. The exhibition will include distinct areas tracing Iowa’s stage and screen heritage from opera houses and Vaudeville performances to Iowa filmmaking today.
The exhibit will include numerous artifacts, including:
The Academy Award won by Iowa native Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress in “The Last Picture Show” (1971)
During opening weekend, Donna Reed’s Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “From Here to Eternity” (1953)
A 1933 copy of Phil Stong’s “State Fair” and a ticket from the 1945 World Premiere of “State Fair” in Des Moines.
A uniform from “The Music Man” in 1962
Props from “Cold Turkey” in 1971
A replica 1919 Chicago White Sox uniform from the “Field of Dreams” in 1989
And we have a bicycle used by Meryl Streep in “The Bridges of Madison County” in 1995
Personalities included in the exhibit will be novelist Oscar Micheaux, the Blank and Fridley families, and actors from across the state. Featured actors and actresses will include Leachman, Reed, John Wayne and Ashton Kutcher, among many others.
The exhibit will also look at the role of historic theatres in Iowa communities including Fort Madison, Charles City, Missouri Valley, Dubuque, Sioux City, Des Moines and other towns and cities.
The schedule of opening weekend programs follows can be found at www.iowahistory.org.