Fairmount Historical Museum

Fairmount Historical Museum The museum contains many artifacts relating to the town of Fairmount. In also features many items related to and once owned by James Dean and his family.
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Included are awards, clothing, motorcycles, and much more. Garfield is also represented.

Temporarily closed

08/25/2020
Danger: Death Is My Neighbor (1953, CBS)

August 25, 1953

On this day, Danger aired “Death is My Neighbor” starring JAMES DEAN, Betsy Palmer, and Walter Hampden. At first, James Dean is very discourteous to Walter Hampden who already has a long distinguished career, but is getting up in years and requires more time to learn his lines and blocking. It isn’t until Jimmy rehearses with Walter that he realizes what an amazing actor he is and from that point forward reveres him like a puppy his master. Variety bends over backwards praising Jimmy’s performance, a far cry from their critique of his performance in “Something For An Empty Briefcase.”

Watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuIILK3EdyQ

Danger is a television series which first aired on September 19, 1950, and ended in May 1955. This episode stars James Dean, Betsy Palmer, Walter Hampden, Fr...

08/17/2020
James Dean (Rarely Seen Footage) Sentence of Death

August 17, 1953

On this day, Westinghouse Studio One Summer Theater aired “Sentence of Death” starring Betsy Palmer, Gene Lyons, Ralph Dunn, and JAMES DEAN. Jimmy is not accorded credit in the opening titles, but his part is arguably the most important in the teleplay. It also may be the most sympathetic character he ever portrays. Off camera he forms an immediate bond with fellow Hoosier Betsy Palmer. A short week later they were paired together again for a different anthology series broadcast on the same network, “Death is My Neighbor.” This was an uncommon occurrence and one that probably has a lot to do with their stellar performances in this teleplay.
Watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbo9MFpb1R0&t=706s

Glamorous socialite Ellen Morrison witnesses a murder. Late for the police line-up, other witnesses identify the killer as Joe Palica (Dean). Morrison disagr...

We have just restocked Judy’s compact! 🐒Limited quantities available at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our ...
08/14/2020

We have just restocked Judy’s compact! 🐒

Limited quantities available at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonprofit museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of James Dean’s personal effects.

Have you always secretly wanted to be Judy in "Rebel Without a Cause?" Well, you might not be able to pull that off, but...
07/19/2020

Have you always secretly wanted to be Judy in "Rebel Without a Cause?" Well, you might not be able to pull that off, but you can at least own our own interpretation of her daisy compact from the movie. "Wanna see a monkey?"

Limited quantities available at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonprofit museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of James Dean’s personal effects.

Be a Rebel Without Covid! Snag a mask at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonprofit museum, which houses ...
07/19/2020

Be a Rebel Without Covid! Snag a mask at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonprofit museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of James Dean’s personal effects.

We have new shirts in stock! Get them now before they sell out at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonpro...
07/19/2020

We have new shirts in stock! Get them now before they sell out at jamesdeanartifacts.com. Please help support our nonprofit museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of James Dean’s personal effects.

06/26/2020

Unbeknownst to many, the Fairmount Historical Museum’s dedicated staff of volunteers are responsible for orchestrating The James Dean Festival every year, which includes the parade, carnival, James Dean Look-A-Like contests, dance contest, etc.

In the best interests of the health of our community and James Dean fans worldwide, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the James Dean Festival this year.

Please respect this decision and know that we plan on pulling out all the stops for the 2021 festival.

*The James Dean Run (car show at Playacres Park) is a separate organization and is still having their event.

Grant County Indiana Visitors Bureau
04/23/2020
Grant County Indiana Visitors Bureau

Grant County Indiana Visitors Bureau

Explore the Fairmount Historical Museum, now from the comfort of your own home. View authentic artifacts of hometown film star James Dean, Garfield cartoon creator Jim Davis, and more through this virtual tour! ✨

Click below to being your virtual tour. ⬇️

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Stay inside like Jimmy. ❤️
03/26/2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Stay inside like Jimmy. ❤️

03/19/2020
March 9, 1955On this day, “East of Eden” premiered at the Astor Theatre in a celebrity benefit for the Actors Studio.  M...
03/09/2020

March 9, 1955

On this day, “East of Eden” premiered at the Astor Theatre in a celebrity benefit for the Actors Studio. Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., Elia Kazan, John Steinbeck, Jack Warner, and others were in attendance. James Dean did not attend the premiere much to Jack Warner’s fury. It almost cost him the lead in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Several months later, on October 26, 1955, “Rebel Without a Cause” premiered at the Astor- just four weeks after Jimmy’s death. The Astor, no longer in existence, was located at 1537 Broadway, at West 45th Street in Times Square.

-Dennis Stock pics of James Dean with Eartha Kitt at the Astor Theatre.

March 7, 1955On this day, Life magazine published a photo essay on James Dean by photographer, Dennis Stock.  It coincid...
03/07/2020

March 7, 1955

On this day, Life magazine published a photo essay on James Dean by photographer, Dennis Stock. It coincided with the release of “East of Eden” and focused on the three locations where Jimmy spent most of his life: Fairmount, New York, and California. Its aim was to reveal the origins of the not-yet-famous actor and, in doing so, reveal the actor himself. It resulted in one of the most iconic photographs of Jimmy walking through a rainy Times Square. Six months later, Jimmy would be dead. It all seems strangely prophetic now.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

James Dean attended Fairmount High School’s Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, February 12, 1955 with photographer, Dennis Sto...
02/12/2020

James Dean attended Fairmount High School’s Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, February 12, 1955 with photographer, Dennis Stock.

Happy Birthday, James Byron Dean! ❤️
02/08/2020

Happy Birthday, James Byron Dean! ❤️

02/07/2020

The Museum will be open tomorrow, Feb. 8, in celebration of James Dean's Birthday! Come see the massive collection of Dean's personal belongings including two motorcycles.

Jordan wanted to spend her birthday with James Dean at the Fairmount Historical Museum. Happy Birthday, Jordan!
01/24/2020

Jordan wanted to spend her birthday with James Dean at the Fairmount Historical Museum. Happy Birthday, Jordan!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉(Roy Schatt pics from the 1954 New Year's Eve party at his NYC apartment.)
12/31/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉

(Roy Schatt pics from the 1954 New Year's Eve party at his NYC apartment.)

December 29, 1954On this day, one of the most recognizable sets of James Dean photographs, the “Torn Sweater” series was...
12/29/2019

December 29, 1954

On this day, one of the most recognizable sets of James Dean photographs, the “Torn Sweater” series was shot by Roy Schatt for LIFE magazine, and although they never ran in the magazine, they have become the best known and most popular shots of James Dean in the world. A colorized version was used on a U.S. postage stamp in 1996. These photos were taken in 1954, before "East of Eden," before anyone had any idea what kind of iconography would soon be associated with Jimmy’s visage. As Roy Schatt himself remarked, "…He clicked, I clicked, and the photos clicked. He now had quite a bit of photographic experience himself, and after a while I allowed him to direct some of the shots. It was all pretty heady. At one point he commented, ‘Don’t you think I look like Michelangelo’s David?’”

Merry Christmas!(Jimmy with Carroll Baker on the set of "Giant.")
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas!

(Jimmy with Carroll Baker on the set of "Giant.")

December 3, 1952On this day, “See the Jaguar” opened at the Cort Theatre in New York City starring Arthur Kennedy, Const...
12/03/2019

December 3, 1952

On this day, “See the Jaguar” opened at the Cort Theatre in New York City starring Arthur Kennedy, Constance Ford, and JAMES DEAN in his Broadway debut. The show would close after only 5 performances, but it made a name for Jimmy. Walter Kerr, the respected critic for the Herald Tribune, wrote, "James Dean adds an extraordinary performance in an almost impossible role."

Tis the season for great holiday gifts! Cozy up with the James Dean blanket!  Be a rebel in the  Red Rebel Jacket!  Visi...
11/24/2019

Tis the season for great holiday gifts! Cozy up with the James Dean blanket! Be a rebel in the Red Rebel Jacket! Visit jamesdeanartifacts.com

11/14/2019
James Dean and Natalie Wood Star in "I'm A Fool" (1954 TV Play)

November 14, 1954

On this day, General Electric Theater aired “I’m a Fool” starring Eddie Albert, JAMES DEAN, Natalie Wood, and Roy Glenn. This teleplay could be seen as a dry run for “Rebel Without a Cause” given the on-screen rapport between Jimmy and Natalie and their vulnerable and sincere performances. Future president Ronald Reagan who also starred with Jimmy in the “The Dark, Dark Hour” hosted it. The production has an almost surrealistic feel to it with its minimalistic sets and rear screen projection. It is safe to say that this is the closest we’ll come to seeing what it would have been like to see Jimmy perform live in a theater, for in essence, this is a filmed play.

Watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh88UJlTNvI

In "I'm a Fool", James Dean plays "The Boy" aka "Walter Mathers" alongside Eddie Albert's on-screen narration of the same character. Natalie Wood appears in ...

November 9, 1954On this day, Danger aired “Padlocks” starring Mildred Dunnock, JAMES DEAN, and David Hardison.  Jimmy is...
11/09/2019

November 9, 1954

On this day, Danger aired “Padlocks” starring Mildred Dunnock, JAMES DEAN, and David Hardison. Jimmy is at his surly best in this little half-hour drama. This is a prime example of one actor feeding off the other to deliver their best performances.

Watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apA8O7nJavA

Phil Sanchez
11/04/2019

Phil Sanchez

Today’s the day. Don’t miss our latest edition of Phil Finds Out. We traveled to Fairmount, Indiana to learn about Indiana native and Hollywood legend, James Dean. Fairmount, Indiana JamesDean Fairmount Historical Museum

Groovy History
10/29/2019

Groovy History

James Dean posing with a pig while visiting his uncle Marcus Winslow's farm in Fairmount, Indiana in 1955. (Photo by Dennis Stock) 🐷

Claire and her mom, Ariana, just paid us a visit from West Virginia. We had a lot of fun and laughs! #deaners
10/27/2019

Claire and her mom, Ariana, just paid us a visit from West Virginia. We had a lot of fun and laughs! #deaners

October 26, 1955On this date “Rebel Without a Cause” opened at the Astor Theatre in New York City, the same theatre wher...
10/26/2019

October 26, 1955

On this date “Rebel Without a Cause” opened at the Astor Theatre in New York City, the same theatre where “East of Eden” had premiered eight months earlier.

We were happy to meet Nigel Rawles and Genie Morrow from Spunik The Band. They wrote a James Dean song called “She’s Ali...
10/17/2019

We were happy to meet Nigel Rawles and Genie Morrow from Spunik The Band. They wrote a James Dean song called “She’s Alive” based off Jimmy’s performance in “East of Eden.”

Listen to it here: https://youtu.be/9zvEJOlAr9I

October 16, 1953On this day, Campbell Soundstage aired “Life Sentence” starring JAMES DEAN, Georgann Johnson, and Nichol...
10/16/2019

October 16, 1953

On this day, Campbell Soundstage aired “Life Sentence” starring JAMES DEAN, Georgann Johnson, and Nicholas Saunders. Only a seven-minute clip survives from this episode. Jimmy adeptly oscillates from sympathetic to psychotic in his role as an escaped convict.

10/14/2019
James Dean keep our Honor bright

October 14, 1953

On this day, Kraft Television Theatre aired “Keep Our Honor Bright” starring Michael Higgins, Joan Potter, and JAMES DEAN. This complex melodrama can easily be viewed as a thinly disguised metaphor for the McCarthy hearings. Jimmy only has two scenes but they are powerful ones and he is the lynchpin that the rest of the drama revolves around.

Watch it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imkwD0I5nAU&t=1501s

James Dean rare Tv Show

We were happy to host WISH-TV today at the Museum. Volunteer, Dorothy Schultz, was interviewed about James Dean and Jim ...
10/09/2019

We were happy to host WISH-TV today at the Museum. Volunteer, Dorothy Schultz, was interviewed about James Dean and Jim Davis. They also visited Marcus Winslow Jr. and the James Dean Gallery.

We had a large group visit from Fishers, IN today for an extensive tour of our James Dean exhibit. #hoosiers
10/07/2019

We had a large group visit from Fishers, IN today for an extensive tour of our James Dean exhibit. #hoosiers

These Garfield fans were thrilled to see our Jim Davis exhibit and to purchase these two trick or treat dolls just in ti...
10/07/2019

These Garfield fans were thrilled to see our Jim Davis exhibit and to purchase these two trick or treat dolls just in time for Halloween.

Address

203 E Washington St
Fairmount, IN
46928

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(765) 948-4555

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