Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
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. Included are awards, clothing, motorcycles, and much more. Garfield is also represented.
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
James Dean attended Fairmount High School’s Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, February 12, 1955 with photographer, Dennis Stock.
Happy Birthday, James Byron Dean! ❤️
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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉
(Roy Schatt pics from the 1954 New Year's Eve party at his NYC apartment.)
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?’”
(Jimmy with Carroll Baker on the set of "Giant.")
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! Visit jamesdeanartifacts.com
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:
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 11, 1953
On this day, Kraft Television Theatre aired “A Long Time Till Dawn” starring JAMES DEAN, Naomi Riordan, Robert Simon, and Ted Osborn. This teleplay was written by the great Rod Serling.
Watch it here:
James Dean a Long Time Till Dawn 11.11.1953
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:
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
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
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 Alive” based off Jimmy’s performance in “East of Eden.”
Listen to it here: https://youtu.be/9zvEJOlAr9I
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.
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:
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 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
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.
Rest in peace, James Byron Dean. May your legacy continue to grow. ❤️
Throwback: Martin Sheen remembers James Dean
A celebration of James Dean’s life will take place this weekend in his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. It will be the 44th consecutive year for the Remembering James Dean Festival.
For those inquiring, we’ve SOLD OUT of our new 130 shirts. We will have more in stock soon!
These two couples attended all three free screenings of “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” and “Giant.” A good and rebellious time was had by all!
Keep dry with the stylish Museum poncho!
Free showing of “East Of Eden” at 4 pm at the Municipal Building, 214 E Washington St.
It’s a beautiful day in Fairmount! Come join the fun! Car show is filling up!
Museum volunteers hard at work putting the stage together!
Join us for the James Dean Look-alike contest Saturday at 8 pm!
New shirt available at the Museum! This cool shirt has a distressed print, sleeve stripe and is authentic lettering to James Dean’s car!
New and improved movie experience! Come join us!
Don't forget the 50's Dance Contest Saturday, Sept 28 at 6 pm! Come register starting at 5 pm at the Main Street Stage. Cash prizes provided by the American Legion!
Sid Avery's photo of James Dean on set of "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) 📷
Join other fans from around the world for FREE screenings of James Dean's movies during the festival!!! We have made major upgrades to the experience including a 1080 HD projector, a surround sound system and a 100" 16:9 widescreen.
The schedule is as follows:
"East of Eden" Friday, Sept 27, 4 pm
"Rebel Without A Cause" Saturday, Sept 28, 4 pm
"Giant" Sunday Sept 29, 1 pm
All movies will be shown in the Municipal Building 214 W. Washington Street, Fairmount
James Dean Festival Masterclass
It’s almost festival time! We are ready for you!
September 21, 1955
On this day James Dean’s agent, Dick Clayton, received a $3,800 advance from Warner Bros. for Jimmy so he could trade in his Speedster along with the cash to purchase the new $6,800 Porsche 550 Spyder at Competition Motors. Jimmy went over to Competition Motors and Johnny von Neumann handed over the keys.
Don't miss this amazing opportunity.
Discover authentic techniques on Method Acting and the Stanislavski System… The Fairmount Historical Museum presents: An Actor Prepares: A Masterclass on the Method Have you ever wondered what method acting training is like? Whether you’re an actor, creative mind, or just curious about
Check out this exciting development co-sponsored by the Fairmount HIstorical Museum!
JAMES DEAN VISUAL TOUR ”Jimmy Dean Was Here” In the hope of educating and inspiring both residents and visitors to Fairmount, Indiana for years to come, biographer and author Lee Raskin is p…
Come join us for all the fun! Lots to see and do including the James Dean look alike contest, 50's dance contest, rock lasso contest, great bands and massive classic car show! More details at www.jamesdeanartifacts.com
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