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. Included are awards, clothing, motorcycles, and much more. Garfield is also represented.
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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.

Rest in peace, James Byron Dean. May your legacy continue to grow. ❤️
09/30/2019

Rest in peace, James Byron Dean. May your legacy continue to grow. ❤️

Throwback: Martin Sheen remembers James Dean
09/30/2019
Throwback: Martin Sheen remembers James Dean

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!
09/29/2019

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...
09/29/2019

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!
09/29/2019

Keep dry with the stylish Museum poncho!

09/27/2019

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!
09/27/2019

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!
09/26/2019

Museum volunteers hard at work putting the stage together!

Join us for the James Dean Look-alike contest Saturday at 8 pm!
09/26/2019

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 t...
09/25/2019

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!
09/25/2019

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....
09/25/2019

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!

Groovy History
09/24/2019

Groovy History

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 ma...
09/23/2019

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

It’s almost festival time! We are ready for you!
09/23/2019

It’s almost festival time! We are ready for you!

09/21/2019
September 21, 1955On this day James Dean’s agent, Dick Clayton, received a $3,800 advance from Warner Bros. for Jimmy so...
09/21/2019

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.
09/20/2019
James Dean 44th Annual Festival Masterclass on the Method — Chad Kennerk

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

Come join us for all the fun!  Lots to see and do including the James Dean look alike contest, 50's dance contest, rock ...
09/14/2019

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

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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