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Free Member Event: Hollywood in the Heartland

One of costume designer Edith Head's drawings from the film, "To Catch a Thief"

What do "Casablanca," "West Side Story" and "Citizen Kane" all have in common? They are among more than 15,000 motion pictures (and television shows) included in the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR), a cooperative program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Join the WCFTR, the Society and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries in Milwaukee on Thursday, February 21, for a pre-Oscars celebration of the history of film and theater. Enjoy complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a brief presentation by Hollywood researcher and writer Pat McGilligan — plus, get a special behind-the-scenes look at a variety of one-of-a-kind items from one of the world's largest archives related to the entertainment industry.

Hollywood Artifacts on Display

A few of the items on display will include:

  • Orson Welles' script for "Citizen Kane"
  • Costume designer Edith Head's drawings and photographs from "To Catch a Thief" (one of which is shown above)
  • A display of images of historic Milwaukee movie theaters and palaces from the 1910s and 1920s
  • Scripts, scores and photographs from "West Side Story"

Members Only Event, Reservations Required

This event is free and open to all Wisconsin Historical Society members, but space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, February 15. Not a member of the Society? Learn more about the benefits of membership or join now. Need to renew your membership? Renew now.

  • To RSVP, contact the membership office at 888-748-7479 or via email.
  • For more information about this special event and its Milwaukee venue, visit our calendar of events.

:: Posted February 7, 2013

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