You continue to help WSM make noise about silent film and we are truly grateful! This coming Wednesday, June 23rd, you can do so again with a gift to WSM during Giving is Gorges, a day of supporting Tompkins County's wonderful nonprofits, many of which WSM happily collaborates with!
Choose from three projects to support, or support all three!
- Silent Movie Under the Stars is WSM's popular outdoor screening of a silent film at Taughannock Falls State Park. This year's event -- our 11th -- takes place on August 28th at Taughannock Falls State Park. WSM is excited to be showing a newly-restored Sherlock Holmes, produced in 1916. The screening is free and open to the public. Presenting Sponsor of Silent Movie Under the Stars is M&T Bank. Your gift helps us cover the production costs of the screening and its marketing.
- Race Films/Race Matters: Starting Conversations About Race is an engaging and informative digital film series produced in the beginning of 2021 under the banner of the Finger Lakes Film Trail which WSM launched in 2018 in partnership with the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, and Case Research Lab/Cayuga Museum in Auburn. The film series is focused on five important race films and features video lectures by different academics and historians, and is available to the public for free. To date, over twenty-five Zoom events based on the series have taken place across the country. Your gift helps us promote the series to schools, universities, libraries, museums, cultural centers, book groups, film societies,, and social action groups.
- Wharton Studio Desk Interpretive Signage -- WSM is creating a small sign for the beautiful Wharton Studio desk that lives in The History Center's library in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, and is used by visitors to the research library. The carved wooden desk, used as a prop in numerous Wharton brothers' films, was graciously loaned to WSM by Frank Howe and family -- Mr. Howe's grandmother bought the desk from the Wharton Studio in 1919 when it was closing down -- and we are looking forward to creating a sign that will sit atop the desk and let people know about its storied provenance. Your gift will cover the design, production, and installation costs of the signage, and also the glass covering that protects the table which, happily, is getting a lot of use in the library, just a few feet from WSM's permanent exhibit in the TCHC.
To donate visit https://whartonstudiomuseum.org/giving-is-gorges/