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Take an Ithaca Silent Film Tour!

WSM has created a Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour. This self-guided tour takes you to a number of Ithaca’s silent movie history locations, beginning with the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park and on to Cornell University’s campus and then on to Upper Treman! It’s fun and informative! WSM

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Wharton Studio Building Planning & Design Study to be reviewed by City of Ithaca

Re-Envisioning the Wharton Studio Building: Transforming an Ithaca Landmark, WSM’s recently completed planning & design study for developing the Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park will begin review by the City of Ithaca this spring.  The study proposes a new vision and program —  through text, renderings and drawings, an implementation

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Winner of 2018 Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Wharton Studio Museum is super-excited that The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca and Silent Film Style, the exhibit on which we collaborated with Cornell Costume and Textile Collection in 2016, has received the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America!

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WSM’s Executive Director Receives Award

WSM’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman received an award from The History Center (THC) on March 1, 2018 at its annual Celebrating History Awards Gala. Riesman was recognized for being “a tireless advocate for Ithaca’s silent film era.”

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WSM presents Wharton Studio history at National Arts Club in NYC in March!

Ithaca’s Wharton, Inc. Studio makes its big city debut this coming March when WSM Executive Director Diana Riesman goes to the National Arts Club in NYC to give a presentation about early filmmaking in Upstate New York.  Romance, Exploits & Peril: Inside the Wharton Studio in Ithaca, NY will include Wharton Studio history, as

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WSM and the Cherry Arts Team Up!

January 16, 2018   WSM is thrilled to be partnering with The Cherry Arts to produce a theatre piece in the vein of The Cherry’s Storm Country which premiered in 2016!  Inspired by the Wharton Studio era, the new audio play will be set against the backdrop of Wharton, Inc. and its bustling film production studio in

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WSM to have home in new Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Commons in ’19!

WSM is excited to be a partner in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, a new exhibit-based history and culture destination in downtown Ithaca. On June 6th, 2017, the Tompkins County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the Tompkins Trust Co. building as a home for The

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Wharton, Inc. Studio History Featured in Southern Tier Welcome Center on I-81

Ithaca’s movie history is featured in the new Southern Tier Welcome Center in Kirkwood on Interstate 81 which officially re-opened in early October 2017  after a large-scale renovation! Over the summer, WSM was contacted about contributing to the welcome center’s Artifacts Wall and submitted a framed black and white still photograph of the Wharton Studio, as well as

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WSM receives Legacy Foundation grant for new project with Cherry Arts!

Wharton Studio Museum —  in partnership with the Cherry Arts —  is the thrilled recipient of a grant from Legacy Foundation to develop and produce a new audio walking play set during the heyday of the Wharton, Inc. movie studio and using scenic and historic Stewart Park as its backdrop. The “headphone play” is

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Silent Movie under the stars

Our 7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars is coming up in late August! Stay tuned for details! Last year’s screening of Tess of the Storm Country (1922) attracted our biggest audience to date to Taughannock Falls State Park.  We look forward to a wonderful evening of silent film and live

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