The Missing Chapter

WSM and Cherry Arts to Receive 2019 Preservation Award!

  On Thursday, May 16th, WSM and its producing partner The Cherry Arts will receive a Preservation Award from Historic Ithaca at its annual Preservation Awards event at La Tourelle. In 2018, WSM and The Cherry created The Missing Chapter, an original headphone walking-play based on the Wharton Studio’s popular 1916 serial

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Finger Lakes Film Trail has officially launched — Rochester, Ithaca, and Auburn!

On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, WSM went on the road to the George Eastman Museum in Rochester to celebrate the Finger Lakes Film Trail, a new collaboration developed by Wharton Studio Museum, in partnership with Eastman Museum, and Case Research Laboratory & Cayuga Museum in Auburn.  This inter-county initiative highlights

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<i>Silents Roar! Film Festival 2019</i> was a success! And the winners are…

  Congratulations to all the filmmakers in Silents Roar! Film Festival on April 20th, 2019 at the Roy H. Park Auditorium at Ithaca College!  What a fun night — the culmination of much hard work and creativity from high school students from all over the region. Fifteen short, black &

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Wharton Brothers

Wharton Studio Book Coming Soon!

  Silent Serial Sensations: The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema, the first book-length study of Ted and Leo Wharton and their extraordinary film careers, is in production by Cornell University Press, for early 2020 release. Author/historian Barbara Tepa Lupack covers the Whartons’ early years, from their experiences on

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Take a peek at our new Resources page

WSM’s building a Resources page to provide some information to keep you on  top of the world of silent film. You’ll find it under Events and Exhibits, or click here.

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Finger Lakes Film Trail

Finger Lakes Film Trail Coming Soon!

  WSM is thrilled to announce the launch of the Finger Lakes Film Trail (FLFT), a fresh opportunity to discover the history and culture of New York State through some of its greatest innovations, by highlighting three of the most significant destinations associated with the burgeoning movie industry: Eastman Museum in Rochester, Case Research Laboratory

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WSM to install exhibit in new Tompkins Center for History & Culture opening in downtown Ithaca Spring ’19

  WSM, a partner in the new Tompkins Center for History & Culture (TCHC) on the Commons, is excited to be working with our design team to create and produce an exhibit on Ithaca’s silent movie history to be installed in the TCHC by its opening in April 2019.

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NY State Senator Tom O’Mara announces grant funding

  On October 18th, 2018, NY State Senator Tom O’Mara announced grant funding to Wharton Studio Museum and Friends of Stewart Park and presented WSM Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman and FSP Executive Director Rick Manning with a check for $450,000 for the Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor

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October is Silent Movie Month

October is Silent Movie Month!

  A month-long celebration of silent film and Ithaca’s role in early movie making history, October 2018 is shaping up to be WSM’s best Silent Movie Month yet!  

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Wharton Studio Museum

WSM and Wharton Studio history were recently featured in the Ithaca Times (8/15/18 issue)

WSM and Wharton Studio history were recently featured in the Ithaca Times (8/15/18 issue): Ithaca’s Cinematic Past: Ithaca spots that were seen, not heard, in film

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