How did part of what's being called the largest collection of "Wizard of Oz" memorabilia end up heading to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport?
The answer: There's no place like (your summer) home.
"The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection" will be on display from June 12 to Sept. 25 next year in the Figge's Katz Gallery.
Included in the exhibit will be the most complete surviving costume (worn by the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin), one of Dorothy’s pinafores and blouses, examples of the many illustrated versions of L. Frank Baum's books and rare or one-of-a-kind posters from the various motion picture and stage productions.
It's just part of the estimated 100,000 pieces in the collection of Carroll and Wilhite, who share a home in Maine.
Wilhite's great-uncle, Al O'Hearn, worked for E.P. Adler, longtime former president of Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, which owns newspapers including the Quad-City Times. A native of Keswick, Iowa, Wilhite spent many summers in Davenport, according to Davenport film producer and consultant Doug Miller.
With Carroll, Wilhite co-founded Hyperion Pictures after work as head of movie and TV production at Walt Disney Studios, where he oversaw such films as "Splash" and the original "Tron." The Iowa State grad also spent two years in the late 1980s as the executive director of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
Figge executive director Tim Schiffer said he and his staff were excited about bringing the "Oz" exhibit to the museum.
"It's a chance for us to bring something to town that has great fascination for people," Schiffer said. "Parts of it are art — there's illustrations and books and posters and stuff — but it's also kind of the idea of it as this American cultural icon that makes it great for us."
It also has the possibilities of expanding the Figge's audience.
"It's an opportunity for us to broaden out and maybe get some people in the door who might not ordinarily come," he said.
The honors continue for Moline filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle.
Their "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" won the prize for best feature documentary at the Landlocked Film Festival in Iowa City.
"Seberg," about the controversial Marshalltown, Iowa, native turned actress, was one of six feature documentaries at the festival.
The Rundles, through their Fourth Wall Films, directed the movie with Garry McGee, author of two books on Seberg. Earlier this summer, "Seberg" was named as the top documentary by the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
A couple of Bettendorf authors have found themselves on the best-seller charts.
Amber Hunt and David Batcher's "Kennedy Wives" is No. 4 on Apple's iBooks best-seller list for biographies and memoirs. It's also No. 9 on the New York Times nonfiction list, combining print and e-book sales, and No. 3 on the NYT charts for nonfiction e-books alone.
Subtitled "Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family," the book was released in September. Hunt is a consumer advocate reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Batcher is based in the Twin Cities. He graduated from Bettendorf in 1994, she in '96.
When an act plays as often in the Quad-Cities as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it's news when it isn't on a holiday tour schedule.
That's the case this year, when TSO — which has played at the iWireless Center for 12 out of the past 13 years — won't be landing here for the holiday season.
iWireless Center executive director Scott Mullen said the arena is sticking with one holiday show this year, Mannheim Steamroller on Friday, Nov. 13.
For those wanting their TSO fix, the closest choices are Des Moines on Nov. 19 and Chicago on Dec. 28.
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