Archive for September, 2008

In an effort to keep our supporters better informed about news and events related to Douglas Fairbanks and the museum, we have just launched a new blog at Word Press. The address is http://DouglasFairbanks.wordpress.com.

This blog will replace the old virtual and print editions of the museum’s newsletter, so if you were on our mailing list before and wish to be notified of updates and new posts here, simply subscribe to our RSS feed.

The museum’s official website, our online galleries, and more information about the life and work of Douglas Fairbanks can be found at http://DouglasFairbanks.org.

There is much exciting news to report (or as Mr. Fairbanks would say, “great doings!”): the release of a new Fairbanks DVD box set this fall, a new book of photographs from University of California Press, published in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November, and finally, the much-anticipated grand reopening of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum (after a flood closed our doors for nearly two years) in May, 2009.

Keep an eye on this blog for regular updates on these and other exciting new developments in the months ahead. We’re very excited about opening to the public again next year, and our planned growth to include more exhibit and gallery space than we had before. Plus we’re adding more seats to our screening room and an improved library. More information will be announced as the big day approaches, so stay tuned.

Museums, archives, film societies, and festivals are encouraged to keep us informed of your upcoming Fairbanks film screenings, or other events! Please email press releases and announcements to us here.

We’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, and as one of the original founders back in 1998, I can only say what an amazing group of volunteers and supporters we’ve been fortunate to have this past decade. You folks got us off the ground, stood by us through the roughest of times, and shared our triumphs, too. Thank you all so kindly for your undying devotion to silent film and history, and most of all, for your appreciation of Mr. Fairbanks’ unique artistry.

Warmest Regards,


Keri Leigh

Curator, The Douglas Fairbanks Museum


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Many of our longtime local supporters and volunteers came out to celebrate our tenth anniversary over Labor Day weekend, gathering at the Oasis on Lake Travis just outside of Austin, Texas.

Despite the sweltering 100-degree heat, about 40 of our best friends showed up for an evening of music and dancing under the stars. The reception featured a brief speech from museum curator Keri Leigh, who told us stories of the museum’s early years and related a few humorous tales about last year’s flood that infested our building with mold and closed our doors. She excitedly spoke of the museum’s plans to reopen on May 23, 2009 (Douglas Fairbanks’ birthday) and proposed a toast for “good luck” on our next 10 years!

As we watched a lovely Texas sunset over the lake, everyone agreed it felt like a wonderful way to let go of the post-flood stresses and turn our focus forward to the future. Thanks to all of you who have continued to support silent film and this museum, we’re still here and plan to be for many more decades to come!


David E. Lawrence

Museum Volunteer/Blog Administrator

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