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Hoosiers in Hollywood

In Hoosiers in Hollywood, author David L. Smith (above left) examines contributions to the motion picture industry by Indiana natives as well as people who spent much of their formative years in the state. Those contributions began with the invention of the first motion picture projector, continued through the silent era and the advent of sound, and represent an important presence in the industry today.

The book accompanied an exhibition by the same name organized by the Indiana Historical Society at its Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis. Exhibit visitors could place themselves in the shoes of a rising star—like Indiana’s Steve McQueen, pictured at right with wife Neile Adams McQueen—by taking a journey from the cornfields of Indiana to a movie lot in the Hollywood hills.

The hardcover book of Hoosiers in Hollywood, with nearly 600 pages of text and photographs, is available through the historical society web site or by calling (800) 447-1830.

The Indiana Historical Society has served as Indiana’s storyteller since 1830, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating Hoosier State history. The independent, nonprofit organization also publishes books and periodicals; sponsors workshops for teachers; provides youth, adult, and family programming; assists local historical groups throughout the state; and maintains one of the largest collections of material on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest to be found anywhere.

Program 117
Local ties to Hollywood; Louisville fencers; and Jennifer Bielstein, the new managing director at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (#117)