John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Grand Opening

Films | Western Swing Dance | Pancake Breakfast | 5K Run/Walk | Book Signing | Birthplace Tours | Pie Squared
Corned Beef & Cabbage | Live Irish Music | John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner and Auction

See Photos and more from the Celebration here.

2013 John Wayne Birthday Celebration A Tribute To Maureen O'Hara May 24-25, 2013 Winterset, Iowa




All Day

FREE John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara films:
9am Rio Grande, 11:30am The Quiet Man, 2:30pm The Wings of Eagles, 5pm McLintock! and 8pm Big Jake

Iowa Theatre


John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace


Western Swing Dance
Food available 6pm; Dance 7pm. $25 admission

Clark Building


6:30am - 11am

Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

Fire Station


John Wayne 5K Run/Walk

John Wayne Statue site


John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace

All Day

FREE John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara films:
Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake

Iowa Theatre

11am - suppertime

Mary Kate’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

Little Dublin Irish Pub

12:30pm - 3pm

Pie Squared

Courthouse Square


Book Signing: The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

John Wayne Birthplace

John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner
Clark Building, 1200 East Highway 92, Winterset

Doors open at 4:30pm; event starts at 5pm

Social Hour. Harp Music by Spenser Hardin
Food stations, water and soft drinks served from 5pm to close
Wine & beer cash bar from 5pm to close

Welcoming Remarks

Irish Singer Catherine O’Connell

Auction hosted by Aissa Wayne

Maureen O’Hara video and live remarks by Maureen O’Hara

Shannon Rovers Bagpipes and the McKay Sisters Irish Dancers


Live Irish Music

Little Dublin Irish Pub


All Day

FREE John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara films:
9am Rio Grande, 11:30am The Quiet Man, 2:30pm The Wings of Eagles, 5pm McLintock! and 8pm Big Jake

Iowa Theatre


John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace

2013 John Wayne Birthday Celebration Flyer with Map of Winterset (with Clark building & other locations) and the Event Schedule


Iowa Theatre

The Iowa Theatre, right on Winterset’s Courthouse Square, will be showing ALL of the films starring both John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara:

McLintock! (1963) 50th Anniversary
Cattle baron, banker and model citizen G.W. McLintock’s wife Katherine (Maureen O’Hara) returns after 2 years seeking divorce and revenge. This rollicking film pits Wayne and O’Hara in some of their most entertaining situations yet, including the infamous mud scene! Showtime: 5pm Fri./Sat/Sun. May 24-26

The Quiet Man (1952)
Legendary director John Ford received his fourth Best Director Oscar® for this beloved film, which also won for Best Color Cinematography and was nominated for five other categories including Best Picture! Wayne plays Sean Thornton, who swears off boxing after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, and returns to the Irish town of his birth and falls in love with Mary Kate, played by the stunning Maureen O’Hara. A delightful love letter to Ireland, filled with memorable characters and gorgeous scenery. Showtime: 11:30am Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26

Rio Grande (1950)
In the first of their films together, Wayne and O’Hara play a married couple. Kirby Yorke (Wayne) must deal not only with the Apaches and his son he has not seen in 15 years as a new recruit, but also with his wife who shows up to take the under-age trooper home with her. Wayne and Maureen O’Hara fall back into love while embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other in this classic film also directed by John Ford. Showtime: 9am Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26

The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Yet another film directed by John Ford, this films tells the story of avaition pioneer Cmdr. Frank “Spig” Wead (Wayne), his career ended after a paralyzing accident,who fights to walk again and redirects his life as Hollywood screenwriter, garnering two Academy Award nominations. O’Hara plays Wayne’s wife with whom he struggles through changes and heartbreak. Be sure to watch for Ward Bond as crusty filmmaker “John Dodge” (Ford was a close friend of Wead’s). Showtime: 2:30pm Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26

Big Jake (1971)
In 1909, the waning days of the wild frontier, Big Jake McCandles (Wayne) hasn’t seen his wife (Maureen O’Hara) in 18 years. He returns when evil John Fain (played by the great Richard Boone) and his gang of cutthroats overrun the ranch and kidnap the McCandles’ grandson and holds him for a million dollar ransom. Showtime: 8pm Fri./Sat./Sun May 24-26

Maureen O'Hara Photo and Quote

Cowboy Western Swing Dance

Western Swing Dance with Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band and Guest of Honor Maureen O'Hara

Friday, May 24th Celebrating the spirit of McLintock!—2013 is the 50th anniversary of that rollicking picture—the John Wayne Birthplace presents western swing bandleader Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band. Les has been designated the official Oklahoma Balladeer by the legislature of his home state and was honored with the coveted Wrangler Award for his contributions to traditional western music by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The three hour western swing dance commences at 7pm. Food vendors will have various western-themed vittles available for purchase beforehand starting at 6pm.

Maureen O’Hara attended this event! See photos on our News page.

Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

Fireman's Breakfast

Saturday, May 25th, 6:30am-11am
Fire Station, one block east of the Courthouse Square/John Wayne Drive, 2 blocks north of the Birthplace on Court

Sit yourself down for a fabulous morning meal! All you care to eat with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. Get a great start to your day! Just $6.

Firemen's Pancake Breakfast

Proceeds benefit Winterset’s volunteer fire department.

Click image or here for a copy of
the Western Swing Dance Poster

Western Swing Dance Poster

John Wayne Run 5K Run/Walk

5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 25th, 9:00am
John Wayne Statue, one block northwest of the Birthplace

Winterset Rotary and Madison County Health Care System are once again proud to sponsor this race which starts and ends at the John Wayne statue at 200 S. John Wayne Dr. Race day registration packets can be picked up between 7:30 and 8:45am. Participants can choose to partake of the 5K Run or the 5K Walk. There are several age divisions, and medals will be awarded in each age group Entry fees are $20 before May 1st; $25 after and $30 on the day of the race. Day of Race: $30. View or download the .pdf race brochure here.

Proceeds benefit The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Madison County Healthy Kids Initiative and Wildwood Hills Ranch.


Book Signing The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

author Glenn Frankel

Please join us in welcoming New York Times best-selling author Glenn Frankel on Saturday where he’ll discuss and sign copies his new book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. Mr. Frankel’s wonderfully engaging and thoroughly researched book is the the riveting true account behind that classic Western—and the amazing history of that story, as it was transformed into an American myth. This is the first book to focus on the making of what many consider John Wayne’s greatest film.

John Wayne Birthplace Tours

Birthplace of John Wayne

Tour the actual home where Marion Robert Morrison was born on May 26, 1907. The house features a unique collection of John Wayne memorabilia including such items as an eyepatch from True Grit, a prop suitcase used in the film Stagecoach, a hat from Rio Lobo and more.

Tours are available from 9am to 5pm on Friday May 24, 9am to 3pm on Sat. May 25 (PLEASE NOTE EARLY CLOSING ON SAT.) Admission fees are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors 60 and over, and $3.00 for children 12 and under.

Mary Kate’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

Fireman's Breakfast

Those with a taste for Irish cuisine should visit the Litttle Dublin Irish Pub where Mary Kate’s corned beef and cabbage will be served on Saturday, May 25th from 11am through supper time. Dinners and sandwiches both cost $8.

Photo courtesy Steamy Kitchen

Pie Squared—An American Celebration of Pie

Pie Squared

Saturday, May 25th, 12:30pm–3:00pm

Pie stations will be set up around the historic Madison County Courthouse Square and tasting tickets will be available for one dollar each. Each ticket will be good for one taste (one tenth of a pie) and attendees can sample as many homemade pies as they choose. Bottled water will also be available for $1.00.

Savor the delights from the legendary “church ladies” from all over Madison County, who will be baking delectable pies.

The proceeds will be split between the participating churches and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Pie Squared

Live Irish Music

Little Sublin Live Music

Painting: Grafton Street, courtesy of Barrie Maguire,

Saturday, May 25th 9pm Just west of the Courthouse Square, The Litttle Dublin Irish Pub will be presenting live authentic Irish music with “The Quiet Men (and a couple of ladies),” Iowa’s premiere traditional Irish music session band. Stop by and see why Irish eyes are smiling!

Special discounted rates are available
at this West Des Moines hotel:

Hampton Inn logo

Hampton Inn Des Moines–West

7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone (515) 223-4700 - Fax (515) 221-1010


Legendary screen actress Maureen O’Hara and her family have accepted our invitation to join us for this long-awaited “Tribute to Maureen O’Hara.” This gala, starting at 5pm on Saturday, May 25th is Maureen O’Hara’s public farewell to her legions of fans, and she’ll discuss her life-long friendship with John Wayne. The dinner will be held in a comfortable, air-conditioned indoor venue. Enjoy a sumptuous meal of prime rib or three-cheese encrusted chicken over penne pasta marinara; baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives; green bean Almandine, tossed salad; Ciabatta rolls, and assorted decorated cupcakes. Delight to the haunting beauty of harp music from Spenser Hardin. Music from the film classic The Quiet Man performed by Irish songstress Catherine O’Connell follows. Then John Wayne’s daughter Aissa hosts the always exciting Auction of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara-related items. In her public farewell to her legions of fans, Guest of Honor Maureen O’Hara will discuss her life-long friendship with John Wayne. Last but not least, a return engagement of Chicago’s Shannon Rovers Pipes and Drums will play for champion Irish dancers The Fabulous McKay Sisters.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Harpist Spenser Hardin

Since the days of King Brian Boru, the harp has been prominent as the national emblem of Ireland so, to honor Maureen O’Hara’s Celtic heritage, we present renowned harpist Spenser Hardin. Miss Hardin, who has trained in classical music for 20 years, has played every place from symphony halls to weddings and considers performing at our Tribute to Maureen O’Hara as one the highlights of her career.

Catherine O’Connell

The daughter of Irish immigrants, songstress and recording artist Catherine O'Connell enthusiastically embraces the traditional music of her forbears and considers it the honor of a lifetime to perform selections from The Quiet Man for Maureen O’Hara Herself. Chicago Tribune critic Rick Kogan says, “Catherine is an original, as gifted a singer and as sensitive a performer as I have ever heard or seen.”

Background painting Dawn on the Hills of Ireland by Edmund Sullivan

Auction of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara Items

Aissa Wayne

Join in the excitement as John Wayne’s daughter Aissa hosts a lively auction of unique and memorable John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara collectibles. There will be a silent auction as well. Proceeds from this auction support the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

Auction items include a giant 80"x115" poster for McLintock!, a two night stay for two at the Ashford Castle in Ireland, one of the filming locations for The Quiet Man, a full-size replica of the weathervane from McLintock!, a beautiful framed oil portrait of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, an actual shirt worn by John Wayne in The Cowboys, numerous pieces of jewelry from the exclusive Maureen O’Hara Newbridge Silverware collection, and many, many more!

Auction services are provided by Garrison Auction Service, conducted by renowned auctioneers Chuck and Jon Garrison, who are a show onto themselves!

Garrison Auction Service

The Fabulous McKay Sisters

The Fabulous McKay Sisters

We are especially pleased to be joined by championship Irish dancers the Fabulous McKay Sisters who will be performing during our dinner program. Between them, Juliana and Beckie have been honored throughout the United States and Ireland for their dazzling footwork as they beat out ancient jigs and reels Riverdance-style.

Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band

Most of us call them "bagpipes" but for 500 years the Irish have referred to them as “warpipes.” This distinction is especially appropriate to the Shannon Rovers. Organized in Chicago in the 1920s by Tommie Ryan, Pat Roche and other veterans of Ireland’s recent War of Independence, these award-winning musicians are today considered among the premiere pipe and drum bands in the United States. In their storied career, which includes thousands of performances, the Shannon Rovers have played for Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, George W. Bush and Barack Obama and even Pope John Paul II.

The John Wayne Birthplace is exceptionally proud to welcome back the Rovers to Winterset where their deafening pipes will salute The Quiet Man—their favorite movie—with tunes familiar to all fans of the classic film. See more about them at


Covered Bridges Winery
Serving Covered Bridges Wine Exclusively
Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band

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Proceeds from this special fundraising event benefit the new John Wayne Museum.

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