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  1. The Hollywood Heritage Museum was honored to have Barbara Wingo visit our museum. At one of the “Mostly Lost” conventions held at the Library of Congress’ Culpeper, Virginia facility, I was awed by the presentation by Ms. Wingo on the topic of the Norman Studio. You see in Hollywood, there are writer’s buildings still at the historic Ince-DeMille-Pathé-Selznick-RKO-Desilu studio, there are dressing rooms at the Vitagraph studio in East Hollywood, a screening room at the Scientology Studio, and stages at the Fox Studio, but nowhere in Hollywood is there a complete, intact silent studio. So when I learned of the Norman Studio, I realized what a treasure this site is. Not only is it a complete studio, but it is a complete studio known for its films made for the underserved African American audiences during the silent-to-sound period. It was my pleasure to meet Ms. Wingo and a far greater pleasure to have her visit our early barn-turned-to-studio. We shared some “war stories” and marveled at the similarity of our projects and our passions for them. I am so pleased that we will be presenting a Norman Studio Program, February 8th, 2023, at our museum, with Ms. Wingo’s participation, albeit digitially, at our museum. This will only further our coast-to-coast bond. Thank you, Barbara for your dedication and our thematic kinship.

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