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3/10/2014 3:55:00 PM
Museum Gala to benefit Sedona Movie History Project
Telegraph office building closeup as it appeared in Angel and the Badman
Telegraph office building closeup as it appeared in Angel and the Badman
Sedona residents Otto and Sally Hallermund stand on the porch of the telegraph office before it was relocated from the Sedona movie set at the base of Coffee Pot Rock.
Sedona residents Otto and Sally Hallermund stand on the porch of the telegraph office before it was relocated from the Sedona movie set at the base of Coffee Pot Rock.

Billed as "The Return of Angel and the Badman Gala & Show", the Sedona Heritage Museum will host Sedona's social event of the season with a gala dinner on Saturday, March 15, 5 p.m. at Reds at the Sedona Rouge Hotel.

This evening to remember begins with a happy hour and silent auction. After dinner, the 'Duke' will ride again when Ermal and Patsy Williamson take the stage. Ermal is a nationally-known John Wayne re-enactor with great stories and the spooky likeness, sound and mannerisms of John Wayne. His wife Paula Cravens is a U.S. Champion yodeler who will entertain guests with a repertoire of Patsy Cline hit songs.

The evening will end with a live auction of fabulous packages and experiences, including a trip to Belize, Diamondbacks box seats, other travel packages, golf packages and a behind-the-scenes tour of Out of Africa. Silent auction items include donations of art, jewelry, and dining experiences to name just a few. A 'Raise the Paddle' live auction activity is also planned. All attendees will receive a commemorative program and opportunities to be immortalized in a photo with 'John Wayne'. Suggested attire is Western casual, but not required.

Proceeds of the event will go toward the Museum's latest major project, the relocation and preservation of the only surviving part of the historic Sedona western town movie set. This 100-year-old Telegraph Office building was used in key scenes of 'Angel and the Badman', Wayne's first effort as Producer and actor back in 1945-46. This piece of Sedona movie history was donated to the Museum by a generous benefactor.

Gala tickets are $100/person ($60 may be a charitable tax deduction), and are available by calling the Sedona Heritage Museum at (928) 282-7038, or going to the Museum's website Seating is limited.

For anyone interested in placing a program ad, donating an auction item, or being an event or overall project sponsor, contact Dave Thomas at the Museum.

Annually, the Museum hosts thousands of residents, visitors and school children who are introduced to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon's rich and unique history. The addition of this historic movie set building will allow the sharing and interpretation of Sedona's long and colorful movie history.

The Sedona Heritage Museum is now the proud owner of an original piece of Sedona movie-making history: the telegraph station from the old Sedona movie set.

The telegraph station arrived in 1945 for the first movie filmed at the Sedona movie street set, John Wayne's "Angel and the Badman". Of the approximately 100 movies filmed in Sedona, most during the Golden Age of Western films, the western street is visible in many of the classics.

The station has an interesting history. It started its life in the early 1900s in Winona as an actual train station and was moved to Sedona for use at the movie set. Sometime in the 1950s, the building was relocated to private property and converted into a residence. Recently re-discovered, it has been vacant and all but abandoned for decades and is in disrepair.

But thanks to friends of the Museum and the most recent owner, John Marmaduke, a deal was struck to donate the station to the Museum. Now, once again, the station will be put on wheels, this time to return to Sedona where it will start a new chapter for enjoyment by the public.

The Sedona Heritage Museum is making plans to restore the station, faithfully to the original design and furnishings, and use it for exhibit and educational purposes. The Museum Board is currently raising much needed funds for the restoration, relocation and interpretation of this celebrated piece of Sedona history. They will be making further announcements as to public events and the status of the relocation and restoration project over the next few weeks and months.

To learn more about the telegraph station, receive regular 'Telegram' updates via email, and to volunteer time, services or other donations, you may contact the Sedona Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 10216, Sedona, AZ 86339, (928) 282-7038.

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