Gage County Historical Society and Museum

Gage County Classic Film Institute

Gage County Classic Film Institute is organization under the umbrella of the Gage County Historical Society, which runs the Gage County Museum. Community Players and the Beatrice Library are partners. Recent events have been funded by grants from the Havelone Foundation and Gage County Foundation.


  • Dedicated to educating the public about Gage County, Nebraska’s connections to movies, TV and stage.
  • Holds yearly events related to one or more Gage County celebrities.
  • Brings in speakers who discuss these celebrities’ local ties.
  • Hosts question and answer sessions.
  • Has relevant books available for sale at Gage County Museum.

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2021 FILM EVENT: AUG. 20-22

Robert Taylor
2011 Film Event

Gage County Historical Society's Gage County Classic Film Institute (GCCFI) will present a “110th Birthday Celebration of Hollywood Leading Man Robert Taylor” as its 2021 annual film event. Robert Taylor, born Spangler Arlington Brugh, was born August 5, 1911 in Filley, Nebraska. He graduated from Beatrice High School and went on to become one of the leading men of Hollywood from 1934-1969.

Event flyer with schedule and ticket/donor form (PDF)


Featured Guests:

• Linda Alexander — in-person guest, author of “Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood & Communism” (2016)
• Gillian Kelly — appearing by Zoom from Scotland, author of “Robert Taylor: Male Beauty, Masculinity and Stardom in Hollywood” (2019)
• Terry Taylor — appearing by Zoom, Robert Taylor’s son
• Charles Tranberg — in-person guest, author of “Robert Taylor: A Biography” (2013)
• Colin Watling — appearing by Zoom from England, administrator of “Fans of Robert Taylor” Facebook private group



Beatrice Public Library, 100 N. 16th St. Free.
6pm: Reception and meet & greet in-person guests
7pm: Linda Alexander and Charles Tranberg book signing and presentation (Gillian Kelly’s signed books available for sale)
Screening: Film shorts and clips TBA

Beatrice Community Players Theatre, 412 Ella St. and Zoom. Tickets required for ages 13 & up.
8:30am: Retired Beatrice librarian Laureen Riedesel and local film historian Jeanelle Kleveland will discuss Robert Taylor’s Nebraska roots.
9:15am: Author Charles Tranberg will discuss Robert Taylor’s career after MGM, 1959–1969.
10:15am: Author Linda Alexander will discuss the effect of the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearing on Robert Taylor’s professional and personal life.
11am: Terry Taylor will share memories of being on movie sets with his father.
11:30pm: Lunch break
1pm: Screening: “Remember” (1939) This screening will be available for viewing only in the U.S. because of licensing rights.
2:45pm: Author Gillian Kelly will discuss Robert Taylor’s MGM career and his on- and off-screen personas.
3:30pm: Colin Watling will discuss Robert Taylor fandom in Britain.
3:45pm: Speaker Q&A moderated by Omaha film historian Bruce Crawford

Beatrice Public Library, 100 N. 16th St. Free.
7pm: Meet & greet in-person guests. Charles Tranberg will share some behind the scenes stories about “Small Town Girl”
Screening: “Small Town Girl” (1936)

Beatrice Public Library, 100 N. 16th St. Free.
1:30pm: Linda Alexander will discuss how “Song of Russia” led to Robert Taylor’s appearance at the HUAC hearing
Screening: “Song of Russia” (1944)

2016 event


Tickets for Saturday main event: $20

5 ways to buy in-person tickets:
Mail in form on this flyer (PDF)
• At the Gage County Museum (credit card, check or cash)
• At the Beatrice Public Library (check or cash)
• At the door (credit card, check or cash) and search Robert Taylor In-person** 



**(credit card only with small convenience fee)



  • Actor Robert Taylor 100th and 105th birthday celebrations (105th was combined with actress Janet Shaw) — featured guests: author Charles Tranberg and author Linda Alexander (100th also featured Robert Taylor’s children Terry Taylor and Tessa Taylor)
  • Special effects artist John P. Fulton — featured guests: daughter Joanne Fulton Schaefer and niece Jill McClure
  • Robert Taylor in “Quo Vadis”
  • Gene Coon (writer and producer for “Star Trek”) — featured guest: writer David Gerrold
  • Silent movie mega-star Harold Lloyd — featured guests: author Scott Eyman and silent film accompanist Ben Model
  • Spotlight on Maude & Richard Wayne (1920’s sibling silent movie stars) Josephine Huston (1930’s movie and Broadway star) — featured guest: silent film accompanist and historian Ben Model


  • Gail Butler (former Gage County Historical Society board member)
  • Sheila Day (Gage County Historical Society board member)
  • Vicki Jedlicka (Graphic designer)
  • Renee Jones (Gage County Historical Society board member)
  • Jeanelle S. Kleveland (Local film historian)
  • Chris Moran (former Gage County Historical Society board member)
  • Laureen Riedesel (Retired Beatrice Public Library director)
  • Joanne Neeman (Beatrice Public Library director)
  • Jamie Ulmer (Community Players managing artistic director)


For more information, or to become a “supporting cast” donor, contact Sheila Day at 402-540-2579 or

Gage County Historical Society and Museum
101 North Second Street
Beatrice, NE, 68310
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