Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, July 25, 2016

TCPL’s presents Grace Miller White and her 1909 novel Tess of the Storm County

This small exhibit on display in the Avenue of the Friends presents Tess of the Storm County, the 1909 novel by Ithaca author Grace Miller White (1868-1957) and will be on display during August 2016. White is known for her Storm Country Series, as well as numerous other novels.  Tess of the Storm Country was made into a film four times.

Featuring film posters, covers of early editions of the novel, and information concerning Ithaca Grace Miller White herself, this exhibit is displayed in conjunction with the Wharton Studio Museum’s Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars presentation, and will be on display through the end of August.

Wharton Studio Museum’s summer movie tradition continues with its 6th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars on Saturday August 27th, 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park! The evening features a stunning big-screen showing of Tess of the Storm Country, a 1922 film adaptation of Ithacan Grace Miller White’s 1909 novel of the same name, starring the inimitable Mary Pickford.

Cloud Chamber Orchestra will play an original score composed for the film.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic, lawn chair and blanket and enjoy lovely Taughannock Falls State Park and a view of Cayuga Lake as the sun sets before the movie begins at sundown (around 8:15pm). 

Admission is FREE and open to the public (there is a $5 per car parking fee at the park). M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust is the event’s Presenting Sponsor.                                           

Silent Movies Under the Stars is produced by Wharton Studio Museum in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and the support of numerous local sponsors.

For more information about this exhibit please contact Library staff member Terry Harbin at

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