Happy Birthday, George Eastman!

The George Eastman Museum enhances the on-site visitor experience with a new series of Eastman’s home videos

Rochester, N.Y., July 12, 2017—In honor of George Eastman’s birthday, today the George Eastman Museum will unveil a new interactive offering in Eastman’s historic mansion. In the screening room on the second floor of the museum, visitors can now watch historic footage and recent documentaries related to George Eastman—many of which are only available on-site at the museum.

The selections of historic footage give insight to both the leisure and business sides of Eastman’s life.

  • Home movies made by Eastman during his travels show two safaris in Africa, stays at his hunting lodge in North Carolina, and a trip to Alaska.

  • Footage from his birthday in 1930 shows the entrepreneur and businessman opening a large birthday card from his colleagues all over the world (the same card is currently on view nearby, in the Sitting Room).

  • A short clip of George Eastman speaking is the only known recording of his voice.

  • Historic documentation of the 1928 Kodacolor Party, where George Eastman and Thomas Edison announced and demonstrated their new color film process, is also available for viewing.

More recent offerings include biographies that originally aired on PBS and A&E and short documentaries about the restoration of the historic mansion and the Aeolian pipe organ. These videos provide an in-depth look at George Eastman, his estate, and his role in American history.

Videos will be added periodically as they are available, refreshing the experience and offering new insights to Eastman’s life and legacy. For more information about planning your visit to the museum, visit eastman.org.