'Red Death' comes to Old Capitol Museum

'Red Death' comes to Old Capitol Museum

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Event kicks off monthlong homage to Edgar Allan Poe
Copy of the original poster for the movie 'Masque of the Red Death,' starring Vincent PriceA copy of the original poster for the 1964 movie "Masque of the Red Death," starring Vincent Price and based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Image courtesy of the UI Pentacrest Museums.

The University of Iowa’s Old Capitol Museum will launch a semester of events paying homage to classic author Edgar Allan Poe with a screening of The Masque of the Red Death at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Senate Chamber.

The classic 1964 film starring Vincent Price tells the story of Prince Prospero, who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while inviting the local nobility to a masked ball in his castle. When a mysterious hooded stranger appears, the true terror begins.

Old Capitol Museum is showing The Masque of the Red Death in conjunction with the exhibit Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors, on display in the second floor rotunda until May 25. Other upcoming programs in conjunction with this exhibit include:

  • Storyteller Darrin Crow will perform “Morbid Curiosities: An evening with Edgar Allan Poe” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. A reception will follow.
  • Students from the English class of Christine Norquest will present a special reading of selected works of Poe at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.
  • The museum will screen the 1961 classic film The Pit and the Pendulum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

For more information on Poe: A Wilderness of Mirrors and related programming, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0546 or email old-capitol-museum@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at 319-335-2010.


Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0546
Casey Westlake, Pentacrest Museums, 319-335-3591


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