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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Jimmie Best, formerly of Corydon, will visit his hometown during the first weekend in June. Several events have been planned by the Historical Society of Harrison County and will be held at Hayswood Theatre, Gerdon Youth Center, and the Harrison County Community Foundation.

Mr. Best will present two performances of his one man show, “In His Own Words,” at Hayswood Theatre in Corydon. The first performance will be Friday, June 4 and the second performance will be Saturday, June 5. Both performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and include a reception with snacks to give attendees an opportunity to meet Mr. Best. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center in Historic Downtown Corydon. Only cash or check (made out to the Historical Society of Harrison County) will be accepted. Hayswood Theatre seats seventy and tickets for both performances are expected to sell quickly.

A brief ceremony to honor Best will begin at 2:00 p.m on Saturday, June 5, followed by a book signing at the Gerdon Youth Center (former Corydon High School, which Best attended in the 1940's.) Best will be autographing copies of his new autobiography "Best in Hollywood: The Good The Bad and The Beautiful." Books will be available for purchase at the event for $25 or can be ordered from Autographed photos will also be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Prior to Best's arrival, the Historical Society of Harrison County will host an educational film festival on Monday May 24th, beginning at 4:00 p.m at the Harrison County Community Foundation Building in Corydon. A chronological marathon of highlights of Best's movie career, possibly including "The Attack of the Killer Shrews," "The Guitar Player" from Andy Griffith and a "Dukes of Hazzard" episode, in which Best played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, plus other works from Best's Hollywood career. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, directions or suggestions contact Karen Schwartz, President of the Historical Society of Harrison County at (812) 736-2373 or (812) 738-2828 or email

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