Source: Valley Roadrunner

Oscar on public view at VC History Museum

January 06, 2014

The familiar gold statuette handed out at the Academy Awards is seldom seen in public view, but there will be a rare chance to get up close to Oscar during a two-month exhibition beginning Jan. 2 at the Valley Center History Museum.

The Oscar on display was awarded in 1932 to Gordon Wiles, art director at Fox Films, for his work on the film, Transatlantic. It is on loan from his daughter, Dana Wiles Behymer of Valley Center. The museum has a rare copy of the vintage film, said to be an early-day Titanic, and will screen the movie continuously during the exhibition.

The Oscar will remain on exhibit through March 1, one day before the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Before Wiles died at age 45 in 1949, his creative talent was found in 35 films.

The museum is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 760-749-2993.