Celebrate the life (1921-1986) and enduring legacy of the Oscar-winning actress Donna Reed, who was born 100 years ago in Denison, Iowa. Narrated by Donna's youngest daughter, Mary Anne Owen. The virtual tribute includes a look at Donna's life and the exciting events planned for 2021 by the Donna Reed Foundation.
Governor Kim Reynolds announces DONNA REED DAY to celebrate the life and enduring legacy of the Oscar-winning actress Donna Reed who was born in Denison, Iowa.
A special message from Alicia Malone and Turner Classic Movies saluting the Hollywood legend.
This virtual tribute was broadcast live from the social media pages of the State Historical Society of Iowa and Produce Iowa, the state office of film and media production
2021: It's A Wonderful Year
“100 Years of Donna Reed”
The State Historical Society of Iowa presents a webinar featuring rarely seen family photos shared by Donna's daughter, Mary Owen, and Donna Reed Foundation member Kurt Lee, with State Curator Leo Landis.
From Turner Classic Movies
Mary Anne Owen, the daughter of Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Donna Reed, looks back at the career of her talented mother, a celebrated MGM and Columbia star and lead of the memorable The Donna Reed Show.
Good Morning, Iowa!
“100th Birthday Celebration” Jackie Schmillen visits with Mary Anne Owen about her mother Donna Reed and takes a behind the scenes peek at the Archives vault at the Donna Reed Heritage Museum in Dennison for a special segment on “Good Morning Iowa”, WOI-TV, January 27, 2021
Virtual Road Trip
Join History lover Sal St. George as he travels to the Donna Reed Center & Heritage Museum in Dennison, Iowa. Special thanks to Mary Owen, Donna Reed’s daughter, and Robert Lyons board member for the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts; and cameraman Aaron Larson.
Mother's Day 2021
Donna Reed is remembered as TV's stay-at-home Super Mom, but in real life she was raising a family while co-producing and starring in her own hit television series. We are looking for volunteers now to help launch our May event to honor today's Super Moms.
State Historical Society of Iowa
The Donna Reed Heritage Museum / Archive has collaborated with the State Historical Museum of Iowa on a new exhibit celebrating the life of Donna Reed. Five of her dresses and one romper are on display, along with reproductions of photos from the family collection.
TV Watch Party
We are huge fans of the hit TV series The Donna Reed Show. The series was a landmark program in the early days of television, not only as the first program to feature a mom as the lead in a family comedy show, but also for a myriad of reasons behind the scenes. We love looking at the program for entertainment and educational purposes. That's why we are forming TV Watch Parties for TV lovers like us!
Want to share the fun?
Contact us now!
Tribute to Veterans
Donna treasured letters from servicemen in World War II.
This year for Veteran's Day,
we are sharing this history and our lasting love for our American heroes. You can help.
Hollywood in the Heartland
Don't miss the beautiful exhibit at the State Historical Museum of Iowa that features Iowa-born movie star Donna Reed. More information here!
Jimmy played Donna Reed's son in the Frank Capra masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life, and later made multiple appearances on her TV show.
Patti starred with Donna Reed on the hit TV series The Donna Reed Show with her real-life brother Paul Petersen.
Composer Stu Phillips produced hit songs for The Donna Reed Show as well as memorable scores for Battle Star Galactica, Knight Rider, and more
A media critic and historian, Joanne is an expert on the studies of early television and is the author of the book The Donna Reed Show.
Brenda Scott Royce
An award-winning writer, Brenda wrote the definitive book Donna Reed: A Bio-Bibliography that closely details the episodes of The Donna Reed Show,
Loved for everything from his iconic role on Love Boat to recent roles on The Mindy Project, Fred represented Donna's home state of Iowa.
University Students and High School Students Worldwide
Fostering Talent Worldwide
REMOTE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
and REMOTE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
LOVE OLD MOVIES and CLASSIC TV? The Donna Reed Foundation has REMOTE internship projects that need the involvement of creatives with passion for communication, television, and film. Work with us to tell the behind-the-scenes stories of Donna's Oscar-winning film career and her hit TV series.
Learn the skills and real world experience that you need for your future creative career. We can help youbuild a portfolio of work that will find its place on our worldwide stage while you are still in school.
Not a student, but want to participate?
Storytellers, graphic designers, history lovers, TV/Film fans are welcome to join us. We need your help.
Mia has accepted a leadership role on multiple projects that include producing TV Watch parties for fans.
JeNaya researched Hollywood fashion and contributed to the editorial calendar for future interns.
Sunny spearheaded a promotional campaign to raise awareness for the Donna Reed Foundation across audiences.
In-Person or Remote
We offer in-person volunteer opportunities year-round in Denison Iowa. We offer remote opportunities for volunteers, especially creative professionals. Contact us.
We offer sponsorship opportunities for our many events across the year.
The Donna Reed Foundation is a trusted 501 (c) 3 nonprofit located in Denison Iowa.
Your donations help support the work of the Donna Reed Foundation and the preservation of our historic landmark building. Ask us for details.
Become a Member.
We provide opportunities for students and adults who want to learn more about Donna Reed, early television, classic films, and more. Ask us about ways you be involved in celebrating the wonderful life of Donna Reed.