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Minnesota sights of interest to Judy fans

Gumm Home, Judy Garland's birth home Gumm Home, Judy Garland's birth home

The Gumm home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as it looks now after relocation and restoration. Judy lived in this house from birth (1922) until 1926. The house was originally at the corner of Second and Fourth Streets when occupied by the Gumm family, but it is now at 2727 US Hwy 169 South. The house is open to the public, and there is a gift shop in the summer kitchen. This is the house as it looked at the opening of the Judy Garland Festival on Judy's 75th Birthday Celebration in the summer of 1997.

For more info on Grand Rapids and the Judy Garland Festival, visit:
The Judy Garland Museum.

Photos by Jim Johnson, 1997

Gumm house opening ceremony, 1997
The opening ceremony for the newly restored Gumm house.
On steps, left-right: Jerry Maren ("Lollipop Kid, barely visible),
Meinhardt Raabe ("The Coroner"), Sid Luft, Margaret Pellegrini
("Sleepy Head") and M.C. Jon Miner.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 26, 1997)

Photo by Krista Pugsley, 1997.

Judy Garland Swap Meet
The Judy Garland Swap Meet,
north side of Gumm house in background.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 28, 1997)

Photo by Krista Pugsley, 1997.

Living History Program
Michelle Russell presented a living history program in the parlor of the Gumm house, featuring Michelle Risse as Suzy Gumm (left), Alycia Perrotto as Jimmie Gumm (center) and Carissa Farina as Baby Gumm (right). The girls sang a number of tunes that the Gumm Sisters included in their repertoire. The girls were wonderful!
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 27-28, 1997)

Photo by Kellie Johnson, 1997.

Living History Program
Left-Right: Michelle Russell (as Ethel),
Carissa Farina, Michelle Risse, Alycia Perrotto and
Josh Smith (as Mr. Smith).
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 27-28, 1997)

Photo by Kellie Johnson, 1997.

Carissa Farina sings at the banquet, 1997

Carissa Farina sang "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" at the banquet.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 28, 1997)

Photo by Kellie Johnson, 1997.

Lorna Luft sang at the banquet, too.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 28, 1997)

Photo by Jim Johnson, 1997.

Lorna Luft sings at the banquet, 1997
Joe Luft and Lorna Luft, 1997

Joe and Lorna Luft at the Gumm house.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 26, 1997)

Photo by Krista Pugsley, 1997.

The old Grand Rapids school building is now a mini-mall. Inside - The Judy Garland Museum, a Gift Shop and a nice restaurant. The Judy Garland Children's Museum, just a few blocks away, houses more memorabilia as well as activities for children.
(Grand Rapids, Minnesota, June 28, 1997)

Photo by Krista Pugsley, 1997.

Grand Rapids School Building, 1997

Dinner with Bert May
A special dinner with Bert May (left).
Bert was a contract dancer at MGM during the 1940s and 1950s,
and was one of "Judy's Boyfriends" (dancers). He appeared in many
MGM musicals, and had many wonderful memories to share!
(St. Paul, Minnesota, June 25, 1997)

Photo by Kellie Johnson, 1997.

Judy Garland costume at Planet Hollywood

Judy's costume from the "Ragtime Violin" number in Easter Parade. On display at Planet Hollywood in the Mall of America, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Photo by Jim Johnson, 1997.

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