11.06.17Rod Serling: the Legacy of a Hometown Boy

Consider, if you will, the hometown of a six-time Emmy award winner. A town where almost everywhere you look are reminders of its most famous native son, and how his work affected, and still affects pop culture today. Now imagine a place in the town that contains and preserves rare artifacts and collected works of this man, and displays them to the public – you’ve just crossed over into the Rod Serling Archive. Housed and curated by the Bundy Museum of History and Art, this archive now exists as a permanent exhibit. An ongoing work in progress, the archive contains an array of Serling’s memorabilia, props, and personal items presented in a hands-on format, and is not the only place in town to find reminders of him.

One of “The Twilight Zone’s” most popular episodes features the bandstand and antique carousel that can still be found at the city’s Recreation Park. Also, the Binghamton Bus Terminal and Boscov’s Department Store were used during the series, and the Forum Theatre houses Serling’s “Day of a Playwright" exhibit, along with a penmanship medal from his school days. For details, about the museum and the Rod Serling Archive, click here

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