Well, friends, we’ve been dodging raindrops or just plain down pours for most of June. All that rain has made the hills of west central Pennsylvania a beautiful lush green and will provide a beautiful setting for your drive to the “Jimmy.”
Folks, don’t know if you are Facebook fans, but you can visit our fantastic site without being a Face book member, and like our museum; this site is worth the visit. We owe it all to a fantastic and devoted and knowledgeable volunteer, Tim Vanderburg. This is a labor of love for Tim and we are unendingly appreciative of all he does. So, even if you are Facebook resistant (yes, I confess— I am not a Face booker!) take the leap and set your search for Jimmy Stewart Museum Facebook and you will be delighted and amazed. And there you will find my recent posting of some comments from our guests. As you will see, they come from all over our county and the world. In my post, I also ask and encourage you, or your group to visit us. Strong visitation to the museum is essential to our survival. So if it’s just you, you and your significant, a gang of old friends, or a busload of folks from the church or senior center, please give us a call here at the museum, or call Maria Jack at the Indiana Tourist Bureau (724-436-7505) and we will help you plan a trip to remember! Maria is the pro that will help you round out your visit to Indiana County, PA. With many other interesting destinations for you to consider. Maria was just down at The Sands in Bethlehem, for the Pennsylvania Bus Annual Meeting; she always wears her Jimmy Stewart “Hollywood Walk of Fame” pin that we sell here in our gift shop. Maria tells me “ my star pin really brought out the remarks whether it was about his military, film or personal life…boy scouting, whatever, everyone has a story as to why they love him.”
We had an exciting and meaningful day on Friday May 30th (no rain) over on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kyle Campbell and her staff arranged for a beautiful dedication ceremony of our gift of a historic marker to share the story of Mr. Stewart’s time in Wilson Hall. We hope that the marker will educate and entice some of the great students studying at IUP to walk over to the museum and learn more about our Hometown Hero: Jimmy Stewart.
Folks, we need you to visit, plain and simple. The county and the county seat are looking great and have many great attractions to add to your visit. There are many great shops and restaurants within walking distance of the museum, and the new Vinegar Hill stairs will make your look at Mr. Stewart’s boyhood home easy and delightful. There are a range of accommodations from B&B’s to hotels, so until next time, I am looking forward to seeing YOU! HERE!