November at the Museum: President’s Blog

Timothy F. Harley

The autumn season has descended in beautiful color over the rolling hills of Indiana County, PA.  It has been a week or two since our first frost and we have had a few days since, which I think qualify as what we used to call Indian Summer.

Here at the museum, we are preparing for our Annual Open House to be held on Friday evening, the 18th of November from 5 to 7 pm.  We ask that you bring a non-perishable food donation in support of our local food banks.

Continuous showings of “The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life” will be available in our theater.  As I have mentioned in our October blog, the Museum Store is stocked with some great new offerings for Holiday giving.  A range of new clothing items with our new Stewart quote design:  “Always remember, be nice to people” are now available, as well as many of our existing and sought after designs.

We offer an unparalleled selection of Stewart titles on DVD and a great and growing array of Stewart related books.  Which, by the way— we will hold a book signing on Saturday the 19th of November at 1pm for the exciting new book on Stewart’s military career. “Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe” by Robert Matzen has been receiving great reviews, and has been fully endorsed by the Stewart Family.  Come and join us as we welcome Robert Matzen to the Museum; and to the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival, sponsored by Downtown Indiana.

Sara Orner and Stephanie Garrett our stellar IUP work-study students have begun to decorate the museum for the holidays.  Our Stewart themed decorations and trees, make a visit to the museum and the Christmas Tree Capital of the World a very memorable experience during the Holiday Season.

Our exhibit in honor of the 75th anniversary of the release of the Stewart classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” continues in our special exhibit area. This display, featuring the new Dark Hills Mansion poster of Wonderful Life, is punctuated by emails received at the time of James Stewart’s passing the specifically reference this iconic American film. These emails will touch your heart with true sentiment about the film we love and the actor who brings it to life.

No better time to be in the Jimmy Stewart Museum than over the Holidays that one of Mr. Stewart’s films has become synonymous with.

Hope to see you soon.  As ever, Thanks for listening,

Tim