Due to upcoming construction on the Indiana Community Center Building, The Jimmy Stewart Museum will be closed the following Sunday’s: 25 October, 1-8-15 November. Other dates may be added as construction proceeds. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE @ www.jimmy.org and our Jimmy Stewart Museum Face Book Page.
President’s Blog: October 2015
Folks, fall is upon us here in west-central Pennsylvania and change is in the air. The leaves are beginning to change and that is always a good reason to get out to Indiana County and take in a great drive on your way to the Jimmy Stewart Museum in beautiful downtown Indiana.
Now, by the way, friends, our downtown is in the process of implementing a beautiful new streetscape, so things may look a bit like a construction zone on Philadelphia Street and some surrounding areas, but don’t be deterred, the museum is open, unless the situation demands a temporary closing which will be announced on both our website and our Face Book pages.
The borough of Indiana is to be congratulated for all that it does to keep our community attractive and up to date. Of course, the “Jimmy” is housed in the Indiana Community Center Building at the corner of 9th and Philadelphia Streets. Through the efforts of borough and state officials, this fine old building is about to receive some important upgrades including new handicapped accessible restrooms. So, we do expect some construction, not only outside our building, but inside as well. We are so please to see these improvements and we will keep you posted on anything that might affect your visit to the “Jimmy.”
It’s a great time to travel to Indiana County and to visit the Jimmy Stewart Museum and all the other great attractions the county has to offer. Always check in with the Indiana County Tourist Bureau @visitindianacountypa.org. And call the museum should you have any concerns about any of our construction issues.
Hoping to see you here soon!
Thanks for listening.
President’s Blog: September 2015
“A Night to Remember”
The 2015 Harvey Award presentation to Jim Caviezel
Folks, some of you may recall Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 production: “A Night to Remember.” This is the story of something great: The loss of something great, RMS Titanic.
Quite the contrary to the loss of something great, 200 friends and supporters of the Jimmy Stewart Museum experienced, most assuredly A Night to Remember last Saturday evening, in the continued resurgence of something great: the cinematic legacy and the personal legacy of an international film and acting great: James Stewart.
This legacy becomes ever more buoyant, when through the generosity of time and spirit, People like Jim Caviezel lend their fame and influence in support of the cause we hold dear: As we proudly guard and promote Stewart’s incomparable filmography, that has moved and will continue to move people across the globe; while, simultaneously, utilizing both the roles and the persona of James Stewart to serve as tools in the much needed character and ethical development of, yes, primarily our youth—so in need of such support; but anyone who has civility and humanity at heart.
Jim Caviezel is such a man. A man of values, clear of purpose and cognizant of the ever increasing need to set the standards high and to tell each person that doing the right thing in any case may indeed take courage, to stand apart——but it is a courage that we all possess.
These testaments come not only from folks like Jim Caviezel, but I was also privileged to share an email from Steve Murtaugh, a retired police officer from Cambridgeshire, UK.
Steve allowed me to share from an email he had sent to the museum, in hopes of expressing his gratitude to James Stewart’s family. Steve told us of the challenges of his youth and how Stewart, in his roles, was there as calm and reassuring figure that helped shape a positive future for him.
So, my friends, my sincere thanks to Jim and Steve for sharing with us, what we know to be the great value in the legacy of the actor and humanitarian, James Stewart. And to our dear friend, Judy Stewart, daughter of James and Gloria Stewart, for her continued willingness to be with us and the touching remarks she shared with us.
And, my sincere and very special thanks to Tim Vanderburg, our fantastic Face Book volunteer, who takes our message and makes it fun and interesting and travel across our globe.
My thanks to all who joined us in the very special night to remember and lent their presence and their means to see the important work of this foundation continue long into the future.
As ever, dear friends,
Thank so much for listening—
“2015 Harvey Award Winner Jim Caviezel shares some thoughts on Jimmy Stewart”
When I was first in Los Angeles, I needed a job and was hired to work with catering on a party that Jerry Weintraub was hosting for President Bush. I was not the best wait staffer to begin with, and they warned us in advance that we were not under any circumstances to socialize with the guests. Everyone from Warren Beatty to John Travolta and James Caan was at the party and I was trying my best not to be gawking at anyone. Then, I looked across the room and saw Jimmy and Gloria Stewart. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has always been my favorite movie. Moreover, I was a big fan of Jimmy’s because I knew that at the peak of his career he had been drafted but was rejected for service because he was underweight. He was determined to serve his country so he worked to put on the extra weight and got his commission after Pearl Harbor. I looked over and thought “I am okay losing this job if I get to meet Jimmy”, so I did. I promptly got the evil eye from my employer, and when Jimmy caught it, he waved to the guy that I was okay and we had our first meeting. He also had me bring him a Scotch and soda.
I knew where he lived from Star Tours, and began to send or drop off a card from time to time, on one occasion with a bottle of Scotch. I was invited in on one of those visits and reminded him of our meeting at the Weintraub’s which he pretended to remember. He was very generous to share stories from his flying years and from his work in the theatre and the film business.
When I got my first real break, with “The Thin Red Line,” I dropped a note off at his house to tell him. It was my last contact with him as he passed away on our first day of filming. Sean Penn was in the movie with me and we were both really touched and talked about the truly great life he had lived.
He said a lot of things that I have thought about over my years as an actor. Two that really stay with me are:
“My father just didn’t accept the idea of my being an actor. I think that’s the reason he kept the hardware store in operation, because I think he was pretty sure that I was going to be found out sooner or later, and he wanted to have a job for me to come back to.” And, “Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”
Friends, Your support of the 2015 Harvey Award helps ensure the future of our museum and educational programs at the Jimmy Stewart Museum, and great events like the 2015 Harvey Award. Please join us for our annual fundraising event for an evening of great conviviality, great food and very special memories.
See you there!
Thanks for listening…………call the museum for your reservations now
Tickets for the 2015 Harvey Award Honoring JIM CAVIEZEL are now available.
The event will be August 29th, 2015 at the Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, PA
Cocktail Hour will be 6 to 7 PM
Dinner and Program starts at 7 PM
Price: $150.00 Per person which includes cocktail reception (cash bar) complete dual entrée dinner, dessert, coffee, etc. and Program.
Call the Jimmy Stewart Museum at 724-349-6112 with your credit card to order or log on to our website and at the top hit get tickets and go from there.