PRESIDENT’S BLOG: MAY 2016
Timothy F. Harley
ANNIVERSARIES AND EVENTS !
Friends, the beautiful flowering trees that surround the Indiana County Courthouse are in full bloom, Hot Dog John Minda has returned to his spot on the corner and our handsome county seat is poised for a great May and a great summer. Be sure to check out upcoming events and activities at: visitindianacountypa.org, downtownindiana.org and for special Bicentennial information: indianapabicentennial.com.
Here at the museum, we are bidding a farewell to some of our great work-study students as the spring semester at IUP winds down. And, we are bidding a welcome and hello to guests who are traveling from near and far to enjoy our community and this great little museum.
May 2016 holds two special anniversaries for us here at the Jimmy. Of course, May 20th will be the 108th anniversary of the birth of James Stewart, born right down Philadelphia Street, in a house long ago destroyed by fire. The spot is marked by a handsome stone and plaque in the garden of the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home.
Please join us on May 20th for cake and punch and as we celebrate this birthday and launch a return to a favorite Stewart related film that had become unavailable. At noon on the 20th and for the matinees that week-end we will be showing the hilarious “ Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts- Man of the Hour- Jimmy Stewart.”
Also on May 20th we offer a preview opening of a new exhibit at the museum celebrating the 70th anniversary of the release of James Stewart’s signature film “It’s a Wonderful Life” released in December of 1946.
Our new presentation : “ It’s a Wonderful Life- 1946-2016 – 70 Years of Touching Lives- Words and Images- Celebrating the Classic American Film.” The exhibit includes IAWL images from the museum collection, a beautiful new IAWL poster from the Dark Hills Mansion, paired with emails received at the time of Stewart’s death and which reference this film specifically. These emails are very special and this is the museum’s first release ( minus personal information ) of these incredibly moving tributes. This exhibit will run throughout the year.
Four great Bicentennial events are scheduled for May, one right here in the Museum’s theater: on May 18th John Busovicki and Bill Otto present “ Our Borough’s History.” Check the Bicentennial website for more information.
Come join us in Indiana for all the fun and your trip down Memory Lane at the Jimmy !
Don’t forget the Bicentennial Parade on May 21st ! Harvey has not !
Thanks for listening,