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Time For A Christmas Miracle! The Jimmy Stewart Museum Facing Rough Financial Times!

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It would be such a shame to see this place close down!

He truly was such a wonderful man, and an icon who should not be forgotten!

The Jimmy Stuart Museum, which is located in the actor's hometown of Indiana, PA, is facing serious financial hardship, and could close down if the cash flow doesn't increase!

Executive director Timothy Harley, who is the museum's only full-time employee, says:

“It’s touch and go right now. We need a cash influx to help us get through this challenging time. We used to see 10 to 15 charter bookings per month in September and October. This year, we did not have five between both months combined. Attendance in 2009 was 6,500 and this year it's down to about 5,000. Plus, our state funding has dropped from $5,500 per year to $1,400.”

Museum host Pat Ward continues:

“This museum’s not just about Jimmy Stewart — it’s about America. His life takes us through the life of The Greatest Generation.”

Very true! The man gave up his career to go and serve his country!

We wonder how many actors would do the same in today's time!

For anyone who feels sentimental after watching It's A Wonderful Life this holiday season and wants to help keep the icon's memory alive, CLICK HERE!

[Image via WENN.]

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12 comments to “Time For A Christmas Miracle! The Jimmy Stewart Museum Facing Rough Financial Times!”



  1. 1

    Why not auction off ZuZu's petals?



  2. 2

    Sadly, the brick and mortar shrine concept has probably seen its last days. Why not concentrate on building a nice website?



  3. 3

    Jimmy STEWART, not Stuart. He was the great Everyman…



  4. 4

    I've been to the Jimmy Stewart museum…I had family who lived right down the road. It's so sad to hear this news! I loved the place, but it was clear that they may have been suffering a bit. My family were nearly the only ones in the building when we visited. They have the sweetest workers and most interesting displays. Something needs to be done. I think the whole town of Indiana would benefit a lot from putting some money into the museum. He was an American legend.



  5. 5

    I live in Indiana, PA and it is a fantastic museum. I remember days when the former actors used to come and be part of the Christmas parade. I even have some autographs from them. We live only 2 blocks away from the house he grew up in. They would periodically show movies inside of the museum. In a hotel I used to work in Indiana, they even dedicated a suite to him and it was sad when many people would come in and ask who he even was.



  6. 6

    I've been to that museum but I thought it was for Jimmy STEWART (not STUART!) Indiana PA is a lovely town and the museum is right in town. It's a really a nice, interesting place to spend time in, but sadly almost no one goes there anymore. It's too bad because if anyone is in the area, it makes for a very nice low key, pleasant day enjoying such a nice town and seeing the museum. It's sort of a shame, but I guess its time has passed.



  7. 7

    He had a Wonderful Life!



  8. 8

    …. and kids today know who he is … I don't think so …. and that's the sad part.



  9. 9

    its STEWART!!!!!



  10. 10

    Perez, your fake sympathy and concern would be a lot more convincing if you actually spelled the man's name right! And I live near Indiana as well, it would be a shame if it closed down. Everyone around here is very proud to know that such a great man came from here!

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    11

    For everything there is a season.



  12. 12

    Get over it. Time moves on. Liberace's museum closed this year. Make room for an Elizabeth Edwards place to worship. Press forward, not backward. Jimmy Stewart served his stint on this planet.