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Museum to mark Stewart's 105th birthday

by CARL KOLOGIE on May 16, 2013 10:50 AM

One of the biggest birthday parties that Indiana has ever witnessed occurred in 1983 on the occasion of Jimmy Stewart’s 75th birthday.

Highlighted by a dinner, a parade and the unveiling of the Jimmy Stewart statue on the lawn of the Indiana County Court House, the event lasted the entire weekend.

Now, the Jimmy Stewart Museum will celebrate the 105th birthday of the former film star with a number of events beginning Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Stewart was born May 20, 1908.

Highlighting the events at the museum is the presentation of “Thank You, Jimmy Stewart” by Christopher David Collins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

This is a reflection of the Pittsburgh and New York shows that were presented by Collins last fall.

“Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!” is a one-person condensed tribute to three of Mr. Stewart’s films: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Harvey” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The stories are told from the perspectives of three characters that Stewart brought to life in those films.

Collins portrays some other special guests during the performance and, according to Tim Harley, executive director of the museum, “Collins captures the pure magic of storytelling.”

“Chris not only brings to us highlights from his Pittsburgh and New York shows, but introduces some very special characters that are new to his Stewart vignettes,” Harley said.

There is no admission fee to the birthday event, and performance and refreshments will be served following the show.

The event will be held in the theater at the museum and seating will be limited to the first 50 guests.

To make a reservation, or for more information, call the museum at (724) 349-6112.

On Friday evening, Boy Scouts from the Jimmy Stewart Camporee, being held over the weekend at the J.S. Mack Community Center, will visit the museum.

A showing of the Stewart film “Firecreek,” which also stars Henry Fonda and Inger Stevens, will be shown at the museum theater on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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