The Jimmy Stewart Museum in western Pennsylvania is rebounding, after flirting with disaster.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Wednesday that the museum was considering closing in 2010 due to a funding shortfall. But like the 1947 classic "It's a Wonderful Life," some good Samaritans stepped in to help the small museum, which is located in Stewart's hometown of Indiana, Pa. That's about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Museum director Tim Harley says that in 2012 Ken and Carol Schultz began donating $25,000 per year to help keep the museum open.
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"We never had any linkage to Indiana or the Stewart family, said Ken Schultz, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. "He was just a favorite actor of ours. We thought, 'There's one guy who really does stand out here and represents our character." The Schultz family lives in San Diego.
The museum showcases artifacts from Stewart's family, including his childhood bed, movie memorabilia, costumes, scripts and the front door from his Beverly Hills home.