Welcome to Seneca Falls, the Real Bedford Falls! Each year, our town celebrates with an It's A Wonderful Life Festival the second weekend in December. But the Museum is open all year round. Stop by! We'd love to see you.
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The 71st Anniversary Celebration of "It's a Wonderful Life" with (left to right) Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey), Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey), Jeanine Roose (Young Violet Bick) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey). Photo by Henry Law
"Every time a bell rings . . . ": (Left to right) Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra's granddaughter), Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey), Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey), Jeanine Roose (Young Violet Bick) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey) attach bells to the bridge in honor of their loved ones. Photo by Henry Law
Thanks to Ed Thurston (far right) and Ed Van Fleet (far left) from Thurston Services who provided the cement and beautiful display cases and to Lou Ferrara (second from right) for organizing this lasting tribute to the four actors from "It's a Wonderful Life." Photo by Henry Law
Actors from "It's a Wonderful Life" present "Bread, Salt & Wine" to Alicia and Jason Carnicelli and their nine children as part of a housewarming ceremony is association with Habitat for Humanity. Menzo Case, President of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Seneca County, and Lou Ferrara, Construction Chair, can be seen to the right. Photo by Henry Law
Karolyn Grimes presents the 14th Annual George Bailey award to Reg Batty and his twin brother Andy (who passed away in August, 2017). Reg passed away less than three weeks after receiving the Award. Photo by Henry Law
World War II Veterans Ed Chase and John Robbins are honored by Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey), other cast members and fans from around the country who attended the Sunday night dinner "Welcome Home, Harry Bailey -- Celebrating the Final Scene of 'It's a Wonderful Life.'" Photo by Henry Law
Actors from "It's a Wonderful Life" join Seneca Falls Postmaster Dawn Waldron to launch the 2017 Bedford Falls Station Holiday Postmark. Photo by Henry law
Presentations by actors and others associated with the film were held at the historic Wesleyan Chapel, Women's Rights National Historical Park. Photo by Henry Law
Autograph signing hosted by the Arc of Seneca Cayuga. Photo by Henry Law
Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins pose for photos at the Welcome Reception hosted by the Seneca Falls Historical Society. Photo by Henry Law
Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins share their experiences in making "It's a Wonderful Life" at a special Holiday Kick-Off Meet and Greet at Del Lago Resort & Casino, prior to the showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" in The Vine. Photo by Anwei Law
Anna Luisi-Ellis directs the Mynderse Academy Chamber Singers prior to the Press Conference at The Seneca Falls It's a Wonderful Life Museum. Photo by Henry Law
Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro welcomes special guests and other visitors to Seneca Falls during a Press Conference at The Seneca Falls It's a Wonderful Life Museum. Photo by Henry Law
Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey) with students in front of the Student Life Office at New York Chiropractic College prior to the Preview Dinner on December 8. Photo by Henry Law
Actor Brian Rohan (Jimmy Stewart/George Bailey) lassoes the moon with Kim DeVay & Sandy Ferrara at the Chemung Canal Trust Company. Photo by Henry Law
The National Women's Hall of Fame honors Virginia Patton Moss ("Ruth Dakin Bailey) and Jeanine Roose ("Young Violet Bick") as part of their Book of Lives and Legacies. Pictured (left to right): Lucile Moss, Marilyn Bero, Margaret Van Vleet, Betty Bayer (Co-chair of the Board of the National Women's Hall of Fame), Jeanine Roose and Pat Alnes. Photo by Henry Law
Andy Stobie & The Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra perform at the "Dance by the Light of the Moon." Photo by Henry Law
Jimmy Hawkins joins Andy Stobie for a medley of songs from "Girl Happy," one of the movies that Jimmy co-starred in with Elvis. Photo by Henry Law
"I finally got to dance with George Bailey" -- Jeanine Roose (Young Violet) -- shown with Brian Rohan as George Bailey; Dance Instructors Doriel and Jasmine from Groove Juice Swing (Rochester) pose for a photo with Karolyn Grimes, Jimmy Hawkins, Jeanine Roose and Brian Rohan. Photo by Henry Law
"Dance by the Light of the Moon" -- winners of the Swing Dance Contest. Photo by Henry Law
Ellen Incarnato and Jean DeLelys, long-time friends of Karolyn Grimes, celebrate the 15th Anniversary of her first visit to Seneca Falls at a special breakfast at The Gould Hotel. Photo by Henry Law
Actor Brian Rohan (Jimmy Stewart/George Bailey) sings "Easy to Love" to Carol Coombs, Karolyn Grimes and Jeanine Roose at the Final Scene Dinner on Sunday night. Ron Owens accompanied him on the accordion. Photo by Henry Law
Joining together to listen to the ringing of the Bells of the Real Bedford Falls. Photo by Henry Law
Bell Ringing Certificate -- Click photo for Bell Ringing Request Form or see link below
Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey) and Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey). Click photo for message from Karolyn Grimes
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The 72nd Anniversary Celebration of “It’s a Wonderful Life” — December 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Thanks to all who attended last year's Festival!
Our regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. However, from March 26-April 15 we will only be open on Fridays and Saturdays. We will also be closed on Good Friday. When there is extreme weather, please call ahead to make sure that we are open — 315-568-5838. We will resume our regular hours on April 17.
Raffle Drawn on December 30, 2017: Zuzu Doll won by Ann from Seneca Falls; Puzzle won by Sharon from Ontario, Canada; Trivia Game/Playing Cards won by Joe from Johnson City, New York. It’s a Wonderful Quilt won on December 10 by Emma from Cape Vincent, New York. Thanks to everyone who helped support our Museum by buying raffle tickets. We’ve just learned there will be another quilt next year. Happy New Year!
To ring a bell for someone who has impacted your life
The bells will ring throughout the "Real Bedford Falls" on December 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm.