It’s A Wonderful Road Trip

We are hitting the road!

We will use this trip as a way to do additional research on “It’s A Wonderful Life.”  The road trip will connect people from all walks of life through their common love for this film.  We will travel across the country through small towns, big cities, National Parks and also visit places and people connected with the film and the preservation of its history.  We will conduct research in different archives and museums and interview people along the way about what this iconic film means to them.  We will issue press releases, sharing interesting facts we learn as well as excerpts from our interviews. The trip will help us bring new materials back for the Museum, build our archives and also generate awareness and financial support for the Museum as part of our Indiegogo fundraising campaign.

It’s A Wonderful Road Trip – Itinerary

August 1           Karolyn Grimes launches the It’s A Wonderful Road Trip in Port Orchard, WA

August 2-4       Drive from Port Orchard to Provo, UT via Boise, ID

August 5 & 6    Provo:  Jimmy Stewart Collection, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

Note:  Although he was a Presbyterian, Jimmy Stewart donated his personal collection to BYU after he worked with the LDS Church on “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” in which he directs the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  The collection includes his Oscar.  Research the collection and attend public rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

August 7-11     Drive from Provo to Denison, IA – Donna Reed’s Hometown via Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.  South Dakota is the only state from which we have not had a visitor to The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum, so we will deliver a personal invitation at the most recognizable spot in South Dakota.

August 12-13   Denison, IA – Donna Reed Museum & Archives; Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts; W.A. McHenry Museum House (where Donna Reed’s 1953 Oscar is displayed); Donna Reed Birthplace.

August 14     Drive from Denison to Grayslake, IL via Omaha, NB.  In Omaha, visit and photograph Henry Fonda’s boyhood home.  Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were lifelong friends, having lived together when they first started out as actors.

August 17   Grayslake, IL – Meet with Richard Goodson, the foremost collector of “It’s A Wonderful Life” photographs, artifacts and memorabilia in the world.

August 19   Indiana, Pa – Visit the birthplace and hometown of Jimmy Stewart, which is the location of the Jimmy Stewart Museum.

August 20   Return to Seneca Falls, NY . . . The Real Bedford Falls.