Seneca Falls Gets New 'It's A Wonderful Life' Museum

Friday, December 24, 2010

Most people have seen at least part of the Frank Capra Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life." The 1946 drama, starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as Mary Hatch, was set in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, New York.

But residents of Seneca Falls, New York have long thought that their mill town—probably best known for America's first women's rights convention in 1848—was Capra's inspiration. Earlier this month, the Idea Center for the Voices of Humanity opened "The Seneca Falls It's A Wonderful Life Museum" in the former Seneca theater. Actress Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the film, cut the ribbon for the new museum.

WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson spoke to Greg Cotterill, station manager for WEOS Public Radio and a Seneca Falls resident, about the new one-room museum and Seneca Falls' connection to Capra.


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