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jimmy stewart 'Mr, kruegers christmas'

Step into the past at the Miracle of America Museum and hear a reading of the “Christmas Story” followed a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas.” Bring your favorite treat to share and enjoy with others for the event, that takes place on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

“Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” is a 1980 made for TV film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Keith Merrill. 

Jimmy Stewart plays Willy Krueger, a widowed apartment janitor who daydreams of escaping his lonely life. He muses about being a man of culture and means as the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and imagines himself in the stable with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus.

Along with hosting the holiday event, the museum hosts a free “Second Thursday” evening program each month. Each program begins at 6:30 p.m. 

The upcoming programs for 2015 are:

“Journey to the Titanic,” Jan. 8. Join artist Roger Bansemer for a showing of his 2005 dive to the Titanic and his painting of it as he viewed it through the dive vessels viewport.

“Timberjack,” Feb. 12. This is a 1955 movie starring Sterling Hayden, Vera Ralston and Hoagy Carmichael. Filmed in Bonner, Polson, Glacier National Park and others parts of northwest Montana and Idaho, the film shows the authentic history of period logging.

“Meet Herman Schnitzmeyer,” March 12. This is a presentation by Dennis Kellog on Schnitzmeyer, a showing of recently uncovered photographs and a display of his original photo equipment.

Founded in 1981 by Gil and Joanne Mangels, the Miracle of America museum contains more than 5 acres of American history.

Gil grew up 5 miles south of Polson. His first remembers recognizing an “art form” at an early age during a picnic at Skidoo Bay when he found a “special” small rock.

“My mother told me that it was an Indian arrowhead and I should save it,” Gil said. “That was just the beginning. Soon I was dragging old horse shoes, wrenches and other neat stuff home from my grandparent’s farm, much to my father’s dismay. My collecting hobby went awry and ultimately became the nucleus for the Miracle of America Museum which I founded some 40 years later.”

The museum contains everything from the walking plow to story of the astronauts walk on the moon. The museum is open daily at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

For more information or to become a friend of the museum, visit, or call 883-6804.

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