October 17th, 2008 by Ralphie
As a boy, Steven Siedlecki often visited the Tremont area of Cleveland and can remember driving past the famous house that was used in “A Christmas Story.” A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Siedlecki was always intrigued by the house due to the huge popularity of the film. When he heard that California-native Brian Jones had purchased the house and was interested in turning it into a museum, Siedlecki knew he had to be a part of the project.
One day after an article appeared in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer about Jones and his plans to renovate the home in March 2005, Siedlecki sent a letter to the fellow fan explaining his interest in the project. After only a few phone conversations, Jones hired Siedlecki to run the East Coast operations for his Red Rider Leg Lamp company and named him director and curator of A Christmas Story House & Museum.
A Christmas Story House takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes of the classic Christmas film. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum and gift shop where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.
For the opening of A Christmas Story House on Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, Siedlecki oversaw the complete renovation of the house. The extensive renovations required a strong eye for detail, a strong familiarity of the movie and a good knowledge of the area, something Siedlecki had gained in his previous experience. He oversees the operation of the house, museum and gift shop and manages a staff of 10 year-round employees plus seasonal help during the busy holiday season.
Prior to joining Jones and A Christmas Story House, Siedlecki worked at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where he specialized in research for the Education Department and moved into conducting tours for the Interpretation Department.
Siedlecki graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in business administration. He resides in Cleveland.
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