The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana located on Old Threshers grounds in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, dedicated to tent shows, the nationally known Toby and Susie Show, and opera houses of the Midwest, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking and the Grand Reopening June 10th, 2022.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 pm Friday, June 10th, followed by a tour of the completely remodeled museum. The public is cordially invited to attend the Friday ceremony.
The over 900-thousand square foot, two-story museum, is the only one of its kind, showcasing the history of traveling tent theatres and the opera houses that brought fun, enjoyment, and culture to thousands of Americans across the Midwest and beyond from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century. The museum has the largest collection of opera house curtains in the country along with rare Actress Glass, scripts, photos, and show posters, including two newly restored original Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau posters. The museum also houses a research library and the 200 seat James V. Davis Performance Center.
The 50-year-old museum received a complete remodel this past winter and is ready to continue its mission to preserve our midwestern theatrical heritage. The museum is full of memories, fun.
Following the reopening, the museum will be hosting the Annual Theatre History Convention on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th & 12th.
To learn more about the Theatre Museum, visit the museum’s website at thetheatremuseum.com or call 319-386-9432. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment throughout the year. Group tours are available.