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Timbercrest Retirement Center: “A New Beginning for the Eagles Theatre”
October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
“A New Beginning for the Eagles Theatre”
Monday, October 14th, the NM Historical Society will host Ms. Cathy Gatchel, Vice-President of Development and Marketing at the Honeywell Foundation as she shares news of the renovation of the Eagles Theatre in downtown Wabash. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public at no cost and will be of interest to all ages as many of us anticipate the re-opening of the theatre.
Ms. Gatchel, a native of Wabash County, has been with the Foundation for 13 years. As VP of Development and Marketing she led the successful fund-raising campaign for the Eagles Renovation Project in Wabash. Prior to her work with the Honeywell Foundation, Gatchel worked as the Director of the Manchester Fund at Manchester University.
The Eagles Theatre was built in 1906 and provided a stage to many vaudeville performances. More recently, the venue was very popular as a movie house also hosting live performances including a blues and comedy series. The historic building was purchased by the Honeywell Foundation in 2010. Long range plans to refurbish the building and to create a performing arts center received a huge boost when it was designated as a pillar of the Stellar Community Grant that the city of Wabash received in 2014. The building was closed in 2017 and for two years has been undergoing an extensive renovation encompassing the entire building. Gatchel will be sharing updates on the project as well as showing video of the work in progress.
“A New Beginning for the Eagles Theatre” is part of a monthly series of programs the North Manchester Historical Society hosts on the second Monday of each month. All programs are free to the public. The North Manchester Center for History is also pleased to have been chosen by the Smithsonian Institution to host their Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, March 21-May 2, 2020. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. If you are interested in becoming involved with this exhibit contact the Center at [email protected].