Sumter Opera House to Open Historical Exhibit Next Month
SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) – A new historical exhibit will open at the Sumter Opera House in October, celebrating its longstanding presence in the Midlands community.
“The Sumter Opera House has survived the Great Depression, hurricanes, fires, and floods,” said Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen. “Through live performances, big screen movies, local graduation ceremonies, and other events, the building has continuously connected the community to art and each other. This exhibit is an extraordinary testament to the vision and determination of city officials over a century who pledged to maintain Sumter’s history.”
A grand opening will take place October 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Community members are invited to partake by sharing their memories of the performance hall.
City officials said the project was made possible through a collaboration with the Sumter County Museum, which provided many of the artifacts on display in the exhibit. Residents also donated pieces and information.
Seth Reimer, cultural director of the Sumter Opera House, said the city was also awarded a $100,000 grant through the South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department and its Undiscovered South Carolina Program.
“Sections of the exhibit will focus on important performers that have graced the stage, its significance within the Sumter community, and a special look at the inside of the clock tower,” said Reimer. “There are even sections of the exhibit directed at children, to allow for all ages to find something of interest within the exhibit.”
The exhibit will be open to patrons weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.