Street Address
405 East Threshers Road
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Mailing Address
405 East Threshers Road
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
phone: 319-385-9432
fax: 319-385-0563
e-mail: theatremuseum@iowatelecom.net
web: thetheatremuseum.com
Hours
Please phone.
Admissions
Adults: $3, 14 & under with paid adult: Free
Museum Type(s)
Staff

Description

Built and maintained by the Midwest old Settlers and Threshers Association, Inc., the Museum of Repertoire Americana officially opened September 1, 1973, reflecting the long-time dream of repertoire theatre company owners and actors Neil and Caroline Schaffner. The museum is dedicated to the preservation of memorabilia and artifacts of early repertoire theatre. The collection includes numerous painted curtains and scenic pieces; costumes and equipment used by individual performers and technicians; playbills, show cards, advertising sheets, etc.; and an extensive research library of rare scripts, correspondence, tour schedules, production photos and other original source materials. Of special interest is the large collection of videotaped interviews with actual “troupers” describing their professional and personal experiences.

Mission

NATIONAL SOCIETY for the PRESERVATION of TENT, FOLK and REPERTOIRE THEATRE; About the National Society for the Preservation of Tent, Folk and Repertoire Theatre: Formally incorporated in 1968, the purpose of the National Society is to help preserve the memorabilia and culture of tent, folk and repertoire theatre and to facilitate literary endeavors, scholarly research and public enjoyment and enlightenment. Members of the Society meet for seminars and other events, provide volunteer assistance in the Museum and its research collection, and engage in fund raising activities on behalf of the Museum. Membership is open to anyone who shares the organization’s goals.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes