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June 7, 2014

First Saturdays at THS

Have you ever stopped into THS on a Saturday?

In addition to keeping regular office hours during the week, THS is also open one Saturday a month for people who are interested in conducting research or helping us with volunteer projects.

This upcoming Saturday, June 7th from 9:30am-2pm, we invite you to come and visit us at the THS main office in Elmhurst above the York Theatre. The full staff will be here, and we’d love to meet you.

If you’ve always wanted a Conclave Theatre Tour to go to a place you’ve never been to before, Rick will be here with an open chair.

If you’ve been interested in pitching an article for consideration in Marquee, Janine will be here to take notes for the new Managing Editor Holly Berecz.

If you want to get your hands deep into the collections or help us process items, Pat will be here with an extra set of white gloves.

If you just want to stop in and say hi, Megan will be here to tell you more about the exhibit up in the gallery.

If you’re interested in volunteering or doing research, kindly let us know if advance via email so we’re prepared for you.

We hope to see you!

Start: June 7, 2014 9:30 am
End: June 7, 2014 2:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

May 15, 2014

Deadline: Member of the Year Nominations

The Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organizational member of THS who has continuously demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and contribution to the Society and its purposes, or been instrumental in work on outside projects in keeping with the aims of THS.

[Click here to find out more and nominate someone.]

Date: May 15, 2014

Deadline: Honorary Member of the Year Award Nominations

The Honorary Member of the Year Award recognizes a non-member individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding efforts for THS or been instrumental in work outside the organization in keeping with its purposes.

[Click here to find out more and nominate someone.]

Date: May 15, 2014

March 29, 2014

Redford Theatre Tour & Movie

Join us on March 29, 2014 in at the Redford Theatre in Detroit, MI for a pre-film tour of the theatre and an 8PM showing of the classic movie-musical Singin’ in the Rain.

Event Details:
Date: March 29th, 2014
Event Time: Tour 6:30PM | Organ Concert 7:30PM | Film 8PM
Location: The Redford Theatre | 17360 Lahser Road | Detroit, MI 48219
Price: $10 for members* / $15 for non-members. [Purchase tickets to this event online.]

Find out more about the Redford Theatre online.

Start: March 29, 2014 6:30 pm
End: March 29, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Redford Theatre
17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI, 48219, United States
Cost: $10 MEM / $15 Non-Mem

March 15, 2014

Deadline: Board of Director Nominations

THS is pleased to put out its annual CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the Board of Directors.

Who is eligible: Any member in good standing.

Who we are seeking: Interested individuals who share a commitment to helping THS excel as the foremost theatre archival/historical organization in the U.S.

Desirable Qualifications: General appreciation and knowledge of historic theatres. Skill or experience in any of the following areas – finance, fundraising, computers, public relations, publicity, marketing, historic preservation. Previous experience serving on a board of directors.

Deadline for Nominations: March 15, 2014.

[Find out the full details and fill out the nomination form.]

Date: March 15, 2014
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 25, 2014

THS Board of Directors Meeting

Join us at the THS headquarters in Elmhurst, IL for the bi-annual Board Meeting.

This meeting is open to all members of THS.

Start: January 25, 2014 1:00 pm
End: January 25, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 24, 2014

2014 Open House & Dedication Ceremony



ELMHURST, IL – You’re cordially invited to join the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) on January 24, 2014 for a public Open House from 6-8 P.M. at its headquarters above the York Theatre in Elmhurst.

During the event, THS will also unveil the new Willis & Shirley Johnson and Classic Cinemas Research & Education Center, named after local philanthropists Willis and Shirley Johnson whose Tivoli Enterprises, Inc./Classic Cinemas provided leadership support for the THS office renovation project this past fall.


“We have the largest collection of theatre architecture-related materials in North America and we wanted to make sure our space was best suited for researchers coming to visit Elmhurst and our collections,” said Richard Fosbrink, Executive Director about the renovation.


“We were extremely lucky to have the generous support of Willis and Shirley Johnson in this project. In recognition of their leadership support, we’re thrilled to name our new Research & Education Center after them in gratitude.”


The Open House is open to the public, RSVP is recommended.



Date: January 24, 2014

Time:     6-8 P.M.

7 PM: Official dedication honoring Willis & Shirley Johnson

Location: Theatre Historical Society of America, 152 N York Street, 2nd Floor Elmhurst, IL 60126

Admission: Free, RSVP encouraged

RSVP: [Click here to RSVP.]


Read the press release here.

Start: January 24, 2014 6:00 pm
End: January 24, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 6, 2014

Online Registration for Conclave Opens

Online registration for the 2014 Conclave Theatre Tour is now open. Register online today!

Date: January 6, 2014

December 31, 2013

Deadline: Weiss Award Entries

The competition is intended to encourage interest in research and writing on historic theatres and to provide additional content for Marquee®, the quarterly journal of the Society. Certificates and monetary prizes are awarded for the winning entries.

[Click here to find out more and apply online.]

Date: December 31, 2013

Deadline: Book of the Year Nominations

The Outstanding Theatre Book of the Year Award recognizes the book judged to have best exemplified documentation and appreciation of historic theatres. Nominations are voted on by the Board of Directors and the award is presented at the awards banquet during the annual Conclave each June.

[Click here to find out more and submit a title.]

Date: December 31, 2013
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