Committed volunteers have given countless hours of work to our theatre. For two decades the Holland has been encouraged and led by this continuous string of volunteers. Please let us know if you’re interested in participating – there are many ways to do so!
Some Notable Moments from the Restoration Progress thus Far:
The Fall of 2019 marked the Grand Re-Opening of The Holland Theatre after the 3 year 1.6 million dollar campaign led by The Jeffris Family Foundation Challenge Grant. Many community businesses and hundreds of families stepped forward to create the financial momentum to make this a successful project. The Holland is forever indebted to the professional leadership from Karen Beasley of Beasley Architecture and Marker Construction.
Prior to this initiative, The Holland Theatre had already attracted support from within the community and at the city, county, state and federal levels. The purchase of the Holland was made possible through a generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knowlton in 1999. This $135,000 gift allowed the Logan County Landmark Preservation, Inc., to acquire the property. Following this, the county’s leading corporate citizen, Honda of America, made a $75,000 donation. Then State Representative Tony Core and State Senator Larry Mumper secured a $250,000 grant from the State of Ohio. In a gesture of support and confidence, both the Logan County Commissioners and the City of Bellefontaine have made gifts to the Holland project. These funds were used primarily to complete emergency repairs and to secure the theatre from further deterioration.
A Community Development Block Grant was obtained through the Logan County Commissioners and was used to completely upgrade and rebuild the women’s restroom, making it a large, roomy, modern facility that meets the handicapped standards of today. This grant also upgraded electrical systems on the stage.
In 2005, The Holland received a $200,000 “Save America’s Treasures” federal project grant. This was a matching grant used to start to raising funds for a new heating and cooling system for the historic Holland Theatre. At this time, $100,000 was appropriated for the Holland Theatre, administered through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, to improve technical services.
More than 45,000 hours of volunteer labor have been donated by citizens. Dozens of enthusiastic individuals have repaired and patched plumbing and electrical systems, hauled tons of trash, removed damaged materials, cleared rooms packed with broken equipment and discarded furniture, and presented the Holland project in public through lectures, presentations, performances and building tours.
We are proud of how far the project of saving The Holland has come and look forward to continual progress.