Grant to help century-old auditorium make changes

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Pictured: Chautauqua Auditorium (Photo from shelbyvillechautauqua.org) Pictured: Chautauqua Auditorium (Photo from shelbyvillechautauqua.org)

ILLINOIS (WAND) – Grant money will help several historic preservation projects across the state move forward.

Landmarks Illinois is providing a total of $15,800 to five projects through the Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program. Leaders of the organization approved the grants on March 22.

The five gifts include:

  • $1,300: Headstone restoration at Boardman Cemetery in Bolingbrook
  • $5,000: McCormick House entry restoration in Elmhurst
  • $2,000: Roof repairs on the McKee House in Churchill Woods Forest Preserve
  • $2,500: exterior wood siding repair on the Gov. John Wood Mansion in Quincy
  • $5,000: shore up work on the Chautauqua Auditorium building in Shelbyville

Since it first opened in 1903, the auditorium has played host to concerts, meetings and other events. A project website details future plans for the site, which it says will include the creation of the Chautauqua Museum, a site that would honor local history.

Project leaders envision the auditorium being used for bridal shows, flea markets, movie screenings, services and a number of other events.

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