- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Keep Beatrice Beautiful has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Keep America Beautiful Community Paint Donation Program to help upkeep the interior of the Beatrice City Auditorium.

The Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1MBCi5o ) reports that program officials will use the money to purchase 400 gallons of cream-colored, specialized paint to coat the interior walls.

Public Properties Director Mark Pethoud said the last time the building received a fresh coat of paint was 25 years ago. Officials hope to start painting as soon as possible, but do not believe it will be completed before Feb. 28 when the auditorium hosts a youth basketball tournament.

Construction on the auditorium was started in 1939, but the building wasn’t completed until 1940. It has remained an important piece of the town’s history.

“When they laid the cornerstone, everything in town was called off,” according to Keep Beatrice Beautiful director Linda Grell. “The schools were called off, businesses shut down and they had a big parade. You have to put yourself back in that time. It was finished in 1940, but the cornerstone was laid in 1939. It was the depression and it was just going into World War II.

The auditorium was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com


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