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Sturgis in Saint Joseph County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sturges-Young Auditorium

 
 
Sturges-Young Auditorium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 19, 2012
1. Sturges-Young Auditorium Marker
Inscription. The Sturges-Young Auditorium opened in 1955 to fanfare and celebration. The 986-seat multipurpose facility was much larger than would be expected for a small community like Sturgis. Spurred by private donations, the city began construction on the building in 1954. Fort Wayne architect A.M. Strauss provided the Modernist design. Major contributors included the building's namesakes Clara and Stella Sturges and Emma Young, each of whom stipulated in their wills that funds be used for the construction of a civic auditorium. The venue has hosted many famous musicians, comedians, and public figures. On March 22, 1974, bandleader Duke Ellington (1899-1974) give his final performance here, two months before he died.
 
Erected 2006 by Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2169.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 48.108′ N, 85° 25.112′ W. Marker is in Sturgis, Michigan, in Saint Joseph County. Marker is on North Nottawa Street (State Highway 66) north of East West St, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 N. Nottawa St, Sturgis MI 49091, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Sturges-Young Auditorium image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 19, 2012
2. Sturges-Young Auditorium
At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sturgis Prairie (approx. 0.7 miles away); One Hundredth Anniversary of Centreville (approx. 10.1 miles away); St. Joseph County Courthouse (approx. 10.1 miles away); St. Joseph County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Leverett and Amanda Clapp House (approx. 10.2 miles away); Centreville Civil War Monument (approx. 10.5 miles away); The Chicago Road (approx. 10.8 miles away); LaGrange County Honor Rolls - W. W. I, Korea, and Other Service (approx. 10.9 miles away in Indiana).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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