Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Gainesville Servicemen's Center / Thelma Boltin Center
The Gainesville Serviceman's Center
The City of Gainesville purchased the Servicemenís Center lot on December 7th 1942. The Federal Works Agency constructed a $37,000 building with a ballroom, stage, dressing rooms, second floor reading room, three showers, three telephone booths for long distance calls, a coat check room, a 20-foot-long snack bar, and a kitchen with a ten-burner stove. The FWA provided sofas and easy chairs, a baby grand piano, a fiddle, trombone, radio, juke box, and a victrola. The city paid for kitchen equipment, flowered drapes, the mantle mirror, ping pong and snooker tables. They also paved NE 2nd Avenue and laid sidewalks. The Garden Club supplied and installed plants. Senator Claude Pepper dedicated the building on July 23rd 1943. Servicemen from Camp Blanding, the Alachua Army Air Base, the Officer Candidate School and the 62nd College Training Detachment attended events organized by program director Thelma Boltin (1904-1992) seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM that included dances, plays, variety shows, sing alongs, chess, pinochle and bingo. Outdoor activities included badminton, barbeque and shuffleboard. Civic clubs provided funds and hostesses for meals including 400 dinners on Thanksgiving.
Thelma Boltin Center
The city bought the building for $12,500
Erected 2008 by The Alachua County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-645.)
Location. 29° 39.205′ N, 82° 19.245′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on Northeast 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. East Florida Seminary (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Gainesville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matheson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Gainesville Skirmish / Battle of Gainesville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish Cattle Ranching (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roper Park / Old City Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldier Memorial (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); "The Great Endurance Run" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Also see . . .
1. Thelma Ann Boltin at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 18, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Claude Denson Pepper at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 18, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Education • Entertainment • War, World II •
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