Saturday, November 11, 2017

Historic Brandon Auditorium

This unique building was constructed in our hometown as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project during the Great Depression and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  Folks from all over the country stop and ask for a tour of this unusual structure.  They want to know about its construction and the history that goes with it.  They marvel at the wood carvings that were created especially for this building, there are no others like it anywhere.  The huge mural is also a one of a kind work of art.  Its artist has other work displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Philadelphia.  Many community members and even some of our relatives, gave their field rocks, time and sweat working on its construction.  If only the walls could talk about everything they have seen in the past 80 years.  For 21 years all of the Brandon High School graduations were held in this place.  Can you even believe that the Silver Streak Basketball Team played the Harlem Globetrotters here?  Through the years, young people of all ages came from miles around to dance, watch movies and roller skate.  Sixteen big name bands held dances inside these walls on a regular basis.  We can all personally remember the wonderful events that we have attended here.  We can all be very proud to have this well used treasure in our town.  It is up to each of us to try to help preserve this special building in any way that we can so that many others may also enjoy it in the future.

  Brandon History Center

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