With the sale of the Marion Building, the Mauch Chunk Historical Society has successfully paid off its debts. To celebrate the completion of payments on the Mauch Chunk Opera House mortgage, festivities and a celebratory “Mortage Burning” will take place from 2 to 4 PM at the Opera House at 14 W Broadway in Jim Thorpe. The burning of the mortgage will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, July 17.
Since 1973, the Mauch Chunk Historical Society has worked to give the history of the Carbon County and Jim Thorpe area a future through the preservation of the Mauch Chunk Opera House and the promotion of cultural and historical events. The Opera House, which was presented to the public in 1882, was built for $30,000 dollars, the funds donated by thirteen individuals, including Harry E. Packer, James I. Blakslee, and Mahlon S. Kemmerer.
Originally, the Opera House was used for stage performances, but also held an open air market on the ground floor, and town administrative offices in the upper levels. The history of the Opera House is intricately tied with the history of Jim Thorpe.
The Opera House was purchased and refurbished by the historical society in the 1980’s, and it is currently used as a concert hall and home for the historical society.
Join the Mauch Chunk Historical Society in a truly joyous affair as it celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in Opera House, and indeed, Jim Thorpe’s, history.