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Kutztown Community Partnership is a community-driven non-profit organization dedicated to the economic revitalization and preservation of Kutztown. The Partnership serves as a liaison to build community, to forge positive relationships, and to foster cultural and economic collaboration in this historic college town. Kutztown Community Partnership envisions Kutztown as an inclusive community that welcomes all our best efforts: to get an education, to do business, and to live well at every stage of our lives.

Kutztown Community Partnership Statement
Regarding the Strand Theatre

In response to various petitions, online commentary, and community chatter, Kutztown Community Partnership would like to further elaborate on its goals with the Kutztown Strand Theatre.

 

On March 14, 2022, Paul Angstadt, owner of the Strand, issued a letter of intent, expressing his interest to sell the Strand and the property at 32 N Whiteoak Street to a non-profit organization, specifically KCP, with appropriate terms, including a financial contingency.  

 

Through collaborative and helpful efforts with Paul’s Estate, KCP is humbled to still have the opportunity to further Paul’s vision and keep the Strand an important staple of our community. However, any sale to KCP is still contingent on the approval of adequate grant funding. Additionally, after any sale to KCP, preservation of the Strand would require further funding through operating revenue streams, additional grants, and donations, just like other non-profit projects.

 

If KCP ultimately purchases the Strand, it is our intention to still show movies on a regular basis.  We also think the space could be used by the community for events, functions, and other related purposes to benefit Kutztown.  This is to be a community space, envisioned and used by the community.   That said, NO specific uses of the Strand other than showing movies have been determined yet.  Items such as codes, costs, staffing, etc. would also have to be evaluated before any proposed uses could be finalized. 

 

Please know that KCP’s goal is to continue and revitalize the Strand’s legacy. We hope to see the community come together to share their ideas, donate their time, and help us formulate a plan.  In other words, KCP would be the host and the community would be the user and guide.  

 

Kutztown Community Partnership encourages anyone interested in helping with the future of the Strand to visit our website at https://www.kutztownpartnership.org and complete our contact form to be a part of this journey.

 

We thank everyone in advance for sharing their passion and interest in the future of the Kutztown Strand Theatre. 

 

Respectfully,

Kutztown Community Partnership

Sandy Green – Community Liaison

Allison Fuller- President

Peter Smith- Vice President

Jeromy Curry- Secretary

Amanda Garcia – Treasurer

Christian Temchatin – Board Member

George Kusterer- Board Member

Jonathan Quier- Board Member

Alexander Elliker- Board Member

Ellen Overcast – Board Member

THE WALL THAT HEALS
COMING TO KUTZTOWN, SEPTEMBER  21 - SEPTEMBER 24, 2023

For more information and volunteer opportunities, contact the Kutztown Community Partnership office at 484-646-9069 or email sandygreenkcp@hometownu.com

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to KUTZTOWN, PA to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience The Wall,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “Hosting The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

 

The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

 

The mobile Education Center exhibit includes: digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit; digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

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