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Memories involving Turner Hall wanted for 150th anniversary
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MONROE - Turner Hall, believed to be the only still-standing, still-operating Swiss Turner Hall remaining in the United States, is celebrating a milestone anniversary next year as it turns 150.

To mark the anniversary, on the weekend of April 28-29, 2018, Turner Hall will join with the Monroe Theatre Guild and the Monroe Arts Center to present a gala celebration of Turner Hall's history since its founding in 1868. The building's story will be told through a variety of arts, including a sit-down dinner of several courses interspersed with theatrical vignettes; Swiss singers and presentations of Swiss cultural arts; historical displays and exhibitions; and artwork.

In preparation for the tribute, organizers would like to hear from anyone in the community or elsewhere who has meaningful memories connected to Turner Hall that they're willing to share. These memories could include people who met their future spouses there; enjoyed dates, balls, dances or other events with special friends; were married at Turner Hall; trained, participated or competed in gymnastics or any number of sports or athletic activities; celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or reunions; sang or performed in musical groups; watched bands or other variety acts perform; participated in fundraisers or other charitable causes; attended celebrity speeches; engaged in military functions; and any other memories of Turner Hall that enrich the story of this long-standing community institution.

Organizers plan to include many of these memories in special ways during the anniversary celebration next year. Recollections can be emailed to or mailed personally to Sue Buetzer, W8891 Smock Valley Road, Browntown, WI, 53522. Include contact information for possible follow-up questions.