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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Roger Marshall (1st District of Kansas)

CONCORDIA – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office announced $50,000 investment for new seating in the historic Brown Grand Opera House in Concordia.

“The USDA’s office of Rural Development plays an important role in helping rural Kansas preserve its unique culture and facilities,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. “This administration has prioritized rural America and ensuring communities of all sizes have the needed resources to improve facilities and preserve important landmarks and facilities.” 

The current seating in the opera house is breaking and finding parts for repair has become increasingly difficult. This project will allow the opera house to purchase new seats. Additionally, the second balcony will be returned to its original bench-style seating and 432 new seats will go in the orchestra and first balcony. Upon completion, the opera house will benefit nearly 9,600 people with a safe and accessible educational theater experience, while preserving historical infrastructure. This community partnership is made possible by $160,067 from the local partner.