Date:   12/20/1999

National Register and State Register of Historic Places

Ronald G. Hagstrom, President of Birchcrest, Inc. (owner of Thrasher’s Opera House) is pleased to announce he has received notification from Alicia L. Goehring, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, that Thrasher’s Opera House, 506 Mill Street, Green Lake, Wisconsin, was listed in the National Register and State Register of Historic Places by the Secretary of the Interior on August 10, 1999.

The listing comes approximately 16 months after the original nomination was filed with the Division of Historic Preservation, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, by Della Rucker of Rucker Historical Research, a Green Bay firm hired by Birchcrest, Inc. to complete the nomination process.

Established in 1989, Wisconsin’s State Register of Historic Places lists state resources that are important because of their historical, architectural, engineering, archeological or cultural significance.  The list includes districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant to the national, state, or local level; it also serves as the “trigger” for state historical preservation benefits and protection.  A resource listed in the State Register must meet at least one of four criteria, be at least fifty years old, and should not have been significantly altered.  Wisconsin properties are nominated simultaneously to the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  Hagstrom was previously notified that Thrasher’s Opera House was listed on the State Register of Historic Places as of April 16, 1999. Thrasher’s Opera House was designated a City of Green Lake Historic Structure on August 11, 1998.

The National Historical Preservation Act of 1966 established the National Register of Historic Places, the official listing of the nation’s cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation.  The National Register, maintained by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, includes properties of national, state and local significance.

The Thrasher Opera House Corporation, a non-profit organization, manages Thrasher’s Opera House.  For more information on Thrasher’s Opera House, or a calendar of current events, please contact: Alan Hagstrom, Executive Director, at: (920) 294-4279.

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