Heading downtown

Pop-Up Museum will incorporate community development ideas with glimpses of the past

-Submitted photo
The former Dodge Theatre is pictured in this vintage image of downtown Fort Dodge.

Main Street Fort Dodge is inviting the public to help build a Pop-Up Museum downtown on Wednesday.

This is the second Build a Better Block event hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1018 Central Ave.

At the event, attendees will help transform the vacant former Dodge Theatre into a pop-up museum celebrating Fort Dodge’s history in the film and production industry.

Participants will not only help build the museum, and afterwards they can enjoy movie refreshments, live music by Dave Hearn, live portrayers, kids activities, and historic displays of Fort Dodge’s theaters, and significant film contributors such as Lili Damita, Sam Arkoff, and Gene Ross.

The Build a Better Block program focuses on revitalizing neighborhoods incrementally through small, but impactful, projects that enhance safety, access, stay power and amenities.

The Main Street Fort Dodge Pop-Up Museum goal is to help envision what could be in the historic Dodge Theatre, as well as simply celebrating Fort Dodge’s rich community past.

Contact Kris Patrick, Main Street Fort Dodge executive director, for more information at kris@mainstreetfd.org or 515-573-3172.