4th of July Open House Celebration at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

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Celebrate July 4th with Thalian Association Community Theatre at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center open house! The public is invited to join us between 12:00 – 4:00 pm when staff will be in 1940’s era costumes, serving free coffee, and doughnuts courtesy of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts with sodas at the WWII price of 5 cents, along with Cape Fear Swing Dance dancing all afternoon!

Visitors can step back in time in the lobby in the Hannah Block Historic USO Building, restored to its 1943 appearance complete with reproduction furnishings and WWII exhibits. The exhibits include memorials to Medal of Honor recipients Charles Murray and Billy Halyburton, a painting of building namesake Hannah Block, WWII memorabilia, a tribute to the 9th & Nixon USO, and the National WWII Memorial Giclee. An exciting new exhibit was just installed, a WWII era phone booth complete with vintage phone and Bell Telephone System posters.
The documentary film Home Away From Home – the USO at 2nd and Orange will be shown all afternoon on the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. The 5-minute film was produced in 2016 by Emmy nominated filmmaker Rob Hill to honor the 75th anniversary of the Historic USO Building. The film captures the building’s rich history beginning with WWII, the transition to a community center and how it continues to serve our community today.

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