Kearney County Giving Day 2020 Spotlight: Minden Opera House

Kearney County Giving Day is November 19 and local non-profits are hoping for continued generosity from donors in a year that has been difficult for everyone. Many annual fundraising events have been canceled, but the need for contributions remains. Minden Opera House is grateful for the generosity of all its supporters, especially now.  

The Minden Opera House was built in 1891 by Civil War veteran Wray Thorn. Wray settled in Minden after the Civil War and became a wealthy businessman and opened a general merchandise store. Wray passed away from Bright’s disease two years after building the Opera House. The building was sold to William Shapper, a German immigrant farmer, who owned the building for 13 years then traded the business to Judge Bruno Hostetler in 1912 for farm ground. In its heyday, the Minden Opera House featured plays and Monday night dances that drew traveling bands until entertainment events at the facility ceased in the late 1940’s.

for full story see November 4 Courier