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The Harbor Beach Community House property was deeded to the school district by George J. Jenks and Anna Belle J. Scranton in 1917. The stipulation was that the building was to be used for community activities and that local revenue from taxes, rentals, and etc. would maintain it.
In 1926 the building burned, destroying the gymnasium, city council rooms, city clerk’s office, American Legion room, Women’s Club room, and badly damaged the theater at the north end of the building. The community immediately made plans to rebuild the Community House. There have been some remodeling and minor changes but the building, as it stands, was completed in 1927.
The building now contains a theater and auditorium that can seat 405 people for stage shows as well as movies. The gymnasium, which is used extensively, acted as a school gym and community activity center until about 1960. There are also special rooms that are maintained for groups from the community including the Boy Scouts.
The Public Library was originally formed by combining the library of Sand Beach Township, the Woman’s Club library, the City of Harbor Beach library and the school library. This was then called the Community Library, and was located in the southwest corner of the new Community House completed in 1927.
The Public Library became a district library on July 1, 1994.
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