By 1898, the Village of Red Jacket (now Calumet) had a sizeable surplus in its treasury. Local leaders decided to expand the town hall with the addition of a 1,200 seat opera house. The theater opened on March 20, 1900, with a touring Broadway production of Reginald DeKoven’s The Highwaymen. Over the years, numerous well-known performers made their way to Red Jacket, including John Phillip Sousa, Sarah Bernhardt, Jason Robards, Sr. and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The historic opera house gives us a glimpse into the lives of the village's residents; as everyone from miners to company presidents attended perfomances here.
Did You Know?
Alexander Agassiz, President of Calumet & Hecla Mining Company from 1871 to 1910, was the son of famed naturalist and Harvard professor, Louis Agassiz. Alexander's interest in copper mining was to fund his scientific travels. He became a specialist in marine ichthyology - the study of fish. More...