Month: July 2017

Fiddlers, Dancers, and…Boxers?: The End of an Era in Corning, Iowa

The audience was in a great mood. They had just heard some fantastic music, and were ready for more. The management did not disappoint. Billy McKee came out from behind the curtain, his instrument in his hands. Billy played the bones, an instrument that… Continue Reading “Fiddlers, Dancers, and…Boxers?: The End of an Era in Corning, Iowa”

Frederick Reese: Making Sure the Masses are Entertained at the Corning Opera House

Last week, we learned about how southwest Iowa businessman Frederick Reese pushed to build the Corning Opera House. This week, stop over and see how and what kinds of entertainment he provided to the masses of southwest Iowa!

Bringing the Image of Culture to the Iowa Frontier – Frederick Reese and The Corning Opera House

The Corning Opera House in Corning, Iowa, was made to stand out, and stand out it does! It’s one of my favorite places in southwest Iowa, and I’m honored to be able to share some of its long history with you! Come over and see how it came into being!

Z.T. Widener: The Story of a Man Whose Mark Still Remains on Corning, Iowa

                The building stands on Davis Avenue in Corning, directly across from a park. On a street that is full of character, this multistory brick structure sets itself apart. Its exterior is covered in metal and stone ornamentation, and the name “Z.T. Widener” is… Continue Reading “Z.T. Widener: The Story of a Man Whose Mark Still Remains on Corning, Iowa”