With the newly renovated JVHS auditorium about to be dedicated and named the Bob Barr Auditorium on Dec. 10th at 7 p.m. as a part of the Bob Barr Community Band concert, I decided to reblog the article about the historical value of the auditorium.
When I mentioned the Three Arts League in the post about renovating the Jordan High auditorium, it triggered thoughts about the League and what it meant to Columbus. It was founded in 1927 and ended in 1975, according to Joe Mahan’s history Columbus: Georgia’s Fall Line “Trading Town.
The League did indeed bring some really big names to the Jordan stage for a number of years. The best source I could find about that was Mrs. Francis Virgina Norman, better known as Virginia Norman, daughter of the late Mrs. A. Illges, better known as Virginia Illges. She was president of the League from 1949 to 1967, according to Dr. Mahan. He wrote, “For many years the scheduling, local arrangements, and general excellence of these performances were managed by Mrs. A. Illeges.”
I asked Mrs. Norman if she could remember when the League first started using Jordan’s auditorium, and the names of some…
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