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The Ritz Theatre to host virtual tours with Tiffin Historic Trust as part of Ohio Open Doors program

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TIFFIN — Tiffin Historic Trust and The Ritz Theatre will take part in Ohio Open Doors Sept. 11–20.

The Ohio Open Doors program has presented a solution to the Tiffin Historic Trust not being able to offer an in-person Behind the Façade tour this fall.

The preservation organization is collaborating with The Ritz Theatre to present an inside look at Tiffin’s award-winning historic theatre, from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20.

Tiffin Historic Trust invites you to enjoy a free virtual tour of The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, a 1928 Italian Renaissance structure.  Renovated in the 1990s with the assistance of many local volunteers, The Ritz now offers artistic and educational programming for the northwest Ohio area.

In 2019 Heritage Ohio named The Ritz the Historic Theatre of the Year.  A 3-minute video tour will be accessible through the Tiffin Historic Trust’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tiffinhistoric.trust and The Ritz Theatre website https://ritztheatre.org/ from September 11-20, 2020.

In addition, photos of past shows and theatre history will be posted daily.  Visitors are invited to reminisce and add details about each photo.

The Tiffin Historic Trust was established in 1976 to promote historic preservation in Tiffin. The restored Ritz Theatre is one of many local structures that have been restored and are contributing to a more vibrant life in downtown Tiffin.

During this time when we would normally be celebrating Heritage Weekend, the virtual tour of one of Tiffin’s success stories is most appropriate.

The Ritz Theatre tour is just one of many being held around the state. This year, Ohio’s historic places will share their stories virtually, with a full listing of events and activities available at ohiohistory.org/opendoors.

In addition, Ohio History Connection, the state history organization, is placing a special spotlight on historic theaters and opera houses across Ohio during its Ohio Open Doors programs. With closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, these important places in our communities need support more than ever.

Discover even more of Ohio’s amazing heritage Fri., Sept. 11 through Sun., Sept. 20, as historic buildings and landmarks across our state open their doors virtually for online tours and events during the statewide Ohio History Connection event Ohio Open Doors.  Explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage.

For further information about The Ritz Theatre event contact Vicki Ohl at 419-448-8588.

All Ohio Open Doors events are free and available online.

“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured places,” says Amanda Schraner Terrell, Director of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. “Our theaters and opera houses are tremendously significant to our shared history. We’re using this event to highlight their impact in our communities and to encourage support for them during this difficult time.”

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are on the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org/opendoors.

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