Scranton Cultural Center Plans Virtual 90th Anniversary Celebration, Announces Call for Submissions

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This year marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Scranton’s historic Masonic Temple, which has served as the home of the Scranton Cultural Center over three decades.  And although the facility is currently closed due to government guidelines, it won’t stop the organization from celebrating this monumental milestone.

“Before the pandemic outbreak, we were brainstorming ideas for an on-site celebration, because we believe our building doesn’t just belong to us, but the entire community,” says Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “Now, we’ve opted to shift our celebration to the digital sphere as a way to look back on 90 years of history and bring the community together during a time when we all need it the most.”

The Cultural Center also recently took to social media to celebrate its 20th Annual Evening of Fine Food and Wine during the week of April 19, as the milestone event was postponed due to current restrictions.  It is in the process of being rescheduled for later this year.

The virtual 90th anniversary celebration will kick-off on May 18, which marks the official anniversary of the building’s opening in 1930. Until then, the Scranton Cultural Center invites patrons to share and submit their memories of the facility from over the years.  Suggested submissions include:

  • Short video clip (no more than 1 minute, please!) sharing why they love and/or support the Scranton Cultural Center, a special memory, or what the Scranton Cultural Center means to them!
  • Photos (digital or scans) from their wedding or other special occasion, dance recital, night at the theatre, evening at a fundraiser or anything else they’d like to share!
  • Share a story – the limits are endless! Describe a special memory, favorite show or concert they attended, favorite part of the building, etc.

Approved submissions will be featured on the SCC’s social media channels, within the organization’s eblasts, and on its website.  The amount of submissions received will dictate the timeframe of the virtual celebration.  Deadline for submissions is May 17 at noon.  Submissions can be sent via email to marketing@sccmt.org, via Facebook (@SCCMT) or Instagram (@ScrantonCulturalCenter) message platforms, or via mail to Scranton Cultural Center – Attn: Rachael Fronduti, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton PA 18503.  Any questions can also be directed to marketing@sccmt.org.

For more information about the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and its history, please visit SCCMT.org.