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About Crystal Falls
An All American City
In 1994 the City of Crystal Falls was
selected as one of 30 finalist
communities in the 1994 All-American
City Award competition. Rev. Cy
Warmanen, chairman of the greater
Crystal Falls All-American City Award
Committee said that Crystal Falls’
entry competed with over 140 other
entries for the Finalist category.
The restoration of the Harbour House, Theatre and
Bendick Building, which became the Museum, Crystal
Theatre and Good Times Contemporary Center and
downtown revitalization, accomplished through
cooperation of businesses, government and individuals,
played a strong hand in the selection of Crystal Falls as
a 1994 All-American City Finalist. What impressed the
All-American City Award Screening Committee and Jury
was the use of cultural and historic preservation to
promote both downtown development and citizen
CRYSTAL THEATRE: Jurors were particularly struck by
the successful effort to renovate an abandoned theatre
into a performing arts facility. It appears the entire
community contributed time and effort into the repairing,
refurbishing and rebuilding the theatre.
HARBOUR HOUSE MUSEUM: Interested in preserving
the rich heritage of he community, a volunteer group
came together to establish a folk museum and revitalize
Crystal Falls’ picturesque downtown. The renovation of
the Harbour House and the community’s careful
attention to the time periods and topics included in the
museum completely impressed the jury.
CRYSTAL FALL CONTEMPORARY CENTER: Aware of
the problem of bored and troubled youth, the community
purchased and restored the old city hall to be used as a
youth center. Opened in 1991, the Good Times
Contemporary Center offers dances, arts programs and
a place for youth to "hang out". The Jury was compelled
by Crystal Falls’ attempts to address the needs of both
its old and young populations.
It was noted by the All-American Cities Screening
Committee and Jury that these three projects "MADE
THE COMMUNITY SING AGAIN".
The Crystal Falls All-American City Award committee
consisted of Lawrence Hegstrom, then Mayor of the City
of Crystal Falls, Donald Boulanger, then Councilor of the
City of Crystal Falls, Bette Premo of White Water
Associates, C. Joseph Schwedler, Probate Judge and
Cy Warmanen of Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp.
The All-American City Presentation Committee consisted
of Rev. Cy Warmanen, Donald Boulanger, Packy Eckola,
Peter Warmanen, and Grace Hall. They traveled to
Oakland, California, June 8 – 12, 1994, as
representatives of the City in an attempt to win a spot as
a prestigious top 10 All-American City. Although their
efforts were not successful, it was not for lack of trying.
In any case, the Crystal Theatre, Harbour House
Museum, and the Contemporary Center are all still a
vital part of our "City of Community Pride".
The competition, a program of the National Civic League
(NCL), has been presented annually since 1949 and
aimed at recognizing excellence in local efforts to
strengthen the civic infrastructure of America’s
communities. The NCL, founded in 1894, by civic
reformers as an effort to solve community problems
through the cooperation of business, government and
individuals at the local level. Based in Denver, Colorado,
the NCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
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