The Museum of Repertoire Americana, located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is dedicated to the preservation of memorabilia and artifacts of early repertoire theatre. The collection includes numerous painted curtains and scenic pieces; costumes and equipment used by individual performers and technicians; playbills, show cards, advertising sheets, etc.; and an extensive research library of rare scripts, correspondence, tour schedules, production photos and other original source materials. Of special interest is the large collection of videotaped interviews with actual “troupers” describing their professional and personal experiences.
An extensive research library, located within the Museum, is home to hundreds of thousands of piece of Early American Theatre memorabilia.
Many actors, who later earned fame on television, radio, Broadway, and the silver screen, began their career touring with Theatre groups.
The Theatre Museum is home to many original, hand-painted curtains from the early opera houses.