Brooklyn Opera house features poetry written by late native Mollie Tibbetts

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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BROOKLYN, Iowa (KCRG) - The Brooklyn Opera House re-opened on Friday after undergoing nearly two years of renovations.

The building began repairs starting in May 2019. Construction crews finished the upgrades in June of 2020 but the grand re-opening had to wait until this fall due to the pandemic.

As a part of preserving and upgrading the building, Laura Manatt, the general manager of Brooklyn Opera House, said they wanted to include poetry written by the late Mollie Tibbetts. She says Tibbetts’ grandparents had kept the poems since Mollie was young and wanted to donate the entries to the Opera House.

“We really wanted to find a way to be able to tribute Mollie in the Opera House. With her love of art, it was a natural fit,” Manatt said. “Although she was probably not in here, it was very important to her family and so they found a bunch of her poetry and allowed us to be able to print it and put it up on the walls.”

The entries were written by Tibbetts ranging from age 12 through 16.

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