Grant will finance sound system

Franklin College received a grant to enhance the college’s Custer Theatre.

The $30,500 grant from the Clarence E. Custer and Inez R. Custer Foundation of Columbus, will equip Custer Theatre with a quality sound system, projector and screen capability.

The gift will enhance vocal and instrumental concerts, and be utilized by faculty for academic courses and by the college community to host large guest speaker and public programs.

Installation of the new system is underway.

Franklin College has maintained a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Custer Foundation representatives since its inception. Clarence and Inez Custer’s son, William Ruddick Custer, attended Franklin College in the early 1930s, and the foundation has made generous gifts in his memory.

Today, the Custer Theatre is used as the recital hall for musical groups, the rehearsal venue for theater performances and the experiential classroom for arts appreciation courses.

Franklin College looks forward to unveiling the new system to the public during the college’s spring music concerts. All music performances are free and open to the public. Upcoming events include a chamber concert at 7 p.m. April 11, two choral concert performances at 7 p.m. May 5 and at 2 p.m. May 6 and an instrumental concert at 7 p.m. May 9.