Help care for this great asset that is the State Theater- part of a national historic site!

How to Donate

Your donation helps to create a place where community members can grow and share the joy of theater in Southern Minnesota. Donations go into a trust account for specific projects or a capital campaign account for projects broader in scope. If you wish to contribute to any of the foregoing causes, click here to do so by credit card, or contact us at 507-359-9990 or email us at

Capital Improvements

While SSTC conducted a successful first-phase capital campaign of addressing the immediate needs of its then 80-year-old structure, While that campaign addressed the infrastructure of tuckpointing, new water and electric service, the parking lot, and a new fire alarm system, attention is now focused on a second capital campaign whose primary focus is replacement of the theater seats.  Spending 90 minutes on wooden youth-sized seats can be uncomfortable!  At the same time, repairs have been made to the balcony back wall and replacement of its very leaky windows.  Expansion of the state-required fire sprinkler system, along with exterior ADA access, adding railings in the balcony, and signage in the front of the building are other planned components.  While gifts in any amount are welcome and needed, those giving $5,000 or more will be recognized in a donor plaque in the Glotzbach Gallery hallway.
Following are the identified needs:
  • Handicap Accessible Restrooms
  • Exterior Signage
  • Elevator Access to Lower Levels
  • Seating Refurbishing
  • Gathering Space
  • Additional Restrooms
  • Window Restorations
  • Plumbing and Electrical Updates, including extending the sprinkler system
  • Refurbishing of Lower Level Locker Rooms

Historic Interpretive Gallery

Historian, Dr. Dan Groebner, has researched the New Ulm High School, its auditorium/theater, and New Ulm performing arts evolution. Through private and other donations, pertinent photographs have been reproduced framed through the generosity of Duane Laffrenzen. And hung along one wall in the main hallway.  In recognition of the contributions made by Linus Glotzbach, at one time head of the Minnesota State WPA project and who was instrumental in obtaining funding for additions to the site, along with his son, George Glotzbach, a dedicated patron and active supporter of the theater, the gallery was aptly named The Glotzbach Gallery

Funding is needed to complete the second phase, the placement on the opposite wall of framed photos, posters, and interpretive text about specific productions

various community theater performances in and around New Ulm.

Equipment and Upkeep

Having accepted ownership of the auditorium brings with it the responsibility of its care and upkeep.  Given its age and infrastructure dating back to its origins, these needs are many, varied and ongoing.  Likewise, equipment needs abound.  Donations to address equipment and upkeep are always appreciated.

Theater Sponsorship/Individual Donation

State Street Theater is grateful to donations of all kinds, including those specifically addressing sponsorships.  Plans are in the works to design a comprehensive sponsorship program with companion perks at various levels.  The immediate need now is as described in the flyer below.   Those sponsoring at $100 or more will be published in the play programs.

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