History

 

Since 1955


A Non-profit Association led by High-Energy Volunteers
 

History of Port Huron Town Hall

Port Huron Town Hall was founded in 1955 by eight women, Mrs. Thomas Bottomley, Mrs. Roy Briggs, Mrs. Clarence Button, Mrs. Frank Conroy, Mrs. Fred Riggin Jr., Mrs. W.A. Schaefer, Mrs. Taylor Summers, and Mrs. Granger Weil. Their idea was to offer a series of lectures to inform and entertain the women of our city and surrounding areas, with the option of attending a luncheon with the celebrity. The founding ladies recruited their friends to sell tickets, type and mail the tickets, act as ushers for the lecture and do all the necessary work to put on the performance.

On Monday October 24, 1955, 1100 women attended the opening series of Port Huron Town Hall. The speaker was Cornelia Otis Skinner, an American author and actress. Consequently, the Port Huron Town Hall was formed. The Board today remains at 23 volunteer women who do the work to present the lecture series. The lecture series was held at the Desmond Theatre in downtown Port Huron, later known as the Huron Theatre. In January 1960 the series was moved to the newly opened Henry McMorran Auditorium, where it remains today.

Port Huron Town Hall has brought some amazing lectures and performances to our city that have been thought provoking, entertaining, and inspiring. Your continued support of Town Hall has allowed us to have 65 wonderful years of history and tradition in our community.

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Port Huron Town Hall Past Speakers


 

Season 64: 2018-2019
President: Mrs. Sarah Touma
Leslie Stahl
John Ratzenberger
Caroline Goulding
Denise Kiernan
Mike Emrick

Season 63: 2017-2018
President: Mrs. Sarah Touma
Terry McMillan
Mitch Albom
Katie Brown
Nancy Grace
Rudy Maxa

Season 62: 2016-2017
President: Mrs. Barb Belanger
Shannon Miller
Joan Lunden
Klee Blackhurst
Kevin Lacz
Francine Segan

Season 61: 2015-2016
President: Mrs. Barb Belanger
Don Most and Anson Williams
Sissy Spacek
The Lennon Sisters
Jennifer Weiner
Jo-Ellan Dimitrius


Season 60: 2014-2015
President: Mrs. Donna Smith
Ellen Burstyn
John Grogan
The Chenille Sisters
Anne Thompson
Steve Ford

Season 59: 2013-2014
President: Mrs. Donna Smith
Scott Hamilton
Nick Clooney
John Carter Cash
Jeannette Walls
Dickie Arbiter

Season 58: 2012-2013
President: Mrs. Pam Thomas
Joan Collins
Nicholas Sparks
Forbidden Broadway
Roland Mesnier
Ronnie Milsap

Season: 57 2011-2012
President: Mrs. Pam Thomas
Mia Farrow
Jenna (Bush) Hager
Ben Vereen
Candice DeLong
Jim Abbott


Season: 56 2010-2011
President: Mrs. Cherie Cotter
Cloris Leachman
Henry Winkler
Mike Leonard
Jamie Farr
Bob Eubanks

Season 55: 2009-2010
President: Mrs. Cherie Cotter
Tim Conway
Rick Steeves
The Capitol Steps
Jodi Piccoult
Tom Santopietro

Season 54: 2008-2009
President: Mrs. Patricia
Doris Roberts
Ted Fishman
Bill Geist
Valerie Hemingway
Lori Borgman

Season 53: 2007-2008
President: Mrs. Patricia
Howie Franklin
Frank Abagnale
Dr. John Edward Hasse
Martha Raddatz
Marie Osmond


Season 52: 2006-2007
President: Mrs. Cathy (Gregory)
Garrison Keillor
Von Trapp Children
Joseph Ellis
Peggy Post
Erin Gruwell

Season 51: 2005-2006
President: Mrs. Cathy (Gregory)
Naomi Judd
John Davidson
Christopher Lowell
Juan Williams
Herman Boone

Season 50: 2004-2005
President: Mrs. Jane (Steven)
Jane Seymour
Carol Higgins Clark
Shirley Jones
Louis Raymond
Mort Crim

Season 49: 2003-2004
President: Mrs. Jane (Steven)
Dave Barry
Andrea Mitchell
Sally Ann Howes
Tweed Roosevelt
Susan Granger


Season 48: 2002-2003
President: Mrs. Holly (Mark)
Florence Henderson
Bob Farmer
The Chenille Sisters
Michael Beschloss
Daniel Elias

Season 47: 2001-2002
President: Mrs. Holly (Mark)
Linda Evans
Edward Asner
Peter Greenberg
Herbert Stein
Jimmy Tingle

Season 46: 2000-2001
President: Mrs. Frank J. McCabe
Gregory Hines
The Capitol Steps
Peter & Bethany Yarrow
Heloise
Dr. Sylvia Earle

Season 45: 1999-2000
President: Mrs. Timothy Wilkins
Barbara Pierce Bush
Alexandra Stoddard
Paul Williams
Michael York
Loretta Laroche


Season 44: 1998-1999
President: Mrs. Michael Greenwald
Henry Winkler
Phyllis Diller
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Carol Laline
Kathleen Passanisi

Season 43: 1997-1998
President: Mrs. Michael Greenwald
Debbie Reynolds
Morton Dean
Rita Moreno
Christopher Cerf
Dr. Will Miller

Season 42: 1996-1997
President: Mrs. Frank J. McCabe
Jill St. John & Robert Wagner
Helen Thomas
Victoria Solinina
Vincent Bugliosi
David Miln Smith

Season 41: 1995-1996
President: Mrs. Walid Demashkieh
Mitzi Gaynor
James A. Lovell, Jr.
Vicki Lawrence
Lorna Kelly
Dr. Elliot Engel


Season 40: 1994-1995
President: Mrs. Lawrence Beck
Lucy Arnaz
Dr. Holly Atkinson
The Amazing Kreskin
Dr. Steve Allen, Jr.
Gene Perret

Season 39: 1993-1994
President: Mrs. Lawrence Beck
Alex Trebek
Shelia Kast
Richard Simmons
Bill Schustik
John Powers

Season 38: 1992-1993
President: Mrs. Douglas S. Povenz
Larry King
Louis Uchitelle
June Havoc
Susan Eisenhower
Col. Chuck Scott

Season 37: 1991-1992
President: Mrs. Douglas S. Povenz
Carmel Quinn
Sen. William Proxmire
Tony Randall
Dr. Bernie Siegal
Nien Cheng


Season 36: 1990-1991
President: Mrs. Win L. Cooper
Lauren Bacall
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Peter Howard
Genevieve Smith Whitford
Betsy Bloomingdale

Season 35: 1989-1990
President: Mrs. Win L. Cooper
President Gerald R. Ford
Virginia Graham
Jacques Pepin
Mary McBride
Nanette Fabray

Season 34: 1988-1989
President: Mrs. Harold Kostoff
G. Gordon Liddy
John Stossel
Judith Viorst
Johnny Andrews
Howard K. Smith

Season 33: 1987-1988
President: Mrs. Harold Kostoff
Pat Boone
Moya Olsen Lear
Julie & David Eisenhower
Jane Brody
Jayne Meadows


Season 32: 1986-1987
President: Mrs. Robert Moak
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Susan Bondy
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Captain Gerald Coffee
Robin Weir

Season 31: 1985-1986
President: Mrs. Robert Moak
Vincent Price
Camilla Sadat
Jane Powell
Bill Monroe
Dick Cavett

Season 30: 1984-1985
President: Mrs. Martin Weiss
Betty Ford
Martha Stewart
Kingston Trio
Kaylan Pickford
Colonel John Cottell

Season 29: 1983-1984
President: Mrs. Martin Weiss
Beverly Sills
F. Lee Bailey
Constance Towers
Teresa Bloomingdale
Loretta Young


Season 28: 1982-1983
President: Mrs. Wayne Boucher
Ginger Rogers
Arianna Stassinopoulous
Ann Compton
Frederick R. Newman
James Humes

Season 27: 1981-1982
President: Mrs. Wayne Boucher
Patricia Neal
Eva Gabor
Frances Lang Koltun
Ken Weber
John Raitt

Season 26: 1980-1981
President: Mrs. Richard Cleary
Marlo Thomas
Countess of Romanones
Patrice Munsel
Terry Hekker
Peter Duchin

Season 25: 1979-1980
President: Mrs. Richard Cleary
Jack Anderson
Clive David
Jack Linkletter
Adm. Elmo Zumwalt
Gretchen Wyler


Season 24: 1978-1979
President: Mrs. Robert Durand
Pearl Bailey
Bill Lignante
David Dubal & Stanley Waldoff
Arlene Dahl
Jerry Baker

Season 23: 1977-1978
President: Mrs. Robert Durand
Rex Reed
Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville
Kitty Carlisle
Rosamond Bernier
Jim Thorne

Season 22: 1976-1977
President: Mrs. Walter Povenz
Polly Bergen
Lowell Thomas
Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy
Ralph Salerno
Irene Kampen

Season 21: 1975-1976
President: Mrs. Walter Povenz
Betsy Palmer
George Plimpton
Lynda Johnson Robb
David Atlee Phillips
Bill Schustik


Season 20: 1974-1975
President: Mrs. Wilbur W. West
Peter Lind Hayes
Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy (David Niven Canceled)
Allan Jones
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Joshua Logan, James Beard

Season 19: 1973-1974
President: Mrs. Wilbur W. West
Arlene Francis
Olivia DeHaviland
Bob Wright
John “Shorty” Powers
Letitia Baldrige

Season 18: 1972-1973
President: Mrs. Mervin E. Tomlin
Bishop Sheen
Nancy Dickerson
Shirley Eder
Jean-Pierre Hallet
Han Suyin

Season 17: 1971-1972
President: Mrs. Mervin E. Tomlin
Art Linkletter
John Charles Daly
Leonid Hambro
William Morris
Betty Jo Hawkens


Season 16: 1970-1971
President: Mrs. Helen Barrett
Patrice Munsel
Kreskin “Mr. ESP”
Robert Powers, Jr.
Peter Maas
Marilyn VanDerbur

Season 15: 1969-1970
President: Mrs. Helen Barrett
Hildegarde
Bennett Cerf
Norman Garbo
Mrs. (Betty) Richard J. Hughes
Joan Fontaine

Season 14: 1968-1969
President: Mrs. Arthur B. Smith
General Mark W. Clark
Carleton Vanney
Nan Birmingham
Admiral James Calvert
Richard Adler

Season 13: 1967-1968
President: Mrs. Arthur B. Smith
Duke & Duchess of Bedford
Bill Blass
Perle Mesta
Dorothy Sarnoff
Virginia Graham


Season 12: 1966-1967
President: Mrs. Russell M. Tree
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Marc Connelly
Betty Furness
Beverly Younger
Pauline Frederick

Season 11: 1965-1966
President: Mrs. Russell M. Tree
Kitty Carlisle
Nila Magidoff
Howard Taubman
Vincent Price
Sander Vanocur

Season 10: 1964-1965
President: Mrs. Thomas H.
Meredith & Rini Willson
Ray Middleton
William Paterson
Betty Bruce
Hans Conried

Season 09: 1963-1964
President: Mrs. Thomas H.
Celeste Holm
Baroness Marie VonTrapp
Lilith MacKnight
Hannah Watt & Roderick Lovell
Art Buchwald


Season 08: 1962-1963
President: Mrs. Everett F. Hall
Hedda Hopper
Nancy Spain
Leslie Hanscom
Felix Greene
Munro Leaf

Season 07: 1961-1962
President: Mrs. Frank J. McCabe
Inez Robb
Mme. Ginette Spanier
Gaylord Houser
Jerome Kilty & wife Cavada Humphrey
Morris Barr

Season 06: 1960-1961
President: Mrs. Frank J. McCabe
Emily Kimbrough
Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. Peter Comanduras
Paul Niven
Edward Tomlinson

Season 05: 1959-1960
President: Mrs. Clifford O’Sullivan
1st season at McMorran
Meredith & Rini Willson
Anita Colby
Eddy Gilmore
Albert Kornfeld
John Crosby
Ann Landers


Season 04: 1958-1959
President: Mrs. Clifford O’Sullivan
Ivy Baker Priest
Lord Kilbracken
Cleveland Amory
Herb Philbrick
Stewart Alsop

Season 03: 1957-1958
President: Mrs. Fred L. Riggin
Amy Vanderbilt
Don Whitehead
Virginia Peterson
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Lydia Davis
Terry Mayer

Season 02: 1956-1957
President: Mrs. Fred L. Riggin
Arthur Treacher
Katherine Turney Garten
Dr. Murray Banks
Princess Ileanna of Romania
Captain Harry Crattidge
Madame Suzanne Silvercruys

Season 01: 1955-1956
President: Mrs. Roy E. Briggs
Cornelia Otis Skinner
Ivan Sanderson
Marion Mill Preminger
Richard Gump
Maggie Daly
Robert Christopher