The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

December 2, 2013

ORG makes training book available

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — When the Orleans Renaissance Group decided to give tours of Bent’s Opera House, it was also agreed that the tour guides or “docents” should have a thorough understanding of the site.

Enter the Bent’s Opera House docent training book — a rough compilation of everything you need to know about Bent’s Opera House. For the first time, ORG is making it available to the public.

“The 8 1/2 x 11 spiral bound, 113-page book is full of color graphics, articles, photos, and narrative, and is really quite fascinating,” said Chris Busch, vice president of the group.

The materials and information contained in this rough compilation are just that — an unpolished collection of all sorts of history from dozens of sources.

“It covers everything from who built it, who appeared and what happened there, to ideas on the future vision for the site,” said Busch. “If you’re interested in local history, you will definitely enjoy this book.”

Bent’s Opera House was arguably the most important and busiest place in Medina for over 50 years. More history was witnessed within those walls than any other place in Medina during this era.

The hall was Medina’s window to the world during the Gilded Age of America.

Those years spanning from the post Civil War era to the period approaching the First World War are a fascinating time in American history. Medina and Bent’s Opera House were very much a part of the era.

The book is available online at or at the English Rose Tea Shoppe on in Medina. Cost is $30, discounted to $20 with an ORG membership. Proceeds go to Bent’s Restoration.