“The Memorial Auditorium originated from an idea by Wellington Attorney Ed Hackney in December of 1918. Mr. Hackney realized that Wellington needed to have “a building that will be of service to the people of the city”. He stated that, “above all things, we need an auditorium and a gymnasium”.
In January of 1919, a committee was formed to guide the building of an auditorium to serve as a memorial to Wellington and Sumner County soldiers. In April of that year, the Mayor signed a resolution for the voters to issue $140,000 in bonds. That same month, the people voted to build “Liberty Hall”, which later came to be known as our Wellington “Memorial Auditorium”. Construction began November 13, 1921 and was completed approximately one year later for a cost of $137,488.41.
Source: Wellington Recreation Commission, November 2008
Memorial Auditorium Board
The Memorial Auditorium Board is an advisory committee serving, and appointed by, the Wellington City Council. The Board reviews and recommends actions that affect the use, maintenance, and operation of the Memorial Auditorium and the adjoining Heritage Park.
The Auditorium Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium. Watch cityofwellington.net news and announcements about changes in meeting dates and times.
Wellington Recreation Commission
The City of Wellington contracts with the Wellington Recreation Commission to provide management of the day-to-day operations of the Auditorium. The Auditorium is also home to WRC’s Fitness Center as well as many other WRC activities.