About the Ramsdell

Historic Landmark
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Ramsdell has served the Michigan coastal community of Manistee for over a 100 years. Built in 1903 by local lawyer and philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the Theatre and Grand Ballroom were designed by re-known Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman. The Theatre was comparable to the best opera and vaudeville houses at the time of its construction and though extensively renovated over the years, retains much of its original architecture and charm. Visit our History page for more on this facilities historic past.

Board of Directors

Sarah Helge, President
Chuck Dillon, Vice President
Edward Bradford, Treasurer
Nancy Ferguson, Secretary
Al Frye
Bill Hattendorf
David Mix

Our Vision
Our vision is to be a vibrant regional center of cultural arts, education and community engagement.

Our Mission
To optimize an irreplaceable regional center for cultural, education and social activities through programming excellence, fiscal stability, strong community partnerships and committed volunteers.

  1. Xavier Verna

    Executive Director

  2. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts

    Physical Address
    101 Maple Street
    Manistee, MI 49660

    Mailing Address
    101 Maple Street
    Manistee, MI 49660

    Phone: (231) 398-9770