A theater showcase featuring student artwork displays historic figures that have some connection to Hanover, Pennsylvania. At the front of the State Theater, paintings are on display that show people of history in a poster style, using black and white paint.
Despite vandals that painted blue mustaches on some paintings, the National Art Honor Society from Southwestern High School have been able to display their artwork, thanks to the dedication of their teacher Julie Gelsinger. She removed the graffiti with baby wipes and paint.
Bringing together figures from different periods in time was a benefit of the project. Madison Halpenny, a recent graduate, researched the historical figures and collected photos for the painters to base their portraits. Figures who were well known and had visited sites still in the area were the focus. The portraits included George Armstrong Custer, Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Grover Cleveland, James Buchanan and Thomas Jefferson.
According to Gelsinger, the art society is remaining involved with the downtown area, hoping to do more there in the future.