The Norbert A. and Marion Cleveland Lange Trust was created more than 30 years ago as a gift to Sandusky and the surrounding Erie County community.
As a pledge of their dedication to the community and its people, the couple -- both successful in the chemistry field -- chose to retire in Sandusky and leave the benefits of their trust to Erie County.
In their own words as set forth in the trust, the Sandusky Library was to use the income from the trust for "the promotion of cultural and educational enterprises in the city of Sandusky and the adjacent area within Erie County.
All such enterprises shall be open and free to, and for the cultural and educational benefit of the general public of said Erie County."
Today, the Lange Trust Committee books concerts, plays, exhibits, art, educational sessions, operas, Broadway shows, speakers and cultural activities of the highest quality.
Because the trust covers all expenses involved, the presentations are free to the public of Erie County.
Those wanting to attend may send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their phone number (in case of a wait list being formed) to the Sandusky Library to obtain two free tickets. Most Lange Trust presentations are at The Sandusky State Theatre.
A popular event in 2009 was The Montana Repertory Theatre's presentation of "To Kill a Mockingbird," in conjunction with the Erie County Reads program.
New this year is a series of Lange Trust-sponsored movies. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the first film in the series, showing at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the series continues with such classics as "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind."
The movies are free, and tickets are not required.
There is no restriction on living in Erie County. This is the first time Lange Trust has sponsored a movie series.