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C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center


Activity Center Location:

706 Victoria St
Harlan, IA 51537
Phone: (712)733-1103
Kelli Miller, Superintendent



C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center is a large multi-purpose activity center.  The Center can be utilized for social, cultural, and educational gatherings of all

kinds for 2 to 175 people.  It is located near Harlan's historic downtown/business district and walking distance to numerous restaurants.  

The staff at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center are on  duty Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

However, if there is an activity after hours, the facility will be open and supervised.  Kelli Miller is the Activity Center manager.

To make a reservation, call 712-733-1103 or email turkcenter@harlannet.com.

We look forward to working with you to plan your event.


This multi-purpose facility offers ample space for small, medium and large meetings, conferences and social gatherings. 

The main conference room has directional walls that can be quickly modified to accommodate various size groups.

For a 360 degree view of our facilities, click here.

Kitchen Facilities Map to Activity Center
Meeting Rooms  Meeting Technology Offerings
Pictures of Center Rental Rates and Guidelines
Value-Added Benefits  


The C. G. Therkildsen Activity Center is located where the old Harlan High/Middle School building was torn down. 

It is on the block between 7th and 8th Streets on the north and south, between Baldwin and Victoria Streets on the east and west.

The building is 13,100 square feet in a single story, prairie-style construction. 

The use of prairie style design, revolutionized by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was used throughout the center including

a low pitched roof, overhanging eaves, horizontal lines, open floor plan, rows of small windows and one-story projections.

Former Harlan residents, Charles G. & Joyce Therkildsen, currently residing in the Chicago area, donated over $250,000 to the center.

Therkildsen is president and owner of Industrial Hard Chrome, Bar Technologies and Fluid Power Manufacturing of Geneva, Illinois.


" The contribution was my way of saying thank you to Harlan and to Shelby County, and the fine educational and quality of 

life it afforded me during my youth.  Your dream of continuing to improve your community today is a worthwhile venture

and I applaud your efforts"