I attended the showings of two movies tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center. One of them was a documentary about Mariachi Estrella, an all female mariachi band. Interviews with surviving members of the original group and family told how they got started, a little about each of them and then the tragedy. In 1981, the band was about to perform at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City when a skywalk collapsed, killing four of the seven band members.
The second movie one was, "The Only Good Indian". It was a 2009 Sundance selection and filmed in Kansas. Familiar locations included Fort Larned, Monument Rocks, Topeka State Hospital, former Menninger's, and lots of Flint Hills. It was about how young Native American children were removed from their homes and sent to boarding schools, with Haskell being the one named in the film. It was a powerful story. It is out on DVD and has been showing on Showtime.
There was a discussion afterwards with the director, also interesting. He told how low budget films such as this look at locations nearby and work them into the story. I saw the name of a cousin of my son-in-law mentioned in the credits. I believe it was something about mounted police.
We also attended the Civil War reenactment today. More about that later.