Hundreds of fans attended this year's Keaton Celebration in Iola, KS, September 24 & 25, 1999, setting attendance records. Guests came from both U.S. coasts and from overseas, and well as from all around the mid-west.
Iola's friendly atmosphere, beautiful weather, talented speakers, careful planning by the Keaton Committee, and community support assured a successful celebration.
|The beautiful Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola was built in the 1960's. Facilities include a spacious and comfortable auditorium, classrooms, meeting rooms, foyer, restrooms. Guests are treated royally by the Bowlus staff.|
|Important people include
the Keaton Committee, program presentors, Bowlus staff, community volunteers,
and all participants.
Visit John Bengtson's (upper left photo) web site on his new book (focused on Los Angeles filming locations for Keaton's short subjects), Silent Echoes.
|Keaton was born in Piqua, KS, 7 miles west of Iola, in 1895. His parents were traveling with a medicine show and Harry Houdini. He was born in a local boarding house, with two local midwives in attendance. Piqua is proud of its native son and has a small museum honoring Buster in the water resources building near the entrance to town on Highway 54. All are welcome to stop in.|
|Around the festivities...|
September 24, 1998
Frank Scheide, PhD:
--film historian, film preservationist,
leading authority on the
history of silent cinema
Harold Lloyd sculpture outside
the Bowlus courtesy
Displays, books, souvenirs,
Buster Keaton: "Convict
Harold Lloyd.: "The
Harold Lloyd.: "Billy
Buster Keaton: "College"
Visit Iola Keaton Celebration web site
Also, visit the site of the International Buster Keaton Society.
Principal funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization encouraging the appreciation of history, heritage and values and by the Iola Tourism Committee and private donors.. Sponsored by the Keaton Celebration Committee in cooperation with the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
Film Class Offered:
The University of Kansas offered a 3 credit hour class (TH&F 302/702) taught by Assistant Professor John Tibbetts in conjunction with the Buster Keaton Celebration. The class met four weekends from September 11 to October 2, 1999.
© 1999 by Carol Yoho
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