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Orpheum partners with Library for ‘Dust Bowl’ series

Dust Bowl

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is partnering with the Marshalltown Public Library this November for a special series of events surrounding the Dust Bowl.

The Orpheum will show screenings of Ken Burns’ two-part documentary of the Dust Bowl, as well as an Iowa Public Television documentary about the farm crisis of the 70s and 80s. The end of December will feature John Ford’s classic adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Schedule of Events at the Orpheum Theater:

  • Saturday, Nov. 7: Map of My Kingdom, 7:30 pm
    • This play, written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of farmland ownership transfer. Tickets are $10.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 22: The Dust Bowl, Ken Burns’ two-part documentary on the period:
    • 11/20, 7 pm: Part I
    • 11/21, 1 pm: Part I
    • 11/21, 7 pm: Part II
    • 11/22, 1 pm: Part II
  • Friday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 5: The Farm Crisis, 7 pm
    • Iowa Public Television’s documentary on the farm crisis of the 70s & 80s.
  • Friday, Dec. 11 & Saturday, Dec. 12: The Grapes of Wrath, 7 pm
    • John Ford’s classic adaptation of the Steinbeck novel starring Henry Fonda.

Admission is FREE for all film showings.

The Marshalltown Library will host a touring exhibit (courtesy of the American Library Association) in addition to offering reading groups, children’s activities, as well as scholars and other speakers.

Schedule of Events at the Marshalltown Public Library:

  • Friday November 6, 2015: Exhibition Kick-off
    • 5:30: Program with opening remarks by Library Director or Board President, introduction, Thanks to our partners – Orpheum & MCC. Brief remarks by Professor Jon Andelson from and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey
    • 7 pm: Music by Lincoln Highway
  • Sunday, November 8: Professor Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, 2 pm
    • Talk: “Surviving the Dust Bowl:  Stories of Families and Farms”
  • Thursday, November 12: Book Discussion, 1 pm & 6 pm
    • Book Discussion: Little Heathens:  Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.
  • Thursday, December 10: Dr. Rudolph Daniels, 6 pm
    • Talk – “Trains Across Iowa”
  • Monday, December 14: America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. Darling, 2 pm
    • America’s Darling is the story of Des Moines Register cartoonist and pioneering conservationist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling (1876-1962).

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District and demonstrates IVCCD’s vitality and commitment to partnering, educating and building our communities.

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