Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, Illinois was the perfect site for the 100th public showing of the Native American historical documentary film "Lost Nation: The Ioway." The first viewers arrived 90 minutes before the show and the auditorium was full 40 minutes before the show.
More chairs and benches were set up, and the room was at capacity. Some left because there was no seating available while others never made it in the building because there was no more parking. In the end about 20 people stood along the walls and watched the movie in the auditorium and about a dozen stood and watched the movie from two doorways. Some even watched through windows in an adjacent hallway.
Living History Farms' 1700 Ioway Village Site Director Melinda Carriker joined us for the Q & A and discussion that followed the showing. Thanks Melinda for making the drive from Des Moines to be at this incredible event!
Our sincere thanks to the Black Hawk State Historic Site and to the Paula Sands Live Show, the Quad-City Times, and the Dispatch-Argus for outstanding publicity leading up to a very successful local event.
Thanks most of all to the audience, and particularly those who watched the film in uncomfortable situations. You are awesome!
We will soon attend the Los Angeles premiere of the film where organizers have already said the event is the largest and most anticipated event they've ever had.
Kelly & Tammy Rundle