Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2008

Looking forward to Lansing film

November 6, 2008

On Nov. 12, the Lansing Historical Museum will present a local premiere of the digital documentary titled “The Kansas State Penitentiary, an Institution and a Neighbor.” This will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lansing High School Auditorium, 220 Lion Lane.

This short documentary portrays the relationship between the oldest prison in Kansas and the Lansing community. A panel discussion will follow the documentary featuring Professor Ken Mulliken, chair of the department of history and political science at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth; Professor Ryan Alexander, director of criminology program at the University of St. Mary; Brad Roszell, co-founder of the Hometown Collaborations, the company that produced the documentary and director of post production; Tracy Quillian, who has a master’s degree in historical administration and museum studies, and is the Kansas Humanities Council director of communications; Kyle Deere, deputy warden of programs at the Kansas Correctional Facility and a third-generation Kansas State Penitentiary LCF employee; Nolan Sunderman, director of economic development and convention and visitors bureau for the city of Lansing.

As a personal note, I was interviewed to be in part of this and was asked many questions about the feelings of my own family when bad things happened, and they did happen from time to time. They knew that my father and grandfather worked at the institution dating back to the 1890s. Other people interviewed were Mayor Ken Bernard, Warden David McCune and John Wendel. We were all interviewed separately and probably asked the same type of questions. I have not seen this yet and understand it is about nine minutes long.

If you have not had an opportunity yet to see our beautiful new auditorium, this would be a great time to do that and also get involved with the question-and-answer session that follows the documentary.

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