Villisca: Living With a Mystery

A Historical Documentary Feature Film

www.villisca.com


1912-2002

Villisca Axe Murders 90th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend

Villisca, Iowa June 8-10, 2002

-- Preliminary Schedule of Events --

Updated: 06/02/02

(web-friendly version)

Donations will benefit the Villisca Public Library Exterior Restoration Fund

* indicates the event is open to the public

                        

June 8, 2002 ~ Saturday

9:00-11:00 a.m. ~ History Forum, Rialto Theater, Villisca, Iowa*

Hosted by former television broadcaster Mary Brubaker.

"Villisca, June 1912: Strangers in Town," presented by historian Dr. Edgar Epperly

"Private Detectives and the Villisca Murder Investigation," presented by historian Roy Marshall

"Slay Utterly: Reverend George Kelly's Confession," presented by historian Dr. Bruce Stillians

(Please note that no video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

 

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ~ Farming and Automotive history on the square.

The only remaining 1911 brick street on Villisca’s public square will provide the setting for a display of "old iron"--vintage fire engines and fire fighting equipment. This tribute to America’s firefighters will remind visitors of sacrifice and service in the recent and distant past.  Crossing the street, visitors will find a collection of antique farm tractors and implements furnished by local restorers and collectors.

 

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ~ Historical Display, Community Building, Villisca, Iowa*

Villisca’s Community building will house a local history display featuring a collection of World War II and military memorabilia and photographs; and a Montgomery County history display. WWas one of your relatives questioned before the 1912 Coroner's Inquest or the 1917 Grand Jury?  Find out by leafing through copies of thousands of pages of historical documents provided by the Villisca Historic Commission (part of Villisca's Local Certified Government Commission).  The Coroner's Inquest, the Grand Jury Signed Statements, and the complete 1917 Grand Jury transcript will be available for visitors to peruse.  These copies will also be available for study in Villisca's Public Library on an ongoing basis.

 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ~ Villisca Community Center*

The Villisca Advent Christian Church will be selling healthy sack lunches.  At $4 each, you get a choice of ham and cheese or turkey sandwich, chips, fruit, bar cookie and beverage.  Grab one before you head over to Red Oak for the Courthouse tour.

 

Noon-1:00 p.m. ~ Montgomery County Courthouse tour, Coolbaugh Street, Red Oak, Iowa.*

Certified Local Government Commission Chair Jacky Adams will conduct a tour of Montgomery County's historic court house, Montgomery County Historical Society Vice-President Don Rogerson will discuss county history, and historian Dr. Edgar Epperly will summarize the sensational Villisca murder and slander trials of 1916 and 1917.

(Meet at the Courthouse entrance at 11:55 a.m. No video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

 

3:00-6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVPs required) ~ PRIVATE Screening, Rialto Theater, Villisca, Iowa

Villisca: Living With a Mystery by-invitation-only final-cut screening.  Informal dress encouraged.

Q&A with the Filmmakers and Dr. Edgar Epperly to follow.

(Please note that no video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

 

6:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Villisca Public Library, 204 S. 3rd Avenue, Villisca, Iowa*

Villisca Public Library "open house" featuring the Senator Frank Jones collection.

 

6:30-8:00 p.m. ~ PRIVATE informal dinner, Community Building, Villisca, Iowa

Organized by Branch 4373--Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood. Matching funds available. Proceeds will benefit the Villisca Public Library Exterior Restoration Fund.

Villisca Public Library Fundraising Dinner open to the public.  Call 712/826-5816 for reservations; give your name, number in party, and choice of entree--seating is limited.  $10/pp, $6/children 12 and under.   Menu: Pork loin or roasted chicken, hot rolls, baked potato, salad bar, dessert bar, coffee, tea and lemonade.

(Please note:  Because food is ordered ahead of time, should you reserve and then cancel, you will still be expected to pay for your meal.)

 

8:30-9:30 p.m. ~ Villisca Town Square, Villisca, Iowa*

Ragtime at Twilight, an open-air piano concert featuring Iowa's own Marty Mincer.  A special outdoor screening of Buttermilk Skies: Lost Footage of 1940s Villisca (in color) will follow.  BYOB (bring your own blanket...or lawn chair...and don't forget the "skeeter" spray).  Villisca Mayor Leland Carmichael will welcome visitors and introduce the program.  Old-fashioned ice cream and refreshments will be sold on the Square during the concert by the Villisca Advent Christian Church.

                        

June 9, 2002 ~ Sunday

Morning ~ Villisca, Iowa*

Services in Villisca community churches

 

1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Gazebo, Villisca, Iowa Town Square*

History, Mystery, and Folklore city walking tour with Judy Schroeder

 

3:00-4:00 p.m. ~ Cemetery, Villisca, Iowa*

Historian Dr. Edgar Epperly leads a tour of the cemetery monuments of key 1912 Villisca murder figures, and highlights the effect of the crime on their lives. Tour will end at the graves of the Moore and Stillinger victims.

(Meet at the cemetery entrance at the North end of 5th Avenue. No video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

 

4:30-5:15 p.m. ~ First Presbyterian Church, 3rd Avenue and East 2nd Street, Villisca, Iowa*

Remembering the Victims of Tragedy, Reverend Sandy Wainwright officiating

 

7:00-10:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs required) ~ PRIVATE Screening, Rialto Theater, Villisca, Iowa

Villisca: Living With a Mystery by-invitation-only final-cut screening.  Informal dress encouraged.

Q&A follows with the Filmmakers and Dr. Edgar Epperly.

(Please note that no video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

                        

June 10, 2002 ~ Monday

7:00-9:00 p.m. ~ Countryside Community Church: 8787 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68114-5299*

Nebraska Humanities Council event.  Crossing State Lines: Nebraska's Role in the 1912 Villica, Iowa Axe Murders.  FREE and open to the public.

A screening of a portion of Villisca followed by a panel discussion highlighting Nebraska's role in the Villisca murder story.

Panelists include historian Dr. Edgar Epperly from Decorah, Iowa; historian Laureen Riedesel from Beatrice, Nebraska; Betty J. Davis, Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society in Omaha, Nebraska; and filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle from Los Angeles, California.

(Please note that no video cameras or other recording devices will be permitted.)

*Open to the public. The documentary screenings are free to registered attendees. A $1 per person donation will be requested for public events in Villisca and Red Oak and proceeds will be donated to the Villisca Public Library exterior restoration fund. The Humanities event in Omaha is free and open to the public.

                        

Nothing to do on Friday night?   Head over to Red Oak!

June 7, 2002 ~ Friday Evening: Antique Auto Show ~ on the Square, Red Oak, Iowa*

Step back in time to the good ol’ days and enjoy "the machines" of yester-year.  Food and fun on the Square in Red Oak, Iowa.  More details to follow.

                        

Local Points of Interest

Olson-Linn Museum and Moore Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

323 East 4th Street, Darwin and Martha Linn 712-826-2756.

Fee: $5/per person ~ Tours start at the Museum (10 people maximum per tour). Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 9, 2002, Saturday 4:30-6:45 p.m. "The History of the House" supper/program at The Bank in Villisca ($15/per person)

For information regarding lamplight tours and other particulars, please visit their website at: www.villiscaiowa.com

 

Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, Clarinda, Iowa

1600 South 16th Street, 712-542-3073

Glenn Miller collection and more.  1:00-5:00 p.m.   FEE.

 

Swedish Heritage Museum, Stanton, Iowa

410 Hilltop, 712-829-2840

1:00-5:00 p.m.  FEE.


Main Menu

Website design and all content including text, art, and photographs 2002, Fourth Wall Films. All Rights Reserved.