Sodom and Gomorrah in Sedalia: The 1974 Ozark Music Festival
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
In July 1974, an estimated 100,000 members—and probably more—of the Woodstock generation descended on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia for a weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Amid the sweltering heat and the sounds of such popular bands as the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and REO Speedwagon, they effectively overwhelmed the beleaguered town. Drawing from seven years of work on his documentary, The Story of the Ozark Music Festival: 3 Days of Sodom & Gomorrah in Sedalia, Missouri, filmmaker Jefferson Lujin discusses a Woodstock-esque weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in July 1974.
Foam on the Range: Early History of Kansas Brewers & Breweries
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers followed and set up their strange contraptions – “mash tuns” and “wort kettles.” The manufacture of beer was as much art as craft during a time before out-of-state competition, temperance societies, and state prohibition laws killed the budding industry. Kansas boasted more than 90 breweries, fixtures in German communities. Leavenworth had at least six operating at one time in the 1850s. They fueled social events, instilled civic pride, and made the local brewer—as entertainment sponsor and cultural custodian—one of the town’s leading citizens. A historian wrote, “Wherever Germans are to be found, there also you will find beer.” In her illustrated lecture, Cindy Higgins discusses the brewers and breweries of early Kansas, their role in fostering a sense of community within the state’s German enclaves, and their surprising legacy among today’s beer aficionados.