Showing of ‘The West’ documentary film series

By James Dickhoff

Special to The SUN

The Town Historic Preservation Board is presenting a journey through the eight-episode film series “The West,” a Ken Burns documentary, on Tuesday evenings between April 7 and May 27.

On Tuesday, April 7, the first episode, “The People,” will be shown at the historic Liberty Theatre, located at 418 Pagosa St., at 5 p.m. The eight-part film series is free with your $5 donation and includes a small popcorn and soda.

The first episode, “The People,” reviews the period of time prior to 1806, when the west transforms from the whole world to the people who lived here into a New World when the Europeans arrive, a world shaken by incompatible visions. Three centuries later, when Lewis and Clark ventured west to find a Northwest Passage, this world becomes the testing-ground for a young nation’s continent-spanning dream.

The remaining documentary film episodes include the following show times:

• “Empire Upon the Trails” (1806-1848) — April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

• “Speck the Future” (1848-1859) — April 21 at 5 p.m.

• “Death Runs Riot” (1856-1868) — April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

• “The Grandest Enterprise Under God” (1868-1874) — May 5 at 5 p.m.

• “Fight No More Forever” (1874-1877) — May 12 at 6:30 p.m.

• “The Geography of Hope” (1877-1887) — May 19 at 5 p.m.

• “One Sky Above Us” (1887-1914) — May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The Historic Preservation Board is planning a gathering after all eight episodes have been shown, with the exact day and time to be announced.

The film series is presented as a prelude to the month of May, the national, state and local Historic Preservation Month. A number of events activities are planned.

Mark your calendars and please join us for this nationally acclaimed documentary series.