Wichita’s 150th birthday is in 2020 and people and organizations around the city are participating with special safely-distanced celebrations (here and here and here, among others) and now even a documentary.
And can we just call it what it is? A sesquicentennial!! A word as fun to pronounce as it is to spell.
In July, Wichita’s PBS affiliate, KPTS Channel 8, premiered the documentary KEEPER 150. It was an excellent local show – I really enjoyed watching it! It’s coming back for one more showing very soon!
The show will air once more on August 6 at 7 p.m.
In the hour-long video, KPTS multimedia journalist Chris Frank documents the story behind the latest installments of Wichita’s Keepers on Parade and how they are becoming part of Wichita’s birthday celebration.
He interviews local artists who are working on the Keeper 150 project by applying their artistic abilities to 10-foot versions of the iconic Keeper of the Plains sculpture by Blackbear Bosin. Each Keeper reflects the area where it is being installed as well as the personality and style of the artist who worked on it.
After watching it, I thought it would be a really fun family activity to try to find all of the Wichita Keepers on Parade. I have no idea (at the moment) who keeps track of all the locations of the mini-Keepers, but when I find out you’ll be the first to know! EDITED: Found them! Together Wichita has a super-convenient map with 35 Keepers on Parade locations. What a fun challenge it would be to visit all 35 – except that some of them are inside the lobbies of businesses, so maybe finding the ones outside is a better idea. 🙂
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: KPTS Channel 8
For more information, visit kpts.org