Sturgis Area Arts Council - Event Details

Sturgis "Big Read" Kick-Off Celebration
Thursday, September 7
Rally Point

You are invited to a free preview screening of highlights from THE VIETNAM WAR, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

The screening will take place at the Kick-off celebration of the Sturgis Big Read, beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Rally Point at Main and Harley Davidson Way in Sturgis, SD.

Prior to the 6:15PM showing, there will be a color guard ceremony followed by music by Kate Fjelstad while books and brochures are being distributed. At 6:00 PM, Mistress of Ceremonies Denise LaRue will introduce Mayor Mark Carstenson and announce the sponsors and partners of the Sturgis Big Read. More information about the NEA Big Read in Sturgis go online to www.sturgisbigread .com

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides. The 10-part film series will premiere Sunday, September 17, 2017, on SDPB-TV and on PBS stations nationwide. More information about the film and local activities is available online at

We hope you are able to join us for this special event.

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