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‘Return to Spoon River’ Showing at Dickson Mounds Museum

Christa Foster
‘Return to Spoon River’ Showing at Dickson Mounds Museum
LEWISTOWN, IL – Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a showing of ‘Return to Spoon River’ on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.   In April 1915, the American poet Edgar Lee Masters published Spoon River Anthology, the famous collection of poems that narrates the epitaphs of people who lived in the fictional town of Spoon River, close to the real Spoon River that ran near Masters’ home. The poems recount life in small town America: stories of friendships, sharing and community, but also of hypocrisy, prejudice and local intrigue. One hundred years later, some of the inhabitants of Masters’ home towns of Lewistown and Petersburg, Illinois, that originally inspired the Anthology, reread the epitaphs in a sign of homage to the poet, bringing back the atmosphere and the daily sentiments of the inhabitants of small town America today.

‘Return to Spoon River’ is an Italian movie production by Movie Movie and Rai Cinema, created by filmmakers Francesco Conversano and Nene Grignaffini, with the assistance of cinematographer Roberto Cimatti and editor Stefano Barnaba.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  Light refreshments will be served.  A trailer for the movie is available for viewing at www.returntospoonriver.com.

This showing is sponsored by the Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds, The Fulton County Arts Council, the City of Lewistown, and the Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation. 

The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175. Also visit us on Facebook at Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds.
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