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‘Heroes of Fairfield’ debuts June 30

May 21, 2018
Source: DICK DEANGELIS Pictured at a re-enactment at Maasdam Barns are, from left, Larry and Carol Robison and their Suffolk horses, Doug Hamilton, Jason Strong, Dick DeAngelis, Rena Goff, Rory Goff and Steve Thulander. On the carriage are Jennifer Hamilton and Ashia Fredeen.

“Heroes of Fairfield,” the second film in the Fairfield History Series, will premiere June 30 at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts inside the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The event will include two showings that evening, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. matinee the following day. Displays from four area museums will be in the lobby, along with presentations from local history authors.

According to producer/director Dick DeAngelis of Fair Field Productions, “All these [films] are designed to bring to life stories of ordinary Fairfielders doing extraordinary things to make a difference in our community and our world. ‘Heroes of Fairfield’ weekend will be a one weekend event people will not want to miss.”

“We decided to make a night of local history for everybody to enjoy.” said DeAngelis. “We had such a huge response to the first film, we decided to have two showings on the premiere night. People can come and watch the first show and then see the historic displays in the lobby, or eat some food or see the displays first and catch the second show.”

The premiere of “Heroes of Fairfield” and the history weekend has been made possible from local contributions and major grants from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Greater Jefferson County Foundation and the support of the Fairfield Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

They are raising the last funds needed to finish the film on time.

Those who wish to support the project can make a tax-deductible contributions to Fair Field Productions, 405 S. Third St. Fairfield 52556.

The first documentary in the Fairfield History Series was called “Life Before Fairfield” and focused on the history of the area before the town’s settlement in 1839.

The third film in the series, now in production, will cover agriculture in Jefferson County.

Those who missed the first documentary film in the series can now watch it online at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/lifebeforefairfield.

DeAngelis has not divulged who will be featured in the second film. The matter is a closely guarded secret.

“There are too many heroes in our history to feature them all, but I can assure you there will be some surprises in there,” he said. “I will say this: During our town’s beginnings, in particular from the 1830s through the Civil War in the 1860s, Fairfield found itself in the crosshairs of one of our country’s largest social issues, slavery. With the help of state historians and local experts, we have rediscovered the situations, stories and people of this very special time in our town’s history.”

DeAngelis can be reached at dickd@deangelis.net.


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