Hays Arts Council to present 1976 documentary on Hays

The Hays Arts Council will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday with a free showing of the documentary on Hays, “A Quiet America,” at Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The film was produced in April 1976 in Hays by French-language Swiss public television.

Hays was chosen to represent the rural Midwest when the United States was celebrating its bicentennial. Prior to the showing of “A Quiet America,” the HAC will show a short statement by the journalist Marc Schindler, who worked on the first film, and a documentary he produced in 2015 titled “Back to Hays.” Brenda Meder, executive director of the Hays Arts Council, said the filmmakers tried to show a full scope of life, from business on Main Street to weekend cruising on Main Street, a wedding and even church on Sunday.

“It was who are the people who live here and work here and have a history here and their ancestors who settled here and are running the farms and the businesses, so it was the community and its heritage and history at this point in time,” she said.

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