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Wyatt Earp's story being brought to life Saturday in Belle Plaine

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Wyatt Earp's murder trial that followed the Shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona will be brought to life this weekend in Belle Plaine.

Pella Historical Society and Museums and the Wallace Winkie Foundation have collaborated to tell the story of Earp's murder trial on Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the Longfellow Auditorium in Belle Plaine. The two organizations felt it was important to tell this story due to its strong Iowa ties, especially given that Earp and his brothers grew up in Pella.

"It's important to bring the story to Belle Plaine and Pella because it's part of our history, our collective history, and it's a little-known or overlooked piece of Iowa history.  It's also a tragic piece of Iowa history, that these two families ended up in Arizona in a shootout," said Dusti Winkie of the Wallace Winkie Foundation.  "We thought a re-enactment would be timely, with the requirements now around incorporating Iowa history into the school curriculum.  In fact, we worked with several local educators whose students created an exhibit that is displayed in several Belle Plaine Main Street businesses." 

Eleven actors take part in the re-enactment, and they all come from Pella and Belle Plaine.  The full-costume, theater/radio play is directed by LaPorte City teacher, Dean Bostian.  Bostian is a past recipient of Black Hawk County's Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

According to a press release regarding the production:

 The play premiered in Pella October 14, at the Cox-Snow Music Auditorium at Central College, and the Belle Plaine performance is the play's second presentation. The Wallace Winkie Foundation has received a grant award of $500 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of this collaborative project called Tombstone Trial: The Iowa Connection. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission to the play is free, but freewill donations are accepted.

"Any donations will be used toward support of our organizations' programs.  Our organization, the Wallace Winkie Foundation, promotes lifelong learning, so we give scholarships to non-traditional students and will use donations for that purpose," said Winkie. 

The Longfellow Auditorium is located at 707 7th Street in Belle Plaine. 

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