Buster Keaton
The Marx Brothers:
Celebrating Am
erican Laughter

September 25 - 26, 2015, in Iola, KS
Official Web Site

Film and enlightenment from the era of Buster Keaton and film comedy.

Last updated 9/21/2015

Special Guests for 2015

Charlene Fix
Rodney Sauer
Rob Arkus

Charlene Fix

Award winning poet,
Author of
Harpo as Trickster
Ono Hiroyuki

World-reknown Chaplin Scholar
Rodney Sauer

Founder and director of the
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Rob Arkus

Film historian and archivist.
He comes up with some of the rarest and most obscure film material

Overnight accommodations
Lodging for the Iola Keaton Celebration has been scarce this year.
As of  8/28, pm,
 14 N. State Street, Iola,
had 12 rooms available.
Rooms can be booked by phone
This facility has been extensively remodeled
its new owners.  It has been open for only a few weeks.

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2015 Program

Everyone is welcome to join our Journey to Buster's Birthplace on Friday Morning.
Buster was born in Piqua, KS, just 7 miles west of Iola on Highway 54.
We will be leaving the Bowlus Fine Arts Center at 10 am.
Or if you have your own transportation go and meet us there at the
Keaton Museum. Ignore the DETOUR signs and go west from Iola on Highway US 54.
When you reach Piqua., turn North to the Museum.

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Film comedian and director Buster Keaton was born in Piqua (Pick-way), Kansas, in 1895 while his parents were performing in a traveling medicine show. Each year Iola, KS, -- seven miles east of Piqua --, hosts a celebration in Keaton's honor.

All activities are held at the  Thomas H. Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas.

Funding provided by

Clopton Family Trust

The Kansas Humanities Council

The Sleeper Family Trust

City of Iola Convention and Tourism

and with help from  private donations

Link to Carol Yoho's Keaton WebSite
(A great site--Includes Accomodations Information and Photos from the Past Celebrations)

All activities are held at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas.

There are no fees. Donations are always welcome.

[Keith Goering] (goeringk@cox.net)