One Book Steamboat kicks off with ‘The Dust Bowl’ documentary |

One Book Steamboat kicks off with ‘The Dust Bowl’ documentary

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents part one of Ken Burns’ two-part film “The Dust Bowl” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Library Hall. The documentary chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up” followed by a decadelong drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.


What: “The Dust Bowl,” documentary screening
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

The film chronicles the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. Vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance.

This event is part of One Book Steamboat, the library’s 2018 community read featuring John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic “The Grapes of Wrath.” First published in 1939, the book chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family.

Throughout October, the library is hosting many additional enrichment events to accompany the community read. In addition, the library has purchased extra copies of “The Grapes of Wrath” for its collection to ensure everyone is able to check out a copy of the book, read it and participate in the community conversation.

To find out more about the One Book Steamboat events or sign up to join a book discussion of “The Grapes of Wrath,” visit

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