MAQUOKETA—Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will relate the dramatic story of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3” at Pioneer Day on Oct. 6.
The state of Iowa is named for the Native American Ioway, who were forcibly moved from their Iowa homeland in 1837 to a reservation on the border of Nebraska and northeast Kansas.
The Rundles, who live in Moline, Ill., will speak at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Jackson County History Museum at the fairgrounds. They will outline the history of the Ioway tribe, display Ioway artifacts and items related to the films, and show excerpts from their documentary series.
“Lost Nation: The Ioway”, the first in the three-part documentary series, was completed in 2007. It was released nationally on DVD in 2008 and was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the Midwest in late 2010.
The “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 & 3” sequels will be released this month on a single full-featured DVD. The sequels tell of intermarriage, broken treaties and the end of communal living, which led to a split among the Ioway in 1878; a second Ioway tribe was established in Oklahoma, and the Rundles are honorary members of that tribe.
Both tribes endured hardship and challenges to their traditions and culture. The sequels note that it took the Ioway tribes until the 1970s to achieve successful land claims and self-determination.
The Rundles also created “Country School: One Room – One Nation”, winner of an Emmy nomination in 2012, and “Villisca: Living with a Mystery.” “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” is in post-production, while they are currently working on “Hero Street” and “River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6.”
DVD copies of many of their documentaries will be available for sale in the museum.
Jack Willey, president of the Jackson County Historical Society Governing Board, noted that this year’s Pioneer Day has fun and educational events for children on the schedule—games, crafts, petting zoo, and hands-on demonstrations.
• What’s a talespinner? It’s a person who takes a tall tale and spins it into an even taller tale. “Stories get taller over time, and the pioneers heard and told some pretty tall tales on their way west,” said talespinner/troubadour Darrin Crow of Cedar Rapids; he spins and stretches some of those tall tales.
Crow, who has been entertaining people in the Eastern Iowa area since 1999, has given many children’s programs at schools, libraries, and special events. He will recite favorites stories in “Feathered Pigs and Cats for Iowa: Tall Tales of the Pioneers”—his presentations are at 11 am and 3 pm in the outdoor 4-H shelter, weather permitting.
• Gary and Denise Kaasa of rural Davenport will give demonstrations on egg hatching in Janssen Hall. They have been a popular attraction at the Jackson County Fair.
The Kaasas have been raising Dominique chickens for more than 10 years. They started giving egg-hatching demonstrations in the North Scott elementary schools more than five years ago, and have also taken their presentation to the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport for the last five years.
• Bernie Kluesner, a retired farmer from New Vienna, has made scale models from a large variety of wood species. He will exhibit many of his scale models, and will be available throughout the day to answer questions about his woodworking hobby.
Kluesner brought a 1/12 scale tractor-trailer with dozer to the Iowa State Fair in 2009, and his creation was voted Best of Show. The award-winning model took him 350 to 400 hours to create.
• Every city or town in Jackson County has been invited to have a display in the exhibit area in Janssen Hall. From Andrew to Zwingle, each town can display information about their town’s history, citizens and important events.
• The Eastern Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association will conduct competitions in the outdoor arena throughout the day, and they will perform a shoot-out and stagecoach robbery at 12:30 pm.
• Pioneer Day attendees can take a leisurely tour around the Jackson County Fairgrounds—Forrest Miller will provide free horse and wagon rides. Free tractor and wagon rides will be provided by Mark Drake.
• A large variety of exhibits and demonstrations are planned in the museum and Janssen Hall, as well as outside areas of the Jackson County Fairgrounds. You can watch basket making, butter making, and other pioneer crafts. A steam engine will be stationed near the machine shed.
• Chelle Cain of Three Feathers Trading in Wyoming will make soap over an open fire. Her products will be available for sale. Another open fire will be used by Jerilyn Danielson of Wyoming to make jellies, soup and stew. Jars of jelly will be available for sale, and samples of soup or stew will sell for a nominal charge.
• Quilts will be displayed in Janssen Hall by Loose Tension group members from Maquoketa, and Denise Hughes will return to demonstrate hand quilting.
• Paul Rohrbacher of Scotch Grove will demonstrate his blacksmith skills.
Besides the new exhibitors, old favorites will return:
• Owner Janet Koehler will put her sheep dogs through a herding demonstration.
• Little John and his dog, Katie, will return with their Mountain Man Camp.
• Archie McNeil returns to demonstrate hand corn shelling
• Michelle Turner will show her skills at the spinning wheel
• Mike Mumm of Preston and Naomi Till of Springbrook will offer hand-woven rag rugs
• An old-fashioned chicken and noodles or beef and noodles dinner, prepared by the Maquoketa Eagles, will be available for $5 in Boyer Hall from 11:30 a.m. until gone. A food stand will be open throughout the day with a variety of drinks and sandwiches.
• Both the Jackson County History Museum and the Penningroth Machine Shed are open for free tours during Pioneer Day. The museum will feature special exhibits, while the machine shed will look remarkably different.
Post-1920 farm equipment and artifacts have been moved to the new machine shed at the Clinton Engines Museum, allowing more room to view the non-powered implements, artifacts, Cornelius Log Cabin and older pioneer items still located in the Penningroth Machine Shed.
Some long-buried treasures have resurfaced in the machine shed, and the Jackson County Historical Society is looking for assistance in identifying them. Be sure to stop at the machine shed during Pioneer Day to see if you can identify any of the items located in the center aisle.
Admission is $5 at the gate; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Schedule of Events
All Day Exhibits, Yates General Store and Food Stand – Janssen Hall
Children’s Crafts – Janssen Hall
Free tractor and wagon rides, horse and wagon rides around fairgrounds
Eastern Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association
Activities – outdoor arena
10 a.m. Flag-raising ceremony
10:15 a.m. Country church service – Janssen Hall with retired Pastor Sunnie Hermetet officiating; Hymns by Red Henton
10:30 a.m. Sheep dog herding demonstration with Janet Koehler
11 a.m. Talespinner/Troubadour Darrin Crow in the outdoor 4-H shelter
11:30 am Until gone — chicken and noodles or beef and noodles Dinner for $5 – Boyer Hall;
Red Henton will provide music during dinner
12:30 p.m. Stagecoach robbery and shoot-out near outdoor arena
1 p.m. Ioway Indians presentation by Kelly and Tammy Rundle in the Jackson County History Museum
2:30 p.m. Sheep dog herding demonstration with Janet Koehler
3 p.m. Talespinner/Troubadour Darrin Crow in the outdoor 4-H shelter