“The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” a documentary film by Paul Bonesteel, will have two free showings during the Sandburg Days Festival. The film will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Carl Sandburg College Fine Arts Theatre, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St., Galesburg. “The Day Carl Sandburg Died” takes a look at Sandburg’s life and explores his influence.
The April 20 showing will be followed by a presentation from the Galesburg Public Art Commission regarding the Poet in the Park Sandburg sculpture project, which will place a bronze sculpture of Sandburg in Galesburg’s Central Park. Refreshments will be served after the film.
The April 21 showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven, Poetry Slam founder/creator Marc Smith and Knox College Director of Creative Writing Robin Metz, who are all in the film. Refreshments will be served after the film.
Both film showings are sponsored by the Galesburg Public Art Commission and are part of Sandburg Days festival for the mind, which takes place April 18-21 in Galesburg and honors Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and his family by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities. A complete list of events for Sandburg Days festival for the mind can be found online at www.sandburg.edu/festival.