- Associated Press - Friday, January 15, 2016

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) - Residents from Broken Bow and the surrounding area have begun filming a documentary to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Tom Butler Bandstand.

The North Platte Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1SmCTwe ) reports that people dressed up in period costumes Thursday to start filming the video that will dramatize scenes that may have taken place in and around the structure in 1916. Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donnis Hueftle-Bullock has been working on the project for three years, and says the film will be shown to the public Jan. 30 to show some of the structure’s history.

“We knew this was going to happen in 2016 so we thought this would be a great way to kick off the annual banquet,” Hueftle-Bullock said.

The director said that they were using a little creative license in their dramatizations, which includes a wedding scene and a dance.

The Custer County Historical Society Museum helped with the costuming.



Mitch Hunt, who is producing the film as part of Huntrex, Inc., is looking for people who may have special stories about the bandstand or photographs that they would like to share.

The bandstand was renamed in 1992 to honor Tom Butler, a Broken Bow musician who began performing at the bandstand in 1924.

Some notable people who have spoken on the bandstand, including William Jennings Bryan and President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, https://www.nptelegraph.com

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