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Argonne Rebels exhibit coming to Great Bend Public Library
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      An exhibit featuring the Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps will open Monday, June 1, at the Great Bend Public Library.
      “The Hometown Team: How Our Community Championed Its Youth,” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s “Hometown Teams” initiative. The Great Bend Public Library joins 17 museums, historical societies, libraries and community organizations across the state to document local sports stories.
     The Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps was founded in Barton County in 1947 and became a world class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. It was one of the 13 founding members of the Drum Corps International. The Argonne Rebels continued to perform until 1984.
     The library has worked with Argonne alumni over the past year and half to prepare for this summer exhibit. Additional programming is designed to accompany the overall theme of the Hometown Teams initiative: “How Sports Shape America.”
     The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 5. Related events going on throughout the summer range from sports-themed movies and book club talks to an exhibit dedication.

Scheduled events:
June 10 – Movie: “Cinderella Man” at noon
June 12 – Movie: “Space Jam” at 3 p.m.
June 19 – Dixieland music and watermelon feed at 6 p.m.
June 25 – Open Book Club discussion of “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall with Dr. Kim Stanley at 7 p.m.
June 26 – Movie: “Angels in the Outfield” at 3 p.m.
July 8 – Movie: “Field of Dreams”at noon
July 10 – Movie: “The Greatest Game Ever Played” at 3 p.m.
July 11 – Exhibit Dedication at 3 p.m.
July 23 – Open Book Club discussion of “Our Boys” by Joe Drape with Dr. Kim Stanley at 7 p.m.
July 24 – Movie: “The Mighty Ducks” at 3 p.m.
Aug. 12 – Movie: “Eight Men Out” at noon

“The library could not be prouder to play host to this exhibit this summer,” Marketing Librarian Jennifer King said. “It has been in the planning stages since the fall of 2013 and it will be a huge moment when it is finally open to the public.”
The Great Bend Public Library has worked with Pageantry Inc. and the Kansas Humanities Council ( to make this project happen.