Saturday, October 14 

Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, FHSU


​In honor of the 150th Anniversary of our community ~ and to celebrate our 50th Anniversary ~ the Hays Arts Council is proud to present “A Quiet America” in its first ever authorized U.S. screening. This 1976 documentary was produced by Swiss Television to highlight small-town America during our country's bi-centennial year. Hays, Kansas was the community they chose and the 83 minute film is truly a time-capsule treasure of our community, its history, and citizens nearly a half-century ago. The film (without French voice-over) will be preceded by “Back to Hays,” the French producer’s 30 minute “sequel” filmed in 2015.

Through the film, you will revisit downtown Hays and the Philip Hardware Store, dragging main, local radio and television, law enforcement, churches, Vine Street stores & The Mall, and local citizens representing those areas including: George "Scotty" Philip (Philip Hardware), Harold Kraus (Agriculture), Frank Flax (International Harvester), Errol Wuertz (KAYS Television), Jim Purdy (Hays Police Department), Pete Felten (Sculptor), Bill Miller (First United Methodist Church). . . and activities such as livestock sales, Rotary Club meeting, Bingo at the American Legion, wedding march featuring the Hermanettes, and more!

Even if you are too young to find yourself in this film, there's a good chance you could see your parents or grandparents in one of the many scenes in this "slice of life in Hays, Kansas" 1976 film.

Event schedule:
6:30pm - Lobby opens with historic Hays displays
7:00pm - 2015 "Back to Hays" 30-minute documentary by the original film maker, revisiting the subjects of his 1976 film
7:45pm - Introductory remarks to the 1976 film
8:00pm - "A Quiet America" (1 hour, 23 minutes in length)

It is general admission seating -NO admission fee or tickets required - - BUT, to determine the need of whether or not to open the balcony for seating, please indicate if you are "going" through this event page. 


Film produced and made available by:
RTS Radio Télévision Suisse


Presentation made possible through a partnership with Fort Hays State University.

"A Quiet America"