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‘Searching for La Yarda’ documentary to screen at Lawrence Arts Center in October

A short film documenting the story of La Yarda, the housing unit built for Mexican American railroad workers from 1920-51 in East Lawrence, is set to screen next month.

The project, by local filmmakers Lourdes Kalusha-Aguirre and Marlo Angell, uses photos from archival resources and includes newly filmed interviews with previous residents of La Yarda and their descendants, according to a Friday news release about the project.

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“Searching for La Yarda” will be screened at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. The event is in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), and the film screening is part of the Ghosts of Segregation exhibition’s supplementary programming.

The screening is free, but registration is required in order to adhere to capacity limits. Masks are required to attend. Find more information at this link. There’s a Facebook event page here.

Humanities Kansas awarded $3,500 to the Percolator Lawrence/Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual Arts (LCAVA) to support the film, according to the release. Read more about the project from the Times’ earlier coverage here.

Contributed photo Former La Yarda residents Pedro “Peter” Romero, Alberta Romero Gutierrez, Valentina Romero Guerrero and Teresa Romero Martinez.
Contributed photo Local filmmakers Lourdes Kalusha-Aguirre (left) and Marlo Angell kneel in front of former La Yarda residents Pedro “Peter” Romero, Alberta Romero Gutierrez, Valentina Romero Guerrero and Teresa Romero Martinez.

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