|Oscar Micheaux Festival, March 24-25, 2001
about the festival
The main north/south street in Great Bend is Main Street, which is also US-281.
One block north of Lakin & Main, at the corner of Forest & Main, is the Barton Arts Center, the home of the Barton County Arts Council, under whose auspices the Festival is being held. In October, 2000, the Arts Center featured Oscar Micheaux in a window display. Plans are being made for an exhibit worth visiting during the Festival. Some Festival activities may be held at the Arts Center.
A few steps east of the Crest is Kansas Avenue. The Elks Club is one block south at 12th Street. They'll host an informal Saturday luncheon for those attending the festival. Being within easy walking distance of the Crest means that the lunch break can be kept reasonably short and also provide an opportunity to mingle.
The map at the top of this page also shows the location of the two largest motels in Great Bend, the Holiday Inn and the Best Western Angus Inn. These are about a mile west of downtown Great Bend on Tenth Street.
At the northeast corner of town is the Golden Belt Country Club, the venue for Sunday evening's Oscar party.
Clicking on the map at the top of this page will take you to the same at MapBlast. You can then zoom in or out for the scale you prefer. You are then welcome to print copies of these maps prior to your visit.
Another venue of interest is the Eden Valley Cemetery where several of Micheaux' relatives are buried. If you want to visit that cemetery, we have maps and directions for you.