Cosmosphere Celebrates Freedom, History

CosmosphereBecky Christner
Marketing and Public Relations Manager


Hutchinson, Kan. – Opening February 12, 2014, the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, a new giant screen documentary, We the People, is joining the Cosmosphere’s regular lineup of shows. The film was produced by Inland Sea Productions, a company based in Overland Park, Kan.

Narrated by the iconic voices of Morgan Freeman and Kenny Rogers, this commanding historical documentary is the story of America’s founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped and tested them. From men who would defy a king, to a man who would not let the “more perfect union” die, to women who struggled for equality, We the People delivers a powerful national self-reflection and inspires every citizen to uphold the ideals and truths of our Republic – tenets that so strongly influence all our daily lives.

The magnificent buildings, monuments and memorials of Washington, D.C., archival paintings and photographs from America’s great museums and dramatic reenactments of key events in Philadelphia, Boston, Mt. Vernon and other historic locations come alive through the immortal words of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To kick off the film’s opening, the Cosmosphere is offering complimentary screenings of We the People to all visitors from February 12 through February 17, 2014 due to underwriting by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.

“This is such an important film, with a clear historical message that is applicable to the nation’s current climate,” said Jim Remar, President and COO of the Cosmosphere. “We felt it was imperative that we do our part to spread that message.”

We the People is a must-see for all of us who today are privileged to live with the freedoms set out in our nation’s founding documents,” said John Montgomery, Editor and Publisher of The Hutchinson News. “We the People is a historical documentary that should inspire in all who see it the appreciation and reverence for our founding fathers and their passionate and articulate expression for civil liberties. As a beneficiary of one of the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights – the freedom of speech and of the press – The Hutchinson News is proud and pleased to help sponsor the showing of this film at the Cosmosphere.”


The film, which was produced with support from the Charles Koch Foundation, is being brought to the Cosmosphere through a grant from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. Their interest in underwriting this film presentation was to make it available to the people of Kansas, especially students and educators. The film is locally sponsored by The Hutchinson News.

Supporting materials and workshops, provided by the Cosmosphere with support from educators, will be available for teachers to use as a tool to help classes learn about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the continuing battles for equality United States citizens have fought for more than 200 years.

Thursday, February 27, 2014, a Teacher’s Workshop will be held at the Cosmosphere. From 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy an introduction to Constitutional studies, live lectures streamed from the Kirby Center, be introduced to field trip curriculum supportingWe the People, learn the connections between the Constitution and the Space Race, and view the film. Teachers who attend have the option of earning Continuing Education credits from Central Christian College for participating, and will be provided with meals and materials for the day, as well as a travel stipend. Workshop schedule and details are available on To register, contact Laurie Givan at or (800)397.0330 x323 or (620)665.9323.


With the release of every new documentary, Cosmosphere Members are invited to exclusive complimentary screenings of the film. A special presentation by Aimée Larrabee, Lead Producer of We the People and owner of Inland Sea Production, with opening comments by John Montgomery, will take place prior to each screening February 23, 2014 and during a reception in the Cosmosphere’s banquet room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ms. Larrabee will introduce each screening and take part in an exclusive Q&A for Members and their guests at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Aimée Larrabee has developed, created and produced a variety of projects over the past 17 years, including the Emmy-Nominated PBS documentary film, The Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie, which included a companion art book she co-authored, published by Barnes & Noble. Ms. Larrabee has produced and directed two IMAX short films, Kansas City Presents and Celebrate Detroit, as well as numerous documentaries, educational films, interpretive programs, and visitor center films. She has had the honor of directing film tribute biographies on and interviewing Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, New Zealand Prime Minister James Bolger, Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty and numerous other political and creative leaders.

Ms. Larrabee has received many accolades for her work, including an Emmy Award for documentary production, three nominations for general excellence in the National Magazine Awards, and several educational honors. She is a contributing writer for a variety of national publications, including USA Today.

Member screenings will take place February 21, 22 and 23 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Members should contact Patti Shank at (620)665.9310or (800)397.0330 ext. 310 to reserve their free ticket. Members are welcome to bring guests for a reduced price of $6 per ticket.

For more information on membership or to become a Cosmosphere Member, visit or call (620)665.9310 or(800)397.0330 ext. 310.

The Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere houses the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.  It also houses the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.  The Carey Digital Dome Theater proudly supports education. The Cosmosphere’s education department provides field trips, assemblies, and the internationally acclaimed Camp KAOS summer space adventures, which utilizes STEM principles to inspire explorers of all ages and build leadership and teamwork skills. Information about Camp KAOS can be found at For more information about the Cosmosphere and the Carey Digital Dome Theater, visit

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