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July 12, 2012

Want to be Amazon?

FRANKLIN, Kan. — The Amazon Army will march again this morning on a rural road in Capaldo.

Area women are being invited to participate in the simulated march, which is being organized to be videotaped by Sunflower Journeys. The Public Broadcasting Service program, based out of Topeka, is producing a show about the historic march.

Organizers say the more participants for the simulated march, the better: More than 6,000 women and children were a part of the original march, which took place over three days in December 1921.

But if you want to join them, you will need to play the part.

Those who want to participate in the simulated march should wear a skirt and simple blouse or a dress that is knee length or longer, advised Amazon Army historian Linda Knoll, of Pittsburg.

“The older and less stylish, the better,” she said. For footwear, participants are advised to wear simple shoes or ankle boots — no athletic shoes, heels or flip-flops.

Filming will begin at 8:30 a.m.

To get to the site, from the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and State Park Corner (East 590th Avenue), go west approximately one mile. A brown storefront building is on the south side of the road.

“We will be filming near the building and marching down a country road nearby,” said Knoll, who scouted out numerous locations in search of one that would look historic enough for the re-creation.

Questions?

Contact Linda Knoll, Amazon Army historian, at 620-231-0499 or 620-875-0419.

 

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