Travel Channel crew visits Garden City


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Garden City and Holcomb are ready for their close-ups.

A three-person crew from Optomen USA, a New York City-based television production company that produces programs for the Travel Channel, National Geographic, Food Network, Animal Planet and others, was at the Finney County Historical Museum and other spots around town Tuesday to film possible segments for the Travel Channel show "Mysteries at the Museum."

"Mysteries at the Museum" features six short segments on different history-related topics. Each one is produced in connection with a museum at locations all over the country. On Tuesday, the crew was in town for a possible story about the 1959 Clutter murders in Holcomb and they also shot some scenes inside and outside the museum, as well as throughout the community, Museum Executive Director Steve Quakenbush said in an email to The Telegram.

Quakenbush said it will be several weeks before it's known if and when the segment will be completed.

"If one is produced, it would most likely be broadcast sometime in the spring of 2014," Quakenbush said in the email.

"While the company isn't able to share a great deal of information about what they're producing for the Travel Channel or their other clients, they spent a good share of their time in our research library. However, they also shot video of the Spirit of the Plains and Buffalo Jones Exhibits, as well as in our temporary gallery and on the exterior of the museum," he added.

The production group was led by Aaron Bengston, an associate producer with Optomen, and they were shooting scenes under contract to the Travel Channel.

The crew found out about the Finney County Historical Museum on the Internet.

"Mr. Bengston contacted us in advance, and asked if they could visit the museum and make use of our facilities, since they would be in the region. While it required some adjustments and inconvenience in terms of access, we were happy to accommodate them," Quakenbush said.

Quakenbush said the museum has a few items in its collection related to the Clutter case, but none on display. It does have a "fair number of records relating to the case" in its library.

"It's not unusual for us to receive inquiries about the case from out-of-town visitors, and we do make a few items available for purchase in the museum store, including a book entitled 'Beyond Cold Blood' that addresses the case, as well as others; a history of the Garden City Police Department that includes information about the case; and a CD produced by The Garden City Telegram that includes original stories and other information about the murders," Quakenbush wrote.

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