Flickinger Films Presents Hellava Way to Treat a Soldier: A Documentary and Discussion

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Presented by Jornada Research Institute 

Leading the discussion of the film will be Dr. Jeffery Hanson (JRI Vice President), who served as the Bureau of Reclamation Archaeologist during this time and was deeply involved in the criminal investigations and field efforts. Also, David Greenwald (JRI President), who directed the field efforts to collect information relating to the looting and directed the excavations and recovery all human remains, will introduce the film and address questions. Mr. Mark Hungerford, US Bureau of Reclamation Archaeologist and a member of the investigation team, will also be present to address questions following the film

A century after his death, the remains of Private Thomas Smith, a 19th century “buffalo soldier,” were stolen from a remote frontier cemetery in New Mexico. Making matters worse, the perpetrator then kept the soldier’s bones in his home for thirty years. When he died at Fort Craig in 1865, Private Smith was buried with military honors. How he wound up as a macabre trophy in someone’s personal artifact collection is a focus of the documentary film “Helluva Way to Treat a Soldier.”
Flickinger Center 
1110 New York Ave 
Date/Time Information:
June 21st
Contact Information:
Keri Mack
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