Posted 11 Jan 2019
"Step Into: Miss Laura's" will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10 p.m.
Sitting alongside the banks of the Arkansas River between Fort Smith's historic downtown and former Indian Territories stands Miss Laura's Social Club.
Out of seven row houses that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district, Miss Laura's is the only house of ill-repute that has stood the test of time. Defying flood, flame and tornado, it is the first former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places, and it has been fully restored to its original grandeur.
But, the surviving facade of this turn of the century landmark is only part of the story, and this film will introduce viewers to Laura Zeigler and the girls who made the house famous.
"Step Into: Miss Laura's" follows a short journey of a handful of girls inside Miss Laura's bordello. Written from rare pieces of factual information, the film recreates a glimpse into what life may have been like inside the historic bordello.
"Step Into: Miss Laura's" will also air Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
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