ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – A thirty-year documentary on the history of the House of David is screened at select Michiana theaters.
House of David: Life Everlasting focuses on the story of the religious community known as the House of David that flourished in Benton Harbor in the early 1900s.
The township has attracted thousands of converts and millions of customers to its thriving fruit markets, hotels, chalets and amusement park.
House of David is best known for its baseball team, which captured major league attention like Babe Ruth and Satchel Paige and helped break the color barrier in professional baseball.
After a sex scandal and a division within the community, its members were finally reduced to nothing.
Chris Siriano has dedicated over 30 years of his life to immersing himself in the history of the House of David and has now teamed up with Moondog Productions to create a feature-length documentary based on interviews with historians and authors and using images from the House of David archives. .
“I think it’s by far the biggest piece in Michigan history,” Siriano said. “I have acquired so many artifacts, information and pieces of paper, and the people of the House of David told me this story as soon as they were still alive and now it is important for me to share now that they’re gone.
Despite the scandals that drove the community to extinction, Siriano believes that by telling the community’s story, a lesson in positivity can be learned.
“For thirty years I was very careful, but we just tell the truth and tell the truth,” Siriano said. “Thirty-five million people visited the House of David grounds without violence, without bad things happening, leaving happy and with a great experience.”
The documentary is the first part of what Siriano hopes will be a ten-part series that will ultimately tell the full story of the House of David.
House of David: Life Everlasting is currently available through the House of David Museum in St. Joseph and is screening throughout Michiana this July.
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