Hometown: A Journey Through Terre Haute, Indiana (2004)
DVD; approx. 45 minutes
Host Tom Roznowski takes viewers on an improvisational tour of 1926 Terre Haute via a look at six historic structures.
Hometown: A Journey Through Terre Haute, Indiana takes an in-depth look at six of these buildings, transporting the viewer to a place that stands as monument to the way most Americans lived their lives in 1926. Based on the popular public radio program Hometown with Tom Roznowski, the documentary features Roznowski on a walking tour of Terre Haute in an improvisational exploration of history.
“We're trying to change the way people see Terre Haute,” Roznowski says. “Many people don't see it as very exceptional. One of our goals with this program is to uncover the fascinating in the everyday.”
“There were a lot of aspects of everyday life in the 1920s that we face as challenges now,” says Roznowski. “There was a balance between the rural and the urban in Terre Haute, the traditional and the cutting edge of technology. We always make the assumption that progress is being made as time passes. Terre Haute is case where a city actually declined over the course of the 20th century. It provides a window on America and American life that is very revealing once you explore it.”
Companion Web Site
The COMPANION WEB SITE contains a detailed program description with comments from the filmmakers, and images of vintage maps and postcards.
The documentary is based on the public radio program Hometown with Tom Roznowski.