Our Town: Terre Haute (2010) (DVD)
DVD; documentary approx. 56 minutes with 22 minutes of bonus material.
Terre Haute residents tell the story of what makes their Vigo County town unique.
OUR TOWN: TERRE HAUTE tells the story of Terre Haute, Indiana, from its origins as a trading post on the banks of the Wabash River in the early 1800s to today’s modern, thriving city with a fast-developing Riverscape Project. The hour-long documentary takes you on a journey through the history of the town known as the “Queen City of the Wabash”—a truly American tale full of inspiring triumphs, dramatic setbacks, and surprising twists and turns.
As the United States navigated the often-turbulent, fast-paced decades of the 20th century, so too did Terre Haute forge ahead, meeting challenges head on. OUR TOWN: TERRE HAUTE explores the city’s rapid growth during the “Roaring ’20s,” its struggles during the Great Depression of the 1930s, its patriotic fervor and sacrifice during World War II, and development as a center of higher education, healthcare, and diverse industries in the post-war decades.
Along the way you’ll meet colorful and fascinating characters, including visionary businessmen Chauncey Rose and Tony Hulman, acclaimed songwriter Paul Dresser, poet Max Ehrmann, and many others. You’ll discover Terre Haute’s surprising number of esteemed institutions of higher learning, including Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. And you’ll get a taste of the city’s impressive array of arts and vibrant festivals that instill Terre Haute with a lively and forward-looking spirit.
Bonus features on the DVD and BluRay include additional segments on Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; the Hillary Clinton visit to the Saratoga Restaurant; the legend of Stiffy Green; Tom Roznowski singing “Back Home Again in Indiana”; and more.
Production support was provided by The Electrical Workers of the IBEW Local 725 and the National Electrical Contractors Association; The Hollie and Anna Oakley Foundation; The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau; and The Wabash Valley Community Foundation.