Brown County is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful vistas and colorful autumn foliage. It’s also been home to a number of notable artists. TC Steele’s presence marked the beginning of an arts movement that continues to the present day.
Musicians, artists, tourists and scholars – Brown County hosts an eclectic cast of characters. What brings them together is a love and appreciation of the land, offering an endless palette of light and color.
Set in southwestern Indiana, Goose Pond: The Story Of A Wetland & Its Neighbors chronicles the struggle that resulted in the largest and one of the most successful wetland restorations of its kind in US history, the 8,000-acre Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area.
Local songwriters share their collection of songs inspired by Scott Russell Sanders’ collection of stories about settling the American frontier.
“There was an element of fate, there was an element of serendipity.” This is how Tim Grimm, folk singer and songwriter, describes his discovery of Wilderness Plots, a book by Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders. The book is a collection of brief tales about the settling of the American frontier. Grimm, together with other musicians began writing songs inspired by Sanders’s stories. What resulted was an innovative venture that blends genres into a complete experience.
WILDERNESS PLOTS: SONGS AND STORIES OF THE PRAIRIE features a selection of these songs in performance and readings by Sanders, all complemented by interviews with the artists and views of the Southern Indiana scenery. The interviews provide background information and offer insight into the artists: their work, their perspectives, their love for music, writing and history.
The idea of the Wilderness Plots songs started with Tim Grimm who was fascinated by the characters described in Sanders’ book. He challenged himself and four fellow Indiana songwriters to write songs that capture the realities, ironies, and aspirations of early pioneer life. Aside from Grimm, WILDERNESS PLOTS features Carrie Newcomer, Krista Detor, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White.
Early pioneer life was more simple than it is today but it was not necessarily easier, and it was frequently violent and beset with danger. Wilderness Plots contains lessons for today and holds appeal for people of all ages. “It’s about dwelling more consciously in the present by learning more deeply about the past,” Sanders said.
The program offers a glimpse into the creative collaboration of these artists. The footage was shot in the historic Mitchell Opera House (built in 1902) and at other scenic and historic sites: a one-room school house, a quarry, an old log home, a rural church, and in the Hoosier forest.
The Japanese American experience of WWII in the Pacific Northwest, as told by survivors and historians.
In a single moment, the United States joined World War II, following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. The semblance of measured serenity and daily life dissolved, and suddenly America shifted itself into the mindset of a nation attacked, a nation at war.
Japanese-Americans became part of a national identity crisis; mistrust flowed into fear, fear into panic. But the now-familiar story of Japanese Americans interned during the war has overshadowed other stories, stories which present these citizens—even in the face of unfair and even illegal discrimination—as among the heroes of the American struggle against tyranny.
Introducing IN TIME OF WAR, a 60-minute documentary narrated by Patti Duke exploring the Japanese-American experience of WWII in the Pacific Northwest. Delving into untold dimensions of the story in a personal vignette format, IN TIME OF WAR sets itself apart as a documentary that goes beyond camp life and explores the full impact of what it meant to be an outsider during WWII:
* Japanese Americans who were evacuated and never interned, but nonetheless experienced severe discrimination and loss
* Those who served in the US Army and fought for American freedom while their families were imprisoned behind barbed wire
* Those who resisted military service for reasons of personal patriotism and integrity, paying the price with island imprisonment
* And finally, those who did indeed experience the degrading alienation of internment camp on some of the most destitute land in America.
Featuring the critical insights of prominent Northwest historians and the poignant images of National Archives historical footage, IN TIME OF WAR gives voice to the forgotten. With humor, nostalgia and intimacy, survivors speak from their hearts:
Two former internees take a long trip back to the remnants of camp in a surprising exploration of life behind barbed wire. “Japan didn’t want us, and the U.S. didn’t want us. We were people without a country for so many years.”
One woman revisits her past as a young girl forced to leave her family behind. “We weren’t very welcome. I felt like I was out in the ocean with nothing.”
A resister talks about liberty lost, love found and life in a time of crisis. His is the story of the unsung hero, an individual whose deepest patriotism for America—the protection of true freedom—led him to an island prison for three dark years.
And finally a former infantryman takes us inside a riveting battle with the Germans—a battle that turned the tide of WWII. “It was absolutely pitch dark,” he said. “We fought for to days, moving only yards at a time. All this business about being disloyal…I thought about stuff like that when the bullets started flying.”
IN TIME OF WAR includes archival footage of WWII and the critical insights of recognized historians. Perhaps one the most compelling features of the documentary is how each subject talks about what it was like to be an American citizen during time of war. Ultimately IN TIME OF WAR reveals that civil liberties are fragile rights, but their struggle to attain these liberties will now never go unnoticed.
Elkinsville: Washed Away by Progress (2003)Edit
DVD; approx. 44 minutes
The story of the town that was displaced by the creation of the state’s largest inland lake.
In southern Indiana, just south of Bloomington and nestled between rolling, forested hills lies the state’s largest inland lake. Lake Monroe contains more than ten thousand acres of water and provides recreation for boaters, hikers, swimmers, and campers. The city of Bloomington and surrounding communities rely on it for a water supply. But underneath the jet skis and fishing boats lie the remains of a town that was washed away by progress.
Elkinsville: Washed Away By Progress is about that lost town. This once peaceful farming community in Brown County was displaced by construction of Lake Monroe in the 1960s.
Through an extensive collection of photos and interviews with former residents, the town of Elkinsville has been brought back to life. The program shows where these residents once lived and worked, and provides a glimpse of Indiana history seen through the eyes of people who can never go home again.
This program recounts the failed efforts by officials to find an adequate water supply for the greater Bloomington area and the circumstances that led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a dam across Salt Creek, thus creating Lake Monroe. The new lake helped control downstream flooding, provided Bloomington with a reliable water supply, and spurred tourism and economic development in southern Indiana. But it didn't come without a price.
The cost was the entire town of Elkinsville. With their land taken away by the power of eminent domain, the residents had no choice but to move on.
Every year an Elkinsville reunion is held to remind people of the town that once was. Though saddened to move, most of the former residents express no bitterness, but rather, fondly remember their old town and enjoy the lake that washed it away.
Produced by WTIU in association with Tabletop Productions.
Production support was provided by the Fourwinds Resort and Marina.
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.”
The story of Reverend Ernest D. Butler, a crusader for civil rights during its most tumultuous era in Bloomington.
This documentary tells the story of Reverend Ernest Butler, his family, and his efforts as a grass roots civil rights activist. The documentary traces his childhood and formative years as a pastor in Connersville to his efforts to integrate public and private facilities in Noblesville. The major segment of the video concentrates on his years in Bloomington, as pastor of the Second Baptist Church. It describes the conditions he confronted on arrival in Bloomington in 1959, and examines his efforts to open up employment and housing opportunities for African Americans in Bloomington. Attention is also given to his daily struggle to improve the lives of the members of his church and the wider community.
The DVD contains the 28 minute program and approximately 19 minutes of additional material, including two songs and extended interview footage.
The distinctive characteristics of Monroe County as a place where people choose to live, to work, and to flourish take root in the people, their individual and shared experiences and accomplishments.
Part 1: Monroe County's natural history and the longtime search for a safe water source. Part 2: Cities and towns, including Stinesville, Ellettsville and the limestone industry's history, Smithville, Harrodsburg; farming; and the Monroe County Fair. Part 3: Education, business, and industry, including Indiana University and the leadership of Herman B Wells, Showers Brothers Company, RCA, downtown Bloomington, and Bill Cook and Cook, Inc. Part 4: Breaking Away and Hoagy Carmichael. Part 5: Athletics and sports figures, including Bob Knight, slow pitch softball, Jerry Yeagley and IU soccer, and Bloomington High School North's 1997 IHSAA championship in boys basketball.
The story of the people and events that define the basic character of Monroe County continues in Spirit of Monroe County II, with a focus on agriculture, music, athletics, and race relations.
Part 1: A visit to the Peden farm on Maple Grove Road for the spring farm festival, where over 3000 kids learn how farm life used to be. Part 2: A 1986 violin lesson with the late Josef Gingold, distinguished professor of music, who epitomized the spirit of music in the community and performances by his students. Part 3: The making of the 1998 5A State High School Football championship of Bloomington South. Part 4: The Indiana University men's soccer team's 1998 NCAA soccer title. Part 5: The good and bad memories of the African-American community about the history of race relations in Monroe County.
Colleagues, University alumni, faculty, and friends define the ideals that directed Herman Wells as IU President and as University Chancellor.
For many Hoosiers, the name Herman B Wells (June 7, 1902 - March 18, 2000) and Indiana University are synonymous.
In THE VISION OF HERMAN B WELLS, colleagues, University alumni, faculty, and friends define the ideals that directed Herman Wells as IU President (1938–1962) and as University Chancellor (1962 - 2000). Archival photographs and films, home movies, as well as contemporary video, capture Wells’ academic and public service activities.
The documentary explores Wells’ philosophy as he pursued racial integration and intellectual freedom, while creating a center for beauty and culture on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Wells was committed to the cultural and intellectual development of each student. In order to acquaint himself with individual students, President Wells strolled across the campus at times that would enable him to meet and chat with them. And no matter how large the graduating class grew, Wells signed each diploma personally.
The program also reveals Wells’ commitment to internationalism, as demonstrated by his wartime service with the State Department, his postwar diplomatic assignments to Greece and Germany, and his 1957 appointment as a delegate to the United Nations. These experiences led directly to Wells’ expansion of international programs at the University.
University Chancellor Herman B Wells continued important work for Indiana University up until his death, raising funds from private donors and promoting academic excellence. The documentary ends with a discussion of the Wells Scholars Program, a living legacy to this influential educator.
Five generations of Indiana stone cutters and carvers who have helped create some of the most beautiful buildings in United States architectural history.
This 28-minute video documents five generations of Indiana stone cutters and carvers who have helped create some of the most beautiful buildings in United States architectural history. With a mixture of interviews, historic photographs, archival film clips and period music, the program reveals a unique culture that values artistry and skill in stone work, yet is humble about its contributions to the building of America. Shot on location in Indiana, North Carolina, Chicago, New York, Washington, and the Florida Keys, the documentary transports the viewer from warm tropical seas of 300 million years ago to enormous underground quarries being worked by stone cutters today. This program is for anyone with an interest in U.S. architectural history, geology, art, and unique artisan cultures.
This documentary explores the affection Americans have for covered bridges, and includes a look at preservation efforts, history, construction, tourism and why covered bridges are important.
Spanning Time: America's Covered Bridges explores the affection Americans have for covered bridges. The program looks at preservation efforts, history, construction, tourism and why covered bridges are important.
“What's fascinating is how universal the feelings toward covered bridges are,” said producer Gino Brancolini. “Everywhere they have covered bridges, people develop an attachment and affection for their bridge. There are instances we heard discussed where someone wanted to tear out the bridge and put in a steel bridge and others would fight tooth and nail to keep it.”
The program contains interviews with preservationists, engineers, builders, restoration experts, tourists, historians and covered bridge aficionados. Because the bridges are often located on rural roads, the program provides incredible scenery from around the country.
The colorful history and elaborate restoration of the French Lick Springs Hotel.
The program traces the magnificent history of the hotel—from its days as a spa and unofficial headquarters for the National Democratic Party—to its decline after World War II—and finally to the multi-million dollar restoration that has recently been completed along with a casino, an additional golf course and full spa features.
Though the hotel itself dates back to 1845, even before the charter of the town of French Lick, it was the end of the 1800s before it grew to international prominence. Managed by Thomas Taggart in the early 1900s, the hotel became famous for its mineral spring Pluto Water and for its championship golf course, designed by Donald Ross. Taggart wanted to make the hotel a relaxing spa where people would stay for weeks at a time and return frequently.
Co-producer Ron Prickel notes that the hotel location was originally selected specifically because of the spring there and the “medicinal value” of the water. “There wasn’t really much in the way of medicine but it was rejuvenating. The Pluto Water was bottled and shipped all over the world. Their slogan was ‘If Nature Won’t, Pluto Will,’” Prickel said.
The hotel attracted famous people from politicians to movie stars. “Bing Crosby was there. Abbott and Costello did a big war bond drive there; the 1924 PGA tournament was there. In its heyday, the hotel had any amenity that was available in recreation at the time.
The program devotes significant time to the hotel’s history, along with the years of work that went into the restoration.
Painstaking attention was paid to detail in the restoration while also adding to the hotel. The Pluto gazebo and spring houses were restored, where visitors can still take a Pluto Water bath. In addition, the spa area was improved to include all modern amenities. The old conference center, where Roosevelt visited, has been turned into a buffet restaurant and a new conference center for larger meetings has been added with a walkway to the casino.
Prickel and co-producer Gino Brancolini said viewers may be in awe of the extreme attention that was paid to detail in the restoration. “It’s something someone could have done, restored it, and it wouldn’t have been as elaborate. But this was done right,” Prickel said. “It was done because the people involved wanted it done well,” Brancolini added. “The goal is to make it the premiere resort area in the Midwest and maybe the country. They have put a lot of effort to return it to the grandeur they once had.”
The rise, demise and restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel.
West Baden Springs: Save of the Century chronicles the rise, demise and restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The program begins with the story of the hotel's 1902 construction by owner Lee Sinclair. The spa's glory days and events leading to the 1934 closing of the hotel are examined, as are structural and decorative changes made during the property's subsequent use as a Jesuit seminary and later use as a college campus for Northwood Institute. The program looks at deterioration that occurred after the building was vacated in 1983, and then, using documentary footage and interviews with key figures in the project, follows the over $30 million historic restoration of the property from 1996 to 1998. The camera records essential emergency work that stabilized the structure, unpleasant and pleasant surprises, restoration of architectural details throughout the main building, the re-creation of the gardens, and the replacement of four decorative towers that had been removed in the 1940s.
The story of the Indiana town’s distinctive buildings—their special features, their architects, and the community that lives among them.
It may be a town of 36,000 people, but it ranks with five of America's biggest cities when it comes to architecture. Six of its buildings, built between 1942 and 1965, are National Historic Landmarks, and 60 other buildings sustain the Bartholomew County capital seat's reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.
This WTIU Production received a 2002 Regional Emmy Award Nomination.
Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design tells the story of the distinctive buildings—their special features, their architects, and the community that lives among them. The architects themselves, along with friends, family, colleagues, and clients tell the story. Among the featured structures are:
* First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen
* Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen, with landscape by Dan Kiley;and its addition by Kevin Roche
* Residence of J. Irwin Miller by Eero Saarinen, with landscape by Dan Kiley
* Mabel McDowell School by John Carl Warnecke
* North Christian Church by Eero Saarinen
* First Baptist Church by Harry Weese
The documentary also includes significant government and corporate structures designed by Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, Paul Kennon, Myron Goldsmith, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Gunnar Birkerts, and other American and international architects.
Columbus residents interviewed on the program include Rene Campbell, J. Irwin Miller, Harry McCawley, Robert Stewart, and Brooke Tuttle. Bartholomew County resident and songwriter Tim Grimm is narrator for the program, and Paul Messing is composer of the original music.
Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design is a production of WTIU, Indiana University in association with Spellbound Productions, Inc.; Terrence Black, producer/director, and Nancy Callaway Fyffe, producer/writer; Steven Krahnke, executive producer.
Production of Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design was made possible by the generous support of The Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus Container Inc., and the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation.
Additional funding was provided by The Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, Inc., the Columbus Economic Development Board, and Cummins Inc. Additional support comes from Frank Adams, Jr. & Associates, Johnson Ventures, Inc., Kramer Furniture & Cabinet Maker, and Textillery Weavers, and by an Historic Preservation Education Grant from the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the Indiana Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Indiana Legends: Madam C.J. Walker – Two Dollars and a Dream” is a story of the first woman in history to start with nothing and earn her own million-dollar fortune. This pioneering businesswoman is an inspiring illustration of a rags-to-riches existence.
Indiana Legends: Madam C.J. Walker centers on a re-issue of award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson's 1987 documentary "Two Dollars and a Dream."
This program remains entertaining, informative, and educational today, combining interviews, historical stills and unique film footage, including scenes from Harlem's famous Cotton Club. The film is punctuated with the music of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and other masters of the era.
The child of slaves freed by the Civil War, Madam C.J. Walker became America's first self-made millionaire. She was an orphan at age 6, a mother at 14, and widowed by the time she was 20. By interweaving social, economic and political history, "Two Dollars and a Dream" not only tells the story of Madam C.J. Walker, but it also offers a view of black America from 1867 to the 1930's.
Newly added to the documentary is an interview with Stanley Nelson and A'lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker's great-granddaughter as they discuss Madam Walker's philanthropy and social activism, two topics only briefly discussed in "Two Dollars and a Dream."
Stories of the Underground Railroad, emancipation, reconstruction and segregation are still told in the Midwest. Added to those now is the tale of another leader whose message of hope, inspiration and change has inspired people around the world.
As Barack Obama became President of the United States, many people wanted to make the journey to Washington DC to join hundreds of thousands of Americans to witness the Inauguration first-hand. WTIU tells their stories and reports on the historical significance of the 2008 Presidential election.
WITNESSES TO HISTORY is the story of the historical significance of the election and inauguration of Barack Obama. WTIU cameras accompany a Monroe County group to Washington D.C. to be among the millions witnessing the swearing-in of the nation’s first African-American President. Obama’s victory—improbably—may have been sealed in the Republican stronghold of Indiana when he became the first Democrat since 1964 to carry the state.
The historical impact of the election of the country’s 44th President is chronicled in this 30-minute special. Starting with a more than two- century fight for equal opportunities and culminating in a day many— including a Monroe County veteran of three wars—thought they’d never see. Political experts and well-known leaders including Dr. Cornel West and former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy reflect on the significance and the importance of the 2008 election. Though other black men have run for president—including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Alan Keyes—they all failed to gain a major party’s nomination, a barrier Barack Obama overcame.
Columbus, Indiana’s motto is “Unexpected, Unforgettable.” Our Town: Columbus tells the story of this truly surprising city, from its origins as a small agricultural community to its modern incarnation as a multicultural city, home to one of the world’s most impressive collections of modern buildings, and one of the country’s most dynamic corporations.
For architecture enthusiasts, Columbus is best known for its incredible collection of modern structures, featuring buildings and bridges designed by some of the world's most famous architects, including I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Richard Meier, Eliot Noyes, and many others. This hour-long documentary tells the stories behind Columbus's famous Bartholomew County Courthouse, the revolutionary First Christian Church, and the spectacular private residence of former Cummins Corporation CEO J. Irwin Miller.
Columbus, though, is about more than just architecture. Our Town: Columbus also depicts the city's early years, when Columbus was the epicenter of a thriving furniture industry, producing some of the world's finest pieces. Viewers will also learn about the young entrepreneur Clessie Cummins and the founding and rise of his company, Cummins Engine Company - one of the world's largest and most innovative makers of diesel engines.
Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, Columbus has played an important role in world events, serving as home to Camp Atterbury - an important training ground and hospital during the Second World War - and continuing to support and promote architectural innovation. Today, with its newly revitalized downtown, year-round festivals, state-of-the-art hospital, and burgeoning business community, Columbus is truly thriving.
Our Town: Columbus captures the spirit and tells the remarkable story of this truly unexpected, unforgettable gem of a town.
Saving Places tells the stories of individuals who are engaged in revitalizing, protecting, and preserving our historic places in Indiana. This video documentary tells the stories of four sites from across Indiana: Wilson Bridge near Delphi; The John Jay Center for Learning in Portland; Lyles Station School near Princeton; and the Maple Grove Road Historic District near Bloomington.
There are dozens of important historic places in Indiana that are constantly threatened by sprawl, obsolescence, and lack of official protection. Others are disappearing before our eyes by abandonment, neglect, and deterioration. But we can be encouraged because there are many places in our state where people decided to work together to preserve unique historic sites.
Produced by WTIU in cooperation with Indiana Landmarks, Saving Places tells the stories of individuals who are engaged in revitalizing, protecting, and preserving our historic places in Indiana. This video documentary tells the stories of four sites from across Indiana: Wilson Bridge near Delphi; The John Jay Center for Learning in Portland; Lyles Station School near Princeton; and the Maple Grove Road Historic District near Bloomington.
Today, historic preservation is much more about the future than about the past. Saving our historic landmarks helps us build meaningful communities for the future. It also helps us provide a place for those who come after us in which they will understand and appreciate the special culture of Indiana.
Saving Places focuses on the positives of “community-building” and economic growth that successful preservation can engender. Viewers will see the astounding transformations and find out what inspires people to get involved. What actions were taken? What obstacles were faced or are still being faced? All of the projects required organization, commitment, passion, and energy. While there are similarities—each story is different.
The story of the people and events that define the basic character of Monroe County continues in Spirit of Monroe County III, with a focus on arts and culture, life sciences, and diversity.
Spirit of Monroe County’s Companion Website
Monroe County has a long and storied history—a history chronicled in the WTIU-produced documentaries Spirit of Monroe County I and II. The latest installment, SPIRIT OF MONROE COUNTY III, turns to the present, documenting the county’s abundance of resources in arts and culture, science, and the people who make it all happen.
In part I of the documentary, “Arts & Culture,” producer John Winninger takes a behind the scenes look at the success of the Cardinal Stage Company, samples local delicacies at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, Oliver Winery and Taste of Bloomington, and visits some of Monroe County’s many seasonal festivals.
Part II, “Life Sciences,” surveys some of the most exciting advances in life sciences research and business in Monroe County, including cutting edge proton therapy at the IU Cyclotron facility, and recent developments on stent technology at Cook Medical.
Part III, “Diversity,” finds Winninger exploring the incredible variety of people and institutions that are the heart and soul of Monroe County.
In chronicling the here and now, SPIRIT OF MONROE COUNTY III depicts a region where a flourishing of arts and culture, scientific discovery and diversity point toward an even more dynamic future.
Production support provided by Smithville Telephone, McCrea & McCrea, and CFC, Inc.
The remarkable story of an American hero who overcame racial barriers to succeed on the football field and in life.
INDIANA LEGENDS: GEORGE TALIAFERRO is the remarkable story of an American hero who overcame racial barriers to succeed on the football field and in life.
A star halfback at Indiana University in the 1940s, George Taliaferro led the Cream and Crimson to its only undefeated season and Big Ten Football Championship. As a student activist, he helped desegregate the Bloomington campus, opening local restaurants and movie theaters to African Americans.
In 1949, Taliaferro made history by becoming the first African American to be drafted by an NFL team. The “Jackie Robinson of Professional Football,” he revolutionized the pro game with his unique combination of speed, quickness and all-around ability. As a player and later a social worker and university administrator at IU, Taliaferro was an outspoken opponent of racism and bigotry, fighting for equal opportunities for all students.
This DVD chronicles the life of a true Indiana legend, including bonus material on Taliaferro’s youth in Gary, Indiana and racism in the United States in the 1940s.
Produced for WTIU/Indiana University Television by Rob Anderson and Jeremy Shere.
Production support was provided by the Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics; Indiana University Alumni Association; Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; Indiana University Press; Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Celebrates Indiana state parks, introduces viewers to their vibrant beauty & the people who have dedicated their lives to preserving them for future generations.
Widely recognized as among the best in the country, Indiana state parks are a great source of Hoosier pride. Anyone who has visited Turkey Run, McCormick’s Creek, Indiana Dunes or any of the dozens of other state parks can’t help but marvel at their natural wonders.
Although we owe the parks’ raw beauty to glaciers and other natural forces, these wild areas would have vanished long ago if not for the largely behind-the-scenes efforts of the many people—park directors, conservationists, ecologists and others—who over the past century have worked to preserve some of Indiana’s most stunning natural landscapes.
INDIANA STATE PARKS: TREASURES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD showcases and celebrates these wild lands, introducing viewers to their vibrant, natural beauty and the people who have dedicated their lives to preserving the parks for future generations.
Produced for WTIU/Indiana University Television by Ron Prickel.
Production support was provided by Vectren Foundation, Stewart & Irwin, Attorneys at Law, and Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund.
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.
Interviews with hometown friends, including former UCLA coach John Wooden, former teammates, former players, other coaches, family members, and colleagues tell the story of the Indiana University basketball coach, Branch McCracken (1938-1943, 1947-1965). Includes footage from 1940 and 1953 championship play. NBC sportscaster Dick Enberg is host. Interviews include former players Bob Leonard, Archie Dees, Walt Bellamy, Tom Bolyard, Dick and Tom Van Arsdale; and former IU coach Bob Knight.
Always in charge, whether in the boardroom, in the cockpit, or at the wheel of the bus driving Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps to its next competition, Bill Cook was a man on the go.
Bill Cook is best known as the visionary founder and leader of the medical devices company Cook Group. But he was also a devoted husband and father, an avid pilot, a major force in historic preservation, and even produced a Tony award-winning Broadway musical.
Bill Cook: A Heck of a Ride, produced by Ron Prickel, presents a compelling portrait of the man behind the legend.
CUBA: THE FORGOTTEN REVOLUTION tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria — a school teacher and architecture student — whose names seldom appear alongside their more famous contemporaries, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.