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Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Dunseith

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The closing of the former San Haven Tuberculosis Sanitarium in 1989 resulted in the loss of 400+ jobs. While efforts to rehab that beautiful building failed, it did result in attracting other businesses to replace the jobs in Dunseith, Rolla and Rolette.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Jamestown

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Trying to create an inviting downtown that draws residents and tourists alike, developers, including The Marcil Group, have led the way in rehabbing downtown buildings in Jamestown for a variety of uses. The Franklin School is a prime example of preserving an historic landmark building.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

The Artistry of Dan Pleska

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Learn how woodworker Dan Pleska creates works of art from raw materials. The program supports the demonstration video Fabulous, FUNctional Furniture like Dan Pleaka's

Jane Frenke l Fabric Artist

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Learn how Jane Frenke uses fabric, a sewing machine, and her creativity to create works of art.

Prairie Churches | Buildings are Total Sensory Experiences

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Hear how NDSU Architectural Historian Ronald L. M. Ramsay explains that some prairie churches are lean and spare, some ornate, but all are influenced by their immigrant congregations’ old country traditions. The story of St. Joachim Catholic Church, La Broquerie, Manitoba, illustrates the point.

Prairie Churches | Hope and Prayer

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Learn about the Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, North Dakota. Dedicated in 1909 it was at that time the largest Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church between the Twin Cities and Seattle.

Indian Pride, Economic Development: Part 5

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Joe Garcia, a member of the San Juan Pueblo of New Mexico and president of the National Congress of American Indians, sings a traditional lullaby. 

Wheeling's Independence Hall

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Examine the history of West Virginia Statehood and the importance of Wheeling's Independence Hall, and learn how this building is being used today.

Spokane's 21st Century Fox | Local Landmark

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Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

"The Young Prince" | Iowa State Fair 2016

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State fairs showcase a wide variety of crafts, skills and even art. Take a close look at this metal sculpture created by S. W. Huffman for the Iowa State Fair. What does it look like? What is it made of?

The History of the Capitol | Our Nation's Capitol

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Join student reporters as they learn more about the Capitol Building and the history that surrounds it.

Home Plates

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The Homer Laughlin Company has a long and strong history of making dinnerware.  Trace the ups and downs of the Fiestaware industry in West Virginia.

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Lefty's Little Steppers, dance group from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, demonstrate their craft.

Camp Washington Carver

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Explore the rich history and present day activities related to Camp Washington Carver

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Crosby

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A large commercial building in Crosby, used primarily as a retail store, has been renovated for use as apartments, a hotel room, coffee shop, and other business space with minimal expense.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

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