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Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Revitalizing Downtowns

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Many rural communities are struggling to preserve their downtowns, their economy and their identity, which can be helped by revitalizing historical buildings.

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 | Bowman

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To help the community of Bowman survive, keep business at home, and provide jobs, the town has morphed a grocery store into the library and a lumberyard into a museum.

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.”

Minnesota Legacy Short | Paul Olson: Sculptor

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Learn about Minneapolis sculptor Paul Olson who started out in life never intending to be an artist of any kind. But once he found his passion, sculpting became a way of life. Paul regularly makes and sells installations to Twin Cities businesses. The Concordia College of Moorhead graduate let us follow his process and find out what drives him.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | The Apprenticeship in Japan

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Richard Bresnahan, Master Potter, talks about his pottery apprenticeship in Japan. He explains "tsuchi-aji," which means "the taste of the clay." It is metaphor for a spiritual element of Japanese pottery making.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Sustainability and Community Involvement

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Learn how a sense of community emerges during a firing of the massive Johanna kiln.

Introduction | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the creation of Kermit the Frog and the highlights of Muppet creator Jim Henson’s life and career in this video from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson's determination to be more than a children’s entertainer led to his foray into moviemaking and the enduring characters he created. The blockbuster premiere of “The Muppet Show” in 1976 brought Henson's dream of prime time Muppet success, a dream that began in the early years of television.

Steamboat Jimmy

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Learn about James Rumsey, the first man to invent the steam powered boat, and the challenges he faced when he demonstrated it for a crowd of people.

Navajo Rug | History Detectives

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THE DETECTIVE: Eduardo Pagán.

THE PLACE: Crownpoint, New Mexico.

THE CASE: History Detectives investigates the mystery behind an unusual Navajo rug. We meet with a Navajo medicine man and a traditional Navajo weaver, and then travel to Crownpoint, New Mexico, long considered the center of Navajo weaving to discover if a weaver violated a taboo to create this rug. Finally, History Detectives visits a textile historian to find out who may have been behind this controversial design.

Outdoor Installation

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Truman Lowe, a contemporary sculptor, works with students to create a collaborative art project at Wickliffe Mounds. Wickliffe Mounds, located in western Kentucky, was the home of a now-vanished Native American society—the Mississippian culture—from about 1000 to 1300. Lowe, who is from Wisconsin is of Native American heritage, a Winnebago/Ho-Chunk. The student art installation was intended to honor the legacy of the Mississippian culture.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Hillsboro

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Hear how the Hillsboro Community Partnership has led the rehabilitation of two significant buildings on the central downtown corner of Main Street and Caledonia Avenue.

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.”
 

 

Sesame Street | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the formation of The Children’s Television Workshop in 1966 launched Sesame Street in this video excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Led by Joan Ganz Cooney, The Children's Television Workshop was born amid social upheaval. Henson joined the CTW’s “Sesame Street” though he was reluctant to be lableled a little kid's producer. The show was a huge success.

Kermit’s Legacy | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the legacy of the Muppets lives on after Jim Henson's death in 1990 in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After Henson's death, his family and colleagues agree to continue their life’s work with the Muppets. An emotional Muppets TV special airs six months after Jim’s death.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Judy Garland Museum

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Born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, the world came to know her better as legendary entertainer Judy Garland. The Gumm family moved to California when Judy was just a child, but visitors can tour the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, especially during the exciting Wizard of Oz Festival each June. In addition, you can walk through the house Judy grew up in.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Bresnahan Home

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Natural materials and simplicity of traditional Japanese forms are used in the design and decor of the Bresnahan home, as seen in this video tour.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Flamenco guitarist Geron Decker of the San Carlos Apache of Arizona who describes his work and performs several songs.

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