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Prairie Churches | Immigrant Church Artist

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Berthold von Imhoff graced more than 90 churches with his art, but St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, may be his finest work. The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches. Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the dreams of settlers who sought to forge future for their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. 

Elisa Korenne: Steamboats on the Red

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Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it's hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul and Winnipeg. This original song by Minnesota musician Elsia Korenne tells the tale of willpower and cut-throat competition that brought steamboats to the Red and made them work.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Lisbon

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Watch how the community of Lisbon is enhancing its downtown by rehabilitating the Lisbon Opera House with the help of a theater group, the “No Name Players.”

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 | Marcil Group

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Learn how the Marcil Group focuses on projects in small towns, redeveloping historical buildings for new housing primarily.

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 | Watford City

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Learn how the community of Watford City has moved old wooden structures to an historical park and preserved numerous downtown buildings with revenue from a one percent city sales tax in order to encourage tourism and economic development.

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 | Arnegard

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Learn about the work of one former resident of Arnegard who returned home and overcame attitudes of some local naysayers to rehab the town’s 25,000-square-foot closed school, and reopen it as the "Old School Bed and Breakfast."

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 Lincoln Memorial | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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The Lincoln Memorial, designed by architect Henry Bacon, sits at one end of the National Mall. Watch this video to learn more about the memorial, its design, and internal features. The memorial was created so that visitors climb steps that are “intentionally long and high, both to lift the memorial high in the air so that it can be seen from a distance, and also so that the climb itself is somewhat arduous.” Enter the memorial to find a giant statue of Lincoln, sitting on a chair, then wander through the chambers to read his addresses.

The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

The Big Leagues | Georgia Stories

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When people think of film making, they normally think of Hollywood, however, Atlanta is has become a prominent area for the filming of movies and television programs. Atlanta has grown from small railroad town to a bustling metropolis. No matter what you are looking for you can find it there: sports, TV, news, arts, entertainment, music. Atlanta has them all.

116: Modern Georgia, Part I | Georgia Stories

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Life in Georgia has changed drastically in the past 60 years. What kids did to pass the time in the 1950s doesn't look like how kids relax today. But the ideas and emotions are the same. It is all still modern Georgia. This episode looks at how childhood activities have changed in the past 60 years, Atlanta's 60 plus year love of baseball, and, more, recently, how three Georgia kids became part of the state's growing movie industry.

Indian Pride | Treaties and Sovereignty | Part 3

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Sister Betty Jean of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut tells the story of a Mohegan elder who made a basket as a gift for a relative. On the way, he needs to quench his thirst and asks a farmer for some cider. When the farmer tries to deny the elder some cider by trying to trick him, the elder uses resources around him to teach the farmer a lesson about respecting elders and avoiding violence in conflict resolution.

The Muppet Show | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how the Muppet Show got it's start in 1976 in this exerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. This biography of Henson shows how the weekly variety format starring Kermit the Frog became the #1 show in America. Jim Henson's growing cast of characters of both puppets and humans became a sensation.

The Muppet Movie | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn about the box-office success of the first Muppet Movie in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After the success of the first two Muppet movies, Henson creates "The Dark Crystal." Thought the "Dark Crystal" fell short in ticket sales, Henson continued to push the boundaries of feature films and worked with animators for recognition as an artist and not simply an entertainer.

Primetime Puppets | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how Jim Henson's puppet work on "Sam and Friends" in college influenced his creation of Kermit and the Muppets in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson meets his future wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Nebel. As Henson's television career takes off in the spring of 1956, his brother Paul dies of injuries suffered in a car accident.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Hatsu-Obon Firing and Apprentice Reunion

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This video clip offers a detailed description of the firing of the kiln, during which several alumni come back to volunteer in honor of three women who were significant to the development of the pottery program at Saint John's University.

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