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Ernie Pyle's War: A Documentary on Ernie Pyle World War II Correspondent

Produced by Todd Gould, WFYI Productions, and the Indiana Historical Society

Ernie Pyle’s War traces the life and works of one of the most popular American writers of the 20th century. This documentary features rare, historic film and photographs, as well as revealing interviews with historians, veterans and others who knew and served with Pyle including Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney and Charles Osgood.

DVD / 30 minutes / 2012 / $19.95
Order No. 1521

Out of the Shadows: Portraits of Historic Women Artists

Produced by Lisa DeHayes, WFYI Productions, and the Indiana Historical Society

This compelling documentary explores the lives of women who followed their dreams and pursued careers as professional artists during the early twentieth century. These women exchanged washboards and mending baskets for canvas, stone, and other demanding mediums. Through interviews with an artist of the era, as well as historians, art curators, and specialists in the field, the artists' stories unfold one-by-one. As a companion to the Indiana Historical Society Press's book Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists, the tales of these Hoosier artists offer insight into the culture and values of the greater Midwest, and the nation, during this period.
DVD / 44 minutes / 2005 / $5.00
Order No. 1522

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

Carnegie Center for Art & History

Meet the ordinary people who changed history.  Through an artful blend of historical narratives and re-enactments, this unique program draws viewers into the lives of real people, both free and enslaved, whose selfless acts of courage helped fugitive slaves find hope and freedom.

DVD / 60 mins / 2012 / $24.95
Order No. 2936

Freedom is My Home

Charlotte Battin Productions

"Freedom is My Home" is a play about the Underground Railroad told from the point of view  of a Quaker woman.  Margaret Ella Scott is an abolitionist and active participant in the Underground Railroad activities in 1853.  She has called together a group of interested people (the audience) who are there to learn about the "Railroad" and how they can help.  She tells stories of daring escapes and of friendships born in the course of helping runaways. 

DVD / 45 min. / $15.00
Order No. 2918 

Indiana 1700-1851 Native Americans to the National Road

Indiana Historical Society and the Sanders Group

The four programs on this two-DVD set, each with a teachers' guide, enrich the study of Indiana history, helping meet Indiana's academic standards for social studies and national curriculum standards:
"Frontier Indiana (1700-1800)" explores the interaction of Native Americans, French, British, and Americans in the area that became Indiana. (30 minutes; made with support from Lincoln Financial Group Foundation)
"Pioneer Indiana (1880-1851)" emphasizes the transformation of Indiana from frontier to settled state, including the Indiana Constitutions of 1816 and 1851 and transportation developments. (45 minutes; funded by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust)
"Hoosiers All" features four students telling their family stories of musicians, farm life, military heroes, and circus heritage. (32 minutes)
"Who Do You Think You Are?" describes the ethnic groups that settled Indiana, considering where they came from and why, how they adjusted while maintaining their ethnic roots, and what contributions they made. (27 minutes)

DVD / 134 min. / $19.95
Order No. 2902

Indiana State Parks: Treasures in Your Own Backyard (DVD)

Produced for WTIU/Indiana University Television by Ron Prickel

Indiana State Parks: Treasures in Your Own Backyard (DVD)

This new documentary tells the story of the staff, visitors, challenges, and natural and cultural resources of Indiana State Parks since their beginning in 1916. It is a companion to the Ken Burns documentary on the national parks system, which aired on PBS stations nationally in the fall of 2009, and is one of the first events in preparation for the Indiana State Parks Centennial Celebration in 2016.

DVD / 112 min. / $19.95
Order No. 2783

The Artists of Brown County (DVD)

Lyn Letsinger-Miller, production
Clyde Lee, narration
Jon Kay, music

DVD Artists of Brown County

As a companion to her classic book The Artists of Brown County, Lyn Letsinger-Miller has produced a 30-minute DVD recounting the story of the remarkable Brown County art colony.

In addition to full-color reproductions of paintings and graphic work by 15 artists, the DVD features photographs by Frank Hohenberger, live footage of the artists from a 1947 film, and scenes of Brown County today. Musical selections by Jon Kay and narration by Clyde Lee enhance this vibrant multimedia tour of an important aspect of Indiana's artistic heritage.

DVD / 30 min. / ISBN 978-0-253-35044-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2672

Long Journey Home: The Delawares of Indiana (VHS & DVD)

WFYI Productions
Rita Kohn and Michael Atwood, Producers
James W. Brown, Photography

Long Journey Home

How does an American Indian tribe preserve its heritage while functioning in modern America?  Long Journey Home tells the story of "walking in two worlds" through the family of Dee Ketchum, tribal chief of the Delaware Indians from 1998 through 2002.  The documentary blends pivotal events from the tribe's past with current efforts to sustain its culture through family and community activities.

VHS / 2003 / $1.00 (no additional discounts apply)
Order No. 2669

Young Lincoln: The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1816-1830 (DVD)

In 1816, Abraham Lincoln’s family members left their home state of Kentucky and traveled to the Indiana wilderness looking for a new life with greater economic and social freedom. Seven-year-old Abe spent the next fourteen years, one quarter of his life, in the Hoosier State. His time in Indiana was filled with hardship, hard work, and a deep-seated passion for knowledge. The joys and trials of Lincoln’s boyhood formed his personality, shaped his early political notions, and molded his character. Join leading historians for a journey back in time to explore a little-known chapter in the life of one of America’s great leaders.

DVD / 2005 / 27 mins / $16.95
Order No. 761

The Life of Lincoln: Video & Interactive Group Learning Tools (DVD)

A three-disc set, The Life of Lincoln: Video & Interactive Group Learning Tools chronicles President Abraham Lincoln’s life from his early years to his assassination and its aftermath. The DVD explores Lincoln’s life through the Indiana Historical Society Lincoln collections and includes interviews with Lincoln experts and contemporary footage shot at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois; Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site; the Indiana Historical Society; and Lincoln’s Boyhood National Memorial in southern Indiana. The Life of Lincoln includes a comprehensive, downloadable 79-page teacher’s guide with activities for the classroom and an 11-page facilitator's guide for use with adult groups.

DVD / 2005 / 50 mins /  $16.95
Order No. 2548

Songs of Freedom: Music from Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage (CD)

Produced by Solid Light, Inc. for the Carnegie Center for Art History, Inc.

Songs of Freedom: Music from Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

"Songs of Freedom was created to complement the permanent exhibit Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad at the Carnegie Center for Art History in New Albany, Indiana."

"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (play)
"Steal Away" (play)
"Follow the Drinking Gourd" (play)
"Wade in the Water" (play)
"O, Canaan" (play)
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (play)
"Go Down Moses" (play)
"This Train is Bound for Glory" (play)
"Down by the River" (play)

compact disc / $16.00
Order No. 2603

The Natural Heritage of Indiana (DVD)

WFYI Productions
Samuel Orr, Documentary Filmmaker

The Narural Heritage of Indiana DVD

Marion Jackson described his vision for the book The Natural Heritage of Indiana as “a celebration of Indiana’s natural heritage—its natural and human history, its landscape and its life—what it once was, what it is now, and what it promises to be.” He emphasizes the importance of understanding the past to prepare “us better to mold Indiana’s future.” He issued this challenge: “if you feel moved to help protect what remains of Indiana’s natural heritage, our objective will have been fulfilled.”

The series shares that mission. Documentary filmmaker Samuel Orr has spent more than two years and has traveled thousands of miles to bring the landmark book to television in a four-part documentary series. The programs are produced in stunning high definition and reveal their subjects through breathtaking photography, time-lapse cameras, and innovative camera placement.

DVD / 2008 / $30.00
Order No. 2721