This new collection of narratives from the Dakota Memories Oral History Project features fascinating stories about home remedies, recalls hospital visits for broken bones and ailments, and explains the art of healing called brauche. Carol Just, a German-Russian descendant and researcher, has provided context for these extraordinary memories.
In German-Russian Food Traditions, Leona (Kuhn) Hoff remembers her mother’s homemade noodles and hardscrabble kitchen, Orion Arlyn Rudolph describes keeping perishables in a bucket in the well, John Gross’ details how to make ‘schwartamagan’ (more commonly known as head cheese), and other narrators tell stories of canning, butchering, and traditional German-Russian dishes and food customs.
German-Russian War Memories” features narrations from the Dakota Memories Oral History Project (DMOHP). This project focuses on the childhood memories of the second-and third-generation Germans from Russia on the Northern Plains, from South Dakota to Saskatchewan. Many DMOHP narrators share stories regarding war — World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, as well as the War on Terror. This program features stories about military service, cultural exchanges, domestic policies, and much more. Public historian Andrea Mott (who was also the 2009 DMOHP interviewer) adds scholarly insight into this ethnic group’s experiences during wartime in America and abroad.
This DVD brings together three award-winning public television favorites that have been broadcast throughout North America. Enjoy “Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia” and “Recipes from Grandma’s Kitchen” Volumes I and II in one DVD package, as well as bonus footage of chefs and complete recipes for the meals featured in the “Grandma’s Kitchen” programs.
Germans from Russia History Collection DVD includes “Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie” AND “Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices: Iron Crosses of the Great Plains”
The Germans from Russia History Collection includes two classic one-hour documentaries. In this dual set, “The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie” and “Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices: Iron Crosses of the Great Plains” are both available on one DVD.
To film “Global Energy and Carbon: Tracking Our Footprint,” Prairie Public visited middle-class homes in three very different environments, Minneapolis, Cameroon, and Delhi, to document a “typical” family’s impact on the environment and workable strategies they can employ to reduce their carbon footprints.
This program is made possible with support from The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota
Folks in the Upper Midwest love their golf. In fact, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba have among the highest per capita rates of golfers in all of North America. Join Prairie Public’s Matt Olien as explores our region’s best small town golf courses in “Golfing Gems: The Best Small Town Courses.”
The program tours courses in Larimore, Oakes, Washburn, South Heart, and Killdeer, North Dakota, and it also features courses in Fertile, Minnesota, and Morden, Manitoba. Golfing Gems: The Best Small Town Courses is a unique Prairie Public production—a “hole in one”—that will inspire you to get the rust off your clubs and try a course off the beaten path.
This CD collection of narratives has been gleaned from the oral histories collection of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.
Some of the narrators are Adam Boschee – Driving Tractor; Alice Ruth Miller Buck – Eating Ergot Kernels, Prairie Fire, Milking In Our Mouth; ElRoy Fischer – Car Catches Fire; Emil E. Schaffer – Funeral Song; James Vetter – Learning to Swim, Life in Russia; Marvin G. Fiechtner, Dirty Thirties; Marvin L. Hartmann – Life on the Prairie; and Ruth Dockter Fischer – Ellis Island.
Hay Day: Musical Barns of North Dakota pays tuneful tribute to the barn, a rapidly disappearing icon of our Midwestern landscape and agricultural heritage.
The 60-minute documentary explores the architecture, history, preservation, restoration, and current uses of seven barns, accompanied by barn dance music from The Radio Stars, Rhythms of the Heart, Tigirlily, The Hay Shakers and more.
The documentary project has also grown to include a music CD and a beautiful coffee table book produced by Preservation North Dakota.
Regional artists have transformed a herd of gray fiberglass bison figures into vibrant works of art. In this 30-minute DVD, Prairie Public follows the artists through the process of designing, creating and completing the bison to create a documentary that celebrates the history of our region and this unique public arts project.
This audio CD features stories from more than twenty “Dakota Memories Oral History Project” narrators who grew up on the northern plains.
“A Holiday Special: German-Russian Childhood Memories” is a project of the North Dakota State University Libraries and is a collection of narratives gleaned from the oral histories collection of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.
“Home-Grown: German-Russian Farm Kids Remember” features narrators of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project (DMOHP) who grew up on the Northern Plains, from South Dakota to North Dakota to Saskatchewan. During their oral histories, they share memories of growing up in an agricultural region. This audio CD features fascinating stories about farm machinery, techniques, and animals. Furthermore, agricultural historian Suzzanne Kelley adds scholarly commentary, placing this ethnic group’s agricultural practices in the larger historical framework.
Filmed in scenic North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota locations through the four seasons, “Homesteading,” a 60-minute documentary, blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendents of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled to create a life for themselves on the prairies.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act and created a world of opportunity for the 372,000 families that poured onto the prairies. The families came for many reasons—a hunger for land, a vision for the future, a longing for adventure, or an interest in profit. Some failed. Some scraped by. Some succeeded and, in the process, put down roots that shaped the region as we know it. Filmed in scenic North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota locations through the four seasons, “Homesteading,” a 60-minute documentary, blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendents of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled to create a life for themselves on the prairies. 60 minutes Producer: Kim Stenehjem Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Editor: Heidi Nelson Videographers: Dave Geck, Ryan Sailer, Ben Stommes, and Frode Tilden Music by Tom Porter and Chuck Suchy Major funding provided by North Dakota Council on the Arts, North Dakota Humanities Council, Minnesota Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund, and by the members of Prairie Public.
You may know hydrogen can be used to fuel vehicles, but did you know that clean, abundant hydrogen is used safely all around you every day? “Hydrogen: Nature’s Fuel,” a 60-minute documentary, shows hydrogen at work in warehouses, golf courses, and even breweries. The hydrogen used in these applications is made in a variety of way from domestic sources. Hydrogen truly is nature’s fuel. With hydrogen, we have the opportunity to create our own clean energy future.
“Hydrogen: Nature’s Fuel” is a production of Prairie Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the National Center for Hydrogen Technology led by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Executive Producers Bob Dambach and Michael Holmes; Editor Ann Hall Anderson; Writers Tera Buckley, Dan Daly, and Kirk Williams; Narrator Joyce Eisenbraun.
In 1982, Judge Bruce Van Sickle issued a series of orders that changed how North Dakota cares for its citizens who are developmentally disabled. Hundreds of children and adults left the overcrowded institutions in San Haven and Grafton to find homes in communities across the state. Thirty years later, I Am A Person is reviewing the historical context and investigating the outcome of that reformation. In this 60-minute documentary, the people who have been most affected by the change speak out—to explore what is possible when people with developmental disabilities are provided with the care they need to live full and happy lives, and to build awareness about how they contribute to their communities through both their work and social capital.
Producer: Kim Stenehjem Editor: Heidi Nelson Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Production funding provided by North Dakota Association of Community Providers through a grant from The North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities and by the members of Prairie Public.
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