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Our Town Sheffield

Volunteers from Sheffield Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series

Grange Fair--An American Tradition

Experience one of America's oldest and most famous county fairs through the eyes of key organizers and attendees! A unique Pennsylvania cultural phenomenon, the Centre County Grange Fair is widely regarded as the last remaining encampment fair in the United States. The Grange Fair: An American Tradition examines this celebrated event, which brings nearly 10,000 families and farmers from across the country to Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, each year. Orginally conceived in 1874 as a one-day picnic to introduce rural Pennsylvania farmers and their families to the Grange organization, the fair has grown to become the backbone for the shrinking rural and agricultural communities of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Tracks Across the Sky

The Kinzua Viaduct stood 23 feet taller and was completed a year ahead of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. But this symbol of American ingenuity rose out of the wilds of Pennsylvania, carrying coal and sightseers across the plunging Kinzua Gorge. Brilliant engineers overcame incredible obstacles to design it. Bold entrepreneurs found the funds to build it. And 100 brave workers, many of them immigrants, completed the job in 94 days. Made from prefabricated wrought iron in 1882 and reconstructed of steel in 1900, the bridge ushered in a new era of industry and invention. Some of the nation's most celebrated engineers had a hand in its design. But no one anticipated the tornado of 2003. Not even Octave Chanute, the engineer of record for the Erie Railroad, who would later teach the Wright brothers how to harness the wind.

Our Town Jersey Shore

Volunteers go out and about in the Jersey Shore area of PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Our Town Jersey Shore Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town State College (regular cut)

Volunteers go out and about in their town of State College, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Sears houses, Beaver Stadium, and Mount Nittany are depicted. Produced by WPSX-TV

Johnstown Flood

Rumors and fears that the South Fork Dam might burst were widespread for many years, but ignored. On May 31, 1889, townsfolk fears were tragically realized when a 40-foot wall of water raced down the Conemaugh Valley, devouring everything in its path. Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss captures the emotions of survivors who watched as Johnstown, Pennsylvania was transformed from a bustling industrial city into a wasteland. May 31st marks the 118th anniversary of this tragic event. To commemorate this event, public television stations across the country will be airing Johnstown Flood throughout the month of May.

Pennsylvania Parade #143 - U. S. Chronicle: God's Country, U.S.A. / Festival

God's Country USA - A small, white, wooden church, isolated in a fog-shrouded mountain valley, with cars crowding the parking lot for the morning services--"Sunday in God's Country; an American classic." But mixed with the distant hymns is the sound of gunfire. Tomorrow is the opening of deer season and Potter County (Pa.) hunters are "sighting-in" and revving up. Here are the effects--good and bad, depending on your point of view--of the yearly explosion of hunters streaming into "the deer-hunting capital of the United States." NBC and Sports Illustrated come; the firemen's dance is a crowded success; deer are "harvested." And in a few days the valleys are peaceful again--except for a few local residents quietly hunting the snowy hillsides above ice-covered streams. Recreation as community problem, big business, and modern folklore. Festival - Haluski, pierogi, and pigs-in-blankets. Moonwalk, bingo, nickle-pitch, and Madonna. "A money-making activity and a social activity, to bring the people together." Welcome to Christ the King Church, Houtzdale, PA. Despite intermittent rain and a shortage of wieners, the 13th Labor Day Festival went off as scheduled. The four-day event, organized by Rev. L. M. Kuziora and a small army of volunteers, is representative of the harvest festivals which dot the calendar each fall in rural Pennsylvania. With dinners, dances, and games-of-chance, they are gatherings of neighbors and strangers, come together for relaxation, conversation, and sometimes a free basket of groceries. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.*

Our Town Huntingdon

Volunteers take home video cameras out to areas in Huntingdon, PA that they feel make the town a special place to live. See also http://wpsx.psu.edu/ourtown/default.html

An Amish Portrait

Features interviews with several Old-Order Amish in a southeastern Pennsylvania farming community in an effort to explain to non-Amish people how members of their sect think, feel, and live. A watchmaker, a farmer and his two sons, and a quilt-making housewife and her daughter discuss the traditions and principles of Amish life as taught in Scripture. Aspects of education, farming, dress, the impact of tourism, beliefs in conflict among the adults, and occasional wayward behavior among the youths are presented. Produced by Karyl-Lynn Zietz. Not available in Lancaster, Chester, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, or Berk Counties, PA

Pennsylvania Train Stations: Restored and Revitalized

©2002 This documentary takes viewers on an unconventional rail journey, focusing on stations across the state of Pennsylvania. While visiting with the owner/custodians, viewers will uncover the richness of these beautiful memorials to railroading and experience their wonderful stories. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Northern Cambria

Volunteers from ANorthern Cambria, Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series

Our Town Altoona

Volunteers from Altoona, Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Tyrone

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Tyrone, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town Hollidaysburg- The Kids Cut

Kids from Hollidaysburg go out and about in their town with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Reynoldsville

Residents of Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania film the town and are interviewed about why they choose certain locations and activities. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series See also http://wpsx.psu.edu/ourtown/default.html

Flowing Free: Karthaus to Keating

Take a visual journey down the west branch of the Susquehanna river. Discover through still photographs and stories the beauty of one of Pennsylvania's last semi-wild areas.

Pennsylvania Parade #104: Teachers and Gardners/Return to Bitumen

Teachers, Gardners: Teachers/Gardeners covers a wide range of topics inlcuding educational philosophy, administrative strategies, man's relationship to the environment, religion, gardening and retirement. Return to Bitumen is an account of a coal mining community in northwestern Pennsylvania. Return to Bitumen: Jerry and Shirley Brown work Christmas day. And Easter. And Memorial Day, and Labor Day, and Groundhog Day, and National Peanut Butter Day. Their 62 milk cows don't understand what weekends, holidays, and vacations are all about. Jerry and Shirley farm for a living; 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. and later, 365 days a year. Their investment in land, equipment, and livestock is close to a quarter million dollars; their debts are frequently close to that. Twenty-six dairy farms have gone out of business in "the home valley" in the last 20 years, but the Browns hang on. It is what they know, what they are content with; and they will continue, as long as they can. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #142: Working on the Railroad

Working on the Railroad: The Story of Altoona PA, is a one-hour documentary about the history of the PA Railroad and its impact to the area. Covering history from the late 1800's to the 1970s, this video includes reminscent interviews with people who worked on the PRR, historical photos, and exclusive stock footage - including the wreck of the Red Arrow. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #119 - Profiles on Rural Religion: Separate Realities

Suzie Anderson attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lock Haven, PA. Glenn Stover attends First Baptist, just across a 25-foot alleyway. But their religious beliefs and practices are separated by a far greater distance. Suzie is a "seeker"; she is exploring her religious commitment, asking questions, questioning the answers. Glenn is "born again." There are no questions in his settled and serene religious faith. This film develops the religious viewpoints of two very different--but strongly committed--individuals and offers the opportunity to compare these two variations on the ages-old question of "proper" religious behavior. From the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary ProjectPart of the Rural America Documentary Project. ©1979

Houses of Worship Pennsylvania

With roots based in the ideal of "spiritual liberty and religious freedom", Pennsylvania's churches, chapels and cathedrals are tributes to inspired architecture and are true symbols of the diversity and significance of religion within every community large and small.

Pennsylvania Parade # 121 - Profiles of Rural Religion: Sugar Valley Sampler

Sugar Valley is a "bowl," with only two breaks in the mountain rim. For 200 years, it was largely self-sufficient, economically, socially, and religiously. Since World War II, however, the Valley has slowly changed. There are two Lutheran churches where once there were nine, a group based out of the United Church of Christ is fighting a school merger with a district outside the Valley, and at the annual community picnic there are now electric-guitared rock groups. But the content of the lyrics--the gospel message--has remained much the same. This is a film of preservation and of change, of meeting the needs of the times and of holding on to what is dear. Sugar Valley is changing, but gradually, sometimes grudgingly and, when possible, on its own terms. From the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #123: A Day with Darlene

Looks at a day in the life of Darlene, a twenty-eight-year-old Appalachian housewife with four children living in poverty in central Pennsylvania. Released in 1976. Includes her household routines and interaction with her husband, boyfriend, and oldest daughter. Designed as a supplement to "Notes on an Appalachia County: Visiting with Darlene", (50483). Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project. Not available for use in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Parade #127 – That Special Year

This program documents the experience of high school through candid statements made by seniors and staff at DuBois Area High School. These students and staff share their experiences and express their feelings toward graduation. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project . ©1983 Do you remember what it feels like to be one of 40 million units in the seventh largest industry in the United Sates? Do you remember senior-day pictures, cafeteria chili, the Homecoming dance, skipping seventh period? Do you remember the excitement and the chaos--and the fear--of your journey through high school? For most of us, high school is an end-point, the last major social experience we will share together in such numbers, the place where we pass from child to adult. From here, we go our separate ways--to work, to college, to marriage--but the commonness of the experience will shape our lives. More of us go to high school than marry; more graduate than have children. Being a senior, getting ready to face the world, means a year of final experiences, unnerving to some, but very special to us all.

Pennsylvania Parade #117 - Profiles of Rural Religion: We're Really In It With you Charlie

Rural pastor Charlie is an "Outsider" having moved to the area only one year before. Charlie Mason is a thoughtful smart aleck, irreverently reverent, a counselor, a politician, an outsider in the small rural city where he is pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lock Haven, PA. Rev. Mason is in conflict with his new congregation. He believes "they just want to have a church, and I want to do something important in the lives of people." Conflict--real and imagined--is at the heart of this examination of a clergyman and his relationships with his congregation. From the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #157: The Darlene Chronicles

"Well, I'm 28, and I've got four kids. And I'm also married! (laughter)" (October, 1970) "That was my life; my kids was my life. Now they're gone. I don't have a life." (February, 1995) For twenty-five years, we watched. Darlene carried water, built a fire, slapped a child; the child grew, had children of her own, now refuses to speak to her mother. Darlene had a husband, and a boyfriend, "that certain someone"; "that certain someone" was dismissed, another boyfriend arrived, and her husband remained. Darlene lived in a three-room cabin, without running water or indoor plumbing; she moved to a five-room house, with running spring water but still without indoor plumbing. Darlene was "flat-assed poor" (her term); she is still flat-assed poor. For twenty-five years we watched, as the children (five; one graduated from high-school) grew and left home, and as Darlene, her husband, and her boyfriends grew old. A generation passed before our eyes—-and cameras. A remarkable record of an Appalachian family. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #118: - Profiles of Rural Religion: Welcome to Clinton County

An introduction to the religious makeup of Clinton County, PA. From the ethnic Catholics of Renovo, through the fundamentalist Baptists of North Bend and the struggling Jews of Lock Haven, to the consolidated Lutherans of Nittany and Sugar Valleys, this is a survey of religious conditions and outlooks in this rural county. The film also serves to set the scene for the remaining films in the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #120 - Profiles on Rural Religion: Three Who Care

Religious involvement can be casual; in these three cases, it is not. Sue Jensen is a seminary intern, encountering the Salona Lutheran Church. Sue is suburban-raised, Princeton-educated, and a woman serving as pastor of a small, rural congregation. She is, to say the least, in contrast to her congregation's expectations. Connie Richardson is a rural activist in the Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God. She sings; she plays the organ; she teaches Sunday school; she is a missionary to her neighbors. And Connie believes: in the biblical "gifts", in prayer, in healing, in her power to perform miracles "in the name of the Lord." Celeste Rhodes Larsen is a nonbeliever in a strongly religious community, a former Jew in a predominantly Christian population, and a creative dance professor at a small teachers college. Her skepticism counterpoints prevailing attitudes. Rural religion is varied, intense, and decidedly alive. From the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1979

Our Town Curwensville

Volunteers from Curwensville Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series

Our Town Johnsonburg

Volunteers from Johnsonburg Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series

Notes on an Appalachia County: Visiting with Darlene

Darlene, age twenty-eight, married, with four children, subsists on welfare and lives in a $14-a-month house in central Pennsylvania. Reveals a way of living -- poor, uninformed, and day-to-day -- in the United States in 1971. Interviews Darlene as she goes about her daily routine. Also see A Day with Darlene (60331). Produced by P.J.O'Connell and Lisa J. Marshall for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV.

PA's Route 6: A Grand Highway

It runs almost 400 miles from the Ohio border to New York. In between there are plenty of places to see and things to do. Pa.'s Route 6: A Grand Highway takes viewers on a road trip full of fun along U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania. Also know as "The Grand Army of the Republic Highway" the route has been named as one of the country's most scenic drives. 60 minutes. c WPSX TV.

Pennsylvania Parade #122 - Profiles on Rural Religion: Last Words

To conclude the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series, the series consultants, sociologists Don Crider and Joe Faulkner, come to the TV studio for some analysis and some dialogue with the subjects of the six documentaries. But the dialogue develops most strongly between the subjects themselves, as questions of diversity and religious choice become prominent. And the program provides a final, frontal encounter between Suzie Andresen and Glenn Stover (see "Separate Realities"). Their quite different religious views, untempered and forcefully put, illustrate the range and intensity of religious expression in Rural America. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Our Town Lewistown

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Lewistown, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town St Marys

Volunteers go out and about in their town of St Marys, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Ridgway

On July 22, 2000 a group of volunteers from Ridgway area took to the streets to help produce a video scrapbook of the people, places and happenings of their part of the world. Their images, stories, and personal comments combine to make a most memorable program. © 2000 The Pennsylvania State University See also http://wpsx.psu.edu/ourtown/default.html

Our Town Emporium

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Emporium, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town: Altoona--Take 2

Residents of Altoona, Pennsylvania film the town and are interviewed about why they choose certain locations and activities. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town: Smethport

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Smethport, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town Brockway

In the Fall of 2007, volunteers from this Jefferson County community helped to produce this video-scrapbook of people, places and happenings of Brockway, Pennsylvania. Their images, stories, and personal comments combine to make memorable programming. Our Town Brockway

Our Town Hollidaysburg

Volunteers from Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania, videotape their town. Videographers are then interviewed about why they shot certain places and activities in the town. Part of WPSU's Our Town Series

Pennsylvania's Route 30 - The Lincoln Way

©2000

Our Town State College (director's cut)

Volunteers go out and about in their town of State College, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Pennsylvania Journey

Peirce Lewis, Penn State professor of geography and president of the Association of American Geographers, hosts a journey through the commonwealth's geographic space and historic time -- from Philadelphia in 1682 to Pittsburgh in 1983. The trip emphasizes the diversity of the state, visiting a classic farm and a market town in the Piedmont, a beehive coke oven near Mount Pleasant, Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, the mountains of the central and northern regions, and a countryside ravaged by mining. Produced by Penn State Television / WPSX-TV.

Pennsylvania Parade:#115 - Profiles of Rural Religion: Go and I'll be with You

At 33, Paul Wonders was a successful dairy farmer, with a wife, six children, and a farm that had been in his family for four generations. He "got saved" at an evangelistic meeting in 1948, sold the farm, became an itinerant tent preacher and later an ordained minister. Today, he is pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God in Hammersley Fork, an unincorporated crossroads community in the most sparsely populated corner of Clinton County, PA. The Wonders have built a new church building; they hold four exuberant services a week for their congregation of less than 100. They and their church are flourishing. This is an exploration of a minister and his wife--co-ministers--and the joyous brand of evangelism they conduct in their lives and in their church. From the "Profiles of Rural Religion" series. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #131 - Our People #2: A Tale of Reliance and Hope

Thsi program gives equal weight to the serious and festive sides of membership in a volunteer fire department. There are seens of men fighting fires and training to fight fires, but also shots of pumping contests, beer drinking and raucous bull sessions at the firehall. This program explores the force which motvate a typical small town fireman. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

State College Centennial: What's in a name?

Re- live what it was like to eat at Fred's restaurant, browse in Hoy Brothers, pick-up a paper at Graham's,or linger over coffee at the Corner Room in "What's in a Name".

Silver Cereal Bowl

The program, produced by Channel 3, looks at how midget football builds a sense of community with the players and with the adults who dedicate themselves to passing on a tradition and teaching something more than the game itself.

Pennsylvania Parade #146 - The Powers That Be: Strictly Political

THE POWERS THAT BE is a series of ten half-hour documentaries which chronicles the daily work world of three commissioners of a rural Pennsylvania County (Clinton County.) The series illustrates the practical political problems that best elected officials of small-to-medium size local governments. This program introduces the county, the three commissioners, and the nature of elective office. The burden of the program is on describing the political background in which the commissioners operate, beginning with their Inauguration Day. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #148 - The Powers that Be #5: Search for Success

THE POWERS THAT BE is a series of ten half-hour documentaries which chronicles the daily work world of three commissioners of a rural Pennsylvania County (Clinton County.) The series illustrates the practical political problems that best elected officials of small-to-medium size local governments. Clinton County is plagued by high unemployment and a dwindling industrial base. The commissioners are committed to activating economic development. The problem is how? Other agencies within the county have been trying to do the same thing for years. Businessmen's and development groups are suspicious of the intentions of the commissioners, and there is competition from surrounding counties. The commissioners run headlong into politics, old animosities, and turf protection. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #147: The Powers that Be #2: Emergency

THE POWERS THAT BE is a series of ten half-hour documentaries which chronicles the daily work world of three commissioners of a rural Pennsylvania County (Clinton County.) The series illustrates the practical political problems that best elected officials of small-to-medium size local governments. A flood threatens Clinton County and the commissioners are on the scene throughout the night monitoring rising water levels. They observe information-flow problems, miscommunication, and noncooperation among the agencies and persons responsible for flood management. At stake is the public's welfare: property and (perhaps) lives. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #107:Victim's World

"Sometimes you get a call and you hear nothing but crying for a while." Rosalie Danchanko and her staff at Victim Services, Inc., help the victims of society's "unspeakable" crimes: rape, incest, child molestation, physical and sexual abuse. The Victim's World is not pleasant television, but the recollections of victims and of the volunteers and staff members who have tried to help them are important and compelling--compelling in their grim frankness; important in their warning that, as one staff member explains, "It can happen to anyone. Abusers and victims are not a separate entity that sits over there in the corner while the rest of us sit here. Victims and abusers are you and me." Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #138: Portrait of the Leader as a Young Man

At 26, Greg Schneider is not yet a recognized community leader. But he plans to be. He has--as many of his high school classmates have not--returned to his hometown of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, to make his living and to raise his family. He knows that leadership will be an important factor in the stability and prosperity of his community; he pitches in. There is his job as executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation, volunteer participation in a local planning group and a local collegiate center, and an active role in attempts to continue local airline service into his isolated rural community. Not all are successful; business development and community planning are often low-return endeavors. But the experiences are invaluable for a young man seeking a role in shaping the future of his hometown. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

The History of Kane

1/2 hour program highlighting the history of Kane, PA.

Pennsylvania Parade #151 - Americans, Too: 1 -- Black Experiences in Rural Pennsylvania

This six-part series focuses on the challenges and successes of black Pennsylvanians who live and work in rural areas of the Commonwealth. The first program offers an overview of the series and listens to some of the voices that speak for this segment of the population: a retired Clearfield couple, an award-winning author in Bedford, a militant Mount Union pastor, and three women from single-parent families in Altoona. Produced by P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #152/ Americans, Too: 2 -- Do You Hear What I'm Saying?

Conveys the resentment and frustration of blacks in Mount Union and chronicles the efforts of the NAACP to bring blacks and whites together in that community despite many heated differences. Surveys townspeople about the issue of racism and the attempts to improve race relations. Produced by P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #153 /Americans, Too: 3 -- Roots: A Pennsylvania Story

Documents the fifty-first reunion of a black family in the mostly white town of Huntingdon. Interviews with family members provide a closer look into this African-American family's roots, back to their first ancestor in the United States, who was brought to Huntingdon as a slave. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #154/ Americans, Too: 4 -- Unwanted: Do Not Enter

Investigates the mounting racial tensions in Williamsport when citizens angrily express their concerns about how to handle an influx of recovering drug and alcohol addicts from urban areas. Interviews with long-time residents and newcomers add insights to a complex situation. Produced by P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #155/ Americans, Too: 5 -- Achievers

Presents success stories of rural blacks: a woman from Allenport who drove a fork lift at an Army depot during World War II, a Clearfield man who migrated to Chicago and became executive editor of a noted magazine for blacks, and a Williamsport police sergeant who came up "the hard way." Produced by P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #149: The Powers That Be #8 and 9: The Albatross

THE POWERS THAT BE is a series of ten half-hour documentaries which chronicles the daily work world of three commissioners of a rural Pennsylvania County (Clinton County.) The series illustrates the practical political problems that best elected officials of small-to-medium size local governments. SusqueView, the county nursing home, has been an emotional/political/financial problem...an albatross...to the county for years. There have been charges of political favoritism in hiring staff members and in granting admission to the home; there was a long, acrimonious legal battle to remove the home from the control of lay trustees and place control in the hands of the commissioners; there have been many squabbles over funding the home between the lay trustees and past commissioners, and -- later -- among the commissioners themselves; and there have been funding disputes with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade # 140 - The "Spirit" of Punxsutawney

The film follows The Spirit's reporters as they gather news in the Punxsutawney area. It examines the network of contacts used by them in keeping up with the news and explores the occasionally ambivalent attitude reporters and sources have toward one another. By documenting the relationship between staffers and townsfolk, the film elucidates values peculiar to rural communities. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1976 1

Pennsylvania Parade #145 - Documenting Rural America

Contains segments from RADOC programs including: Visiting with Darlene; Notes on a Community Hospital; Inside Huntingdon Prison; The Spirit of Punxsutawney; The Faces of A-Wing; The Final, Proud Days of Elsie Wurster; Notes on an American Business; A Tale of Reliance and Hope; R.D.#1 Box 99; Profiles of Rural Religion; Winning and Losing; The Powers That Be; Veterans Day (traditional); Teen Cancer; The Victim's World; Teachers, Gardeners, Paths and Shadows; It's Prom Time; Music Music Music; and Festival. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1992

Pennsylvania Parade #103 – Notes on an Appalachian County: Little Victories / Of Morals and Money

Included in the program are: the philosophy and efforts of the county's community-action program in counteracting poverty, examined from both the field-organizer and administrator's level. Two community efforts to alleviate the impact of poverty; a minister who was instrumental in organizing a non-profit housing development against considerable opposition, and a business leader who has tried to increase his colleagues' awareness of poverty as a bonafide local "problem." Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1971

Pennsylvania Parade #128 – Walls of Water / Whitewater PA

Nancy Jesuale, the producer, was living in Johnstown at the time of the third Johnstown Flood in less than a century. She lived within the flood area. One of her porta-pak cameras was washed away in the flood, but another camera had been loaned to a friend who lived on higher ground. When she was able to get her second camera, she began shooting 1/2" B&W videotape of the flood scenes around her. Beginning approx. 12 hours after the flood struck, she taped damage and interviews with residents throughout the flooded area for three weeks. This program is edited from those tapes. Whitewater PA - The program examines the various rivers and streams in Pennsylvania where whitewater boating is possible. The areas are rated for their degree of difficulty. Safety procedures are described for either canoeing or kayaking. Information is included with the names of many boating clubs in Pennsylvania where interested viewers may go for more information or boating lessons. The program also shows national championship caliber whitewater slalom racing held several years ago on the Youghiogheny River near Uniontown. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1977

Pennsylvania Parade #150 – The Powers that Be #7: Garbage! 100th Day

The Powers that Be is a series of ten half-hour documentaries which chronicles the daily work world of three commissioners of a rural Pennsylvania County (Clinton County.) The series illustrates the practical political problems that best elected officials of small-to-medium size local governments. Garbage - Pennsylvania state law requires local communities (municipalities, boroughs, townships) to devise solid waste disposal plans for the future. The commissioners attempt to persuade the local communities to create a unified plan for the county, but they face opposition from the communities and from local refuse haulers. The 100th Day - After more than three months in office, the commissioners have encountered a number of serious problems and have made initial efforts at solutions. All of them resurface in the commissioners' office, in one form or another, on the final day of shooting. The final program gives an update on the commissioners' efforts on solid waste planning, the disaster warning system, fiscal problems at the county nursing home, economic development -- and politics. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. © 1985

Amazing Grace

At 90, longtime State College resident Grace Holderman is still wowing audiences. An inspiration to young and old alike, she's still dancing because, as she tells her enthusiastic audiences, "I never stopped dancing." Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Brookville

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Brookville, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Philipsburg

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Philipsburg, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Coudersport

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Coudersport, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Bradford

Residents of Bradford, Pennsylvania film the town and are interviewed about why they choose certain locations and activities. Includes a wedding, early morning donut-making, a 50th wedding anniversary and others. See also http://wpsx.psu.edu/ourtown/default.html

Our Town DuBois

Volunteers go out and about in their town of DuBois, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Featuring favorite haunts within and around DuBois, PA. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Olean

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Olean, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Punxsutawney

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Punxsutawney, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Clarion

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Clarion, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town-- Cresson

Volunteers go out and about in the Cresson area of PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town Kane--The Kid's Cut

Kids from the Kane , PA area go out and about with camcorders and "shoot" their town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town Lewistown-Kids Cut

Kids from the Lewistown, PA area go out and about with their camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Our Town Ridgway -- Kid's Cut

Kids from the Ridgway, PA area go out and about with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Hometown Stories: Williamsport

Fascinating people, grand pursuits, and defining moments that helped to create the fabric of this central Pennsylvania town.

Our Town Wellsville, NY

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Wellsville, NY with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Left Bank, Right Bank - River Raft Re-enactment

©1976

Pennsylvania Parade #111 - Our People #1: The Faces of "A" Wing

An observational documentary, using minimal narration, designed to allow the viewer to experience life in one nursing home through a series of vignettes that focus on staff, residents, and relatives -- how they relate on a personal and on an institutional level. Individuals ranging in age from eighteen to ninety-seven display their own perspectives on life in a nursing home. From the To Age Is Human series. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #113: The Final, Proud Days of Elsie Wurster

A documentary about the final thirty days of Elsie Wurster before her death on Christmas Day in a Pennsylvania nursing home. Observes her with visitors and friends, taking therapy and treatment, and talking about her feelings, fears, and memories. Fromthe To Age Is Human series. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Forgotten Coal Mining Fatalities in Indiana County, PA (1900-1930)

Depicts the life of coal miners and accidents related to coal mining from the period of 1900-1930.

Penn's Dream

Relates the story of Pennsylvania's struggle to preserve the basic liberties and human rights engendered by William Penn for the land he received by charter from King Charles II of England in 1681. Features a re-enactment of the famous Penn-Mead (Hat) Trial, uses period graphics and dramatizations, and draws examples from the Walking Purchase, the burning of Pennsylvania Hall, and the Kensington Riots. Produced by Penn State Television / WPSX-TV.

Pennsylvania Parade #141: Success Stories: The Winner is...

Features three Pennsylvania companies that have formed partnerships with education providers to teach basic-skills classes in the workplace. Designed as in-service training for teachers and administrators in the areas of adult basic education (ABE), general equivalency diploma (GED), and literacy. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Success Stories: Winners

Profiles three adult "winners" who overcame obstacles to earn their general equivalency diplomas (GEDs). The three, whose schooling in their earlier years was halted for a variety of reasons -- pregnancy, drug abuse, racial discrimination, illiteracy -- were honored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for their outstanding achievements. Produced by Penn State Television / WPSX-TV.

The Winter Harvest

Documents the activities of the Bear Creek Ice Company in northeastern Pennsylvania through interviews with former employees, who describe working conditions and the process of "harvesting" the ice from a string of five lakes. Uses archival footage todemonstrate cutting and transporting the ice. Although the company was defunct by the 1950s, reminders of its operation still exist in the area. Directed by Stuart MacLelland and produced by Gregory Hansen.

Pennsylvania Parade #102:Visiting with Darlene

Darlene, her husband, and four children (at the time of filming) live in a run-down, three-room house on an uphill gravel road in south-central Pennsylvania. She carries water from a spring, "fires" her stove with wood and coal, "baths" her children in a basin, uses an unpainted outhouse across her heavily sloping yard. She is 28 and, in her term, "flat-assed poor." She is also verbal, high-strung, superactive, nondirected, and bored. The film is selected from numerous "visits" by the producers to Darlene's home. It is a talky, subtle, observational film about a way of living--living poor, day by day, in Appalachia in the last third of the 20th century. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project. restricted use in some PA counties. C1971

Pennsylvania Parade #106: Notes on a Community Hospital, Part 2

People are the indispensable factor in hospital operation--doctors, nurses, administrators, patients. This film illustrates the human factor by concentrating on five individuals and their personal roles in how the hospital functions. It does not instruct viewers about how a mid-sized rural hospital operates; rather, it conveys visually and aurally the nature of a typical hospital, its staff, and the people it serves. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Tornado

Tornadoes in Pennsylvania are shown as local weathermen dicuss highlights.

Pennsylvania Parade #133 - Notes on an American Business: Keep the Wheels Rolling

An overview of Sitkin Smelting and Refining, Inc., a family-controlled public corporation employing over 300 people in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Bill, Leon, Jack, Lew, The Preacher--the heart and substance of an American business. From the company Christmas party to reflections by the board chairman, a personal look at a small business located in rural Pennsylvania. Most American businesses are small and most are family-owned. This one is typical in those regards. It is also typical in that the business--a scrap metal recycling firm--is truly the people who work there, from foundry to front office. Their personalities, their methods, their capacities make this the unique workplace it is. The film surveys the business, featuring Lew Sitkin, chairman of the board, and Clayt "The Preacher" Rheam, who began working with Lew's father. Their ages are similar, their viewpoints are not. From the "Notes on an American Business" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1977

Pennsylvania Parade#139: RD #1Box 99

Jerry and Shirley Brown work Christmas day. And Easter. And Memorial Day, and Labor Day, and Groundhog Day, and National Peanut Butter Day. Their 62 milk cows don't understand what weekends, holidays, and vacations are all about. Jerry and Shirley farm for a living; 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. and later, 365 days a year. Their investment in land, equipment, and livestock is close to a quarter million dollars; their debts are frequently close to that. Twenty-six dairy farms have gone out of business in "the home valley" in the last 20 years, but the Browns hang on. It is what they know, what they are content with; and they will continue, as long as they can. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #125: A Matter of Principle

Program offers a look at the inner workings of public school administration, from policing noisy cafeterias to deciding on the character of a teacher. Depicts co-principals dealing with children who want to drop out of school, parent-child disputes alcohol and drug abuse among students and kids thrown out of class for laughing.

Pennsylvania Parade #108: Kids with Problems

Provides an illustration of the Youth Service Bureau's philosophy and programs in actual situations. It deals effectively with some of their problems as well as their successes. Produced by P.J. O'Connell for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Pennsylvania Parade #135: Notes on an American Business - Strike up the Band

Jack Sitkin is the third-generation male in a small, family-owned, rural business, waiting his turn to take command. Meanwhile, he is Vice President for Operations, covering everything but sales and finance. But Jack is also a person: an exuberant, profane, canny, highly motivated, chatty person in charge of a 300-plus work force and a $30 million annual production budget. It is the intersection of personality and business operations that is the focus of this film. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #126: Music Music Music

Denny leads the band, Robert rocks the boat, and Jake makes things sing. (Instrumental director, music theorist, and vocal director, respectively.) From the sometimes careless exuberance of the football peep band to the terrors and rewards of starring in the spring musical, students of Altoona (Pa.) Area High School sing and play for businessmen's clubs and local TV specials; march through sun, rain and snow; and compete in endless music festivals. Band, concert chorus, electronic music studio, orchestra, vocal ensemble: the performances reflect years of training and hours of practice. Ask why they do it: love of music, competitive spirit, making friends, something to do. But perhaps the best--and oldest--reason: "There is nothing like applause!" Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #144: Its Prom Time/Teen Cancer

Its Prom Time - In springtime, comes The Prom. Dates are made (and broken(and remade)), dresses are designed and sized, tuxedos are rented. Beauty shops are booked solid, large automobiles are borrowed, dinner reservations are in place. All is readiness. On Prom night, with dresses arranged just so and tuxes worn awkwardly, the sons and daughters of Huntingdon, Pa., arrive--as their parents look on, waving, taking pictures and making tapes, reminiscing about proms past. Music. Preening. Watching. Dancing. Goodnights. It is an historic event; it happens only once. The Seniors mark the end of the formative period of their lives; it is unlikely that most will ever again have such close ties to such a cohesive group. The Prom will continue--it is, after all, the major community social event--but for the Class of '89, this is finis. Teen Cancer - A mother finds a lump on her daughter's back. One week later the child undergoes exploratory surgery, and cancer is confirmed. After 150 days of hospital therapy, hospital bills, the family waits for word on their daughter's condition. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #114 - Our People #2: Just an Average Good Businessman

From its founding in 1907 by Jacob Sitkin, Sitkin Smelting and Refining, Inc. was a small, family owned business. It's a junk business, grown up into a "secondary metals recycling" enterprise. Jack Sitkin is the third generation of the Sitkin family to have made his living in junk. The program introduces the business briefly, details Jack's activities and persoanlity and how the two elements interact in the day-to-day operation of a small business, and shows Jack's reactions to the completed program.Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade #109: Hard Cases

McKean County, 11th largest in Pennsylvania, contains 1/2 of1% of the state's population. It ranks 1st in crude oil production, 5th in white-tail deer, and 2nd per capita for child abuse. Hard Cases is about the county and the Youth Services agency whose job it is to protect these children. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural America Documentary series.

Ghosts of the Mountains

Join archeologists as they discover information and artifacts about the people that lived thousands of years ago in villages near what is now Meyersdale, PA. 27 minutes. c 1997 The Pennsylvania State University, WPSX TV.

Pennsylvania Parade #156/ Americans, Too: 6 -- Reconsiderations

Individuals who appeared in earlier programs in the series join producers P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich to discuss their portrayals. "Although reporters are always outsiders," O'Connell says, "we've been friends with all these people." A team of experts also voice their "reconsiderations." Produced by P.J. O'Connell and Kimberly Kranich for Penn State Television / WPSX-TV. Rural America Documentary project.

Our Town Warren

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Warren, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Pennsylvania Parade #105: Notes on a Community Hospital, the Patient the Doctor

People are the indispensable factor in hospital operation--doctors, nurses, administrators, patients. This film illustrates the human factor by concentrating on five individuals and their personal roles in how the hospital functions. It does not instruct viewers about how a mid-sized rural hospital operates; rather, it conveys visually and aurally the nature of a typical hospital, its staff, and the people it serves. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Our Town Bedford

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Bedford, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Indiana

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Indiana, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Lock Haven

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Lock Haven, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Johnstown

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Johnstown, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Clearfield (2000)

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Clearfield, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Somerset

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Somerset, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Pennsylvania Parade #132 - U. S. Chronicle: Country Radio/ Coa l Operator's Turn

Country Radio - "If it ain't country, it ain't music." That's Dean Sharpless, station manager, chief engineer, and mid-day disk jockey at WPHB, a 5000-watt daytime-only radio station in Philipsburg, PA. Brother Sheldon is sales manager and early-morning DJ; he takes requests, makes dedications, tells corny jokes, and tries to keep local residents smiling their way to work. In a world of slick-rock formats and motor-mouthed DJs, WPHB is a time-warp, an out-of-the-mainstream mixture of local store owners doing their own commercials, syndicated religious programs with faithful local followings, "Keeping it country!" music, and promotions for the latest station-sponsored vacation tour. Good natured, somewhat daffy, locally successful: that's WPHB, and it is country. Coal Operator's Turn - "You can't separate business and politics." Alan Walker believes and practices that maxim. Walker has both business and political problems, and he is sometimes angry about them. His coal company has been pressed hard by state and local strip mine regulations---"You're gonna lose your business, one way or another"--- conservation groups---"Maybe we can't afford to do everything now."---and critics of the coal industry ---"It's very naive of people to think that businesses can run without making money. It just doesn't work out that way!" But Alan Walker is not a capitalist dinosaur; he's a young, hard-working, articulate businessman with plausible explanations for his actions and reasoned answers for his critics. Coal is a major Pennsylvania industry, and Walker is a rational spokesman, taking his turn in the public forum. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

PA Parade # 116 She's the Chief

Documentary portrait of Ms. Linda Weaver and the Johnstown police. Weaver's political and personal challenges, her relationship with her force (more than 50% of them rookies) and her commitment to the town in which she was born and raised are all elements explored in She's the Chief. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting. Rural lAmerica Documentary series.

Pennsylvania Parade # 129 - Veteran's Day (Traditional) / Zion is Closed

c1986. From a pre-dawn flag raising in Clearfield, Pa., the county seat, to the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner"--after dark and in the rain--in the village of Frenchville, Veteran's Day, 1985, was a day of some celebration, some anger, and many memories for the veterans, families, and bystanders at memorial ceremonies that took place across the county. November 11 was a day of traditional observance in a society increasingly inclined toward three-day holiday weekends, while only the "(traditional)" designation on our calendars reminds us of the diminished importance such holidays have come to have in our lives. ZION IS CLOSED. c1988, color, 28-minutes. The cornerstone says "1896." But Zion Lutheran Church, Sebring, Pa., will not be having a centennial celebration. Its too-small congregation is "taking leave" after 91 years as the community's most enduring social institution. Zion Lutheran is a statistic, but not an uncommon one. Like many rural churches, it was unable, even with the help of three sister churches, to attract a full-time minister; the church building needed extensive repairs; and the membership had dropped to only 15. Zion Lutheran was too old, too small, under-financed, and in trouble. Leave-taking was bitter-sweet: the church crowded, the singing forceful, the prayers and remembrances heartfelt. Then, with a final moment of silent reflection, and not a few quiet tears, Zion was closed.

Pennsylvania Parade #130 – It Takes All Kinds

Dean Forshey takes a walking tour of Huntington Prison; Jack Sitkin hosts the Spaghetti Bowl in Lewistown; Santa Stone vies for a crown in Renovo; Our viewers give opinions on prison reform; Andy Pappas runs for mayor in Altoona; some faces from the Presbyterian Home in Philipsburg; and some opinions about "dirty movies". Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. © 1972

Pennsylvania Parade #134 – Notes on an American Business: The Hot World

The most important division of Sitkin Smelting and Refining, Inc., is the brass foundry. The Hot World looks at two men who work in this noisy and hazardous area. Bill Stimely is a furnace foreman in the brass foundry of Sitkin Smelting and Refining, Inc. Leon Grassmeyer is foundry manager. Their workplaces are the same; their working worlds are not. Bill is an 8th-grade drop-out, a "hard hat," an hourly worker, proud of what he does. Leon is a former army officer, former high school teacher, a member of the "management team," proud of what he does. Bill "takes life as it comes," hoping to become a stock-car racer. Leon manages, motivates, measures himself by the foundry's production levels, and assumes steady promotions. The comparisons are clear and direct; this is the world of work at its most familiar. From the "Notes on an American Business" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1977

Pennsylvania Parade #136 – Notes on an American Business: The Alabama Connection

Environmental regulations and business factors force the officers of Sitkin Smelting and Refining to consider moving part of their operation to another location. The film follows corporation vice-president Jack Sitkin as he explores business attitudes and plant sites in Mississippi and Alabama. The Alabama Connection is an account of the economic factors involved in this critical decision making process, but it is also a chronicle of human considerations. Through interviews with Sitkin and through coverage of his dealings with others, the film reveals that business is not all computers and cash flow. That it is people, and that its complexities and uncertainties are functions of its humanness. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1977

Pennsylvania Parade #137 – Notes on an American Business: Cultures Clashing

Using scenes from the four preceding documentaries, three specialists in speech communication analyze communication within Sitkin Smelting and Refining. The subjects of the documentaries also respond to what the films say about them and the company. The filmmakers briefly describe the limitations they experienced in documenting a business. And finally, the consultants and the subjects engage in a "dialogue", a broad analysis of the films and the business from their different vantagepoints. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1977

Pennsylvania Parade #101 – Welfare: Who Needs It?

Public assistance in Pennsylvania, as in most states, is a highly complicated system for taxpayer and recipient alike. This program unravels some bureaucratic tangles to give the viewer a better understanding of the problems of administering the welfare budget and examines the attitudes of both urban and rural citizens toward the problems of the poor. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1969

Pennsylvania Parade #110 – Tough Choices

[Executive director] "It was a terrible year. It was awful." (Home health care is in trouble in McKean County, Pennsylvania.) [E.D.] "We want to stay in business. I know that I'm pleading." (For the Visiting Nurse Association, "trouble" means bankruptcy.) [E.D.] "I'm being sincere when I say I can't pay $35,000 by March 31st." (Nationwide, home health agencies are going out of business.) [State regulator] "It's regulations, and we must follow them." (Medicare programs have tighter reviews of reimbursement claims.) [E.D.] "Well, (regulator), you've got me backed into a corner." (Nurses spend more time on paperwork than on patient-care.) [Narrator] "The financial walls of Francie Ambuskie's administrative world are relentlessly pressing in." McKean County (Pa.) VNA is rescued from bankruptcy at almost the last moment, through merger with a larger, stronger agency; Francie Ambuskie's struggle to balance her agency's budget and continue care to her patients "succeeds" by failing. But the fundamental problem continues; other social service agencies face similar or worse problems. Tough Choices shows that hard work and good intentions are not always enough to sustain a helping agency in an increasingly harsh regulatory and economic climate. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1988

Pennsylvania Parade #112 – To Age is Human: More than a Place to Die

Dave Reed's problems are money, staff, regulations and the needs of the 300-plus residents of the nursing home/retirement complex he administers for the United Methodist Church in rural north central Pennsylvania. Reed is cheerful, matter-of-fact, resourceful, and inevitably one step behind something. Nursing home administration is not without its hazards--and its rewards. From the "To Age Is Human" series. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1975

Pennsylvania Parade #124 – Our People #1: Winning and Losing

The 1981 football season at DuBois Area High School began, as all seasons much with abundant optimism...and some reservations. The school had suffered two straight losing seasons, the team lacked the "big linemen" of former winning years, and Coach Bob Buriak clearly had some doubts, although he kept them to himself in public. The team lost three in a row, then bouned back with two big wins. The program follows the team through the season, through the wins and losses, to the "big game" with archrival Punxsutawney. The program focuses on the coach and several key players. All reflect openly on the strategies, thrills and tears that go to make up high school football. Produced by P J O'Connell for Penn State Public Broadcasting and The Rural America Documentary Project. ©1982

Herstories Not Just A Nobody

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #2 of six programs

Our Town Williamsport

Our Town: Williamsport in a nutshell….. Nestled geographically between two ranges of the Bald Eagle Mountains along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, outdoor recreation activities abound in Williamsport, including hunting, fishing, boating and camping. It is also the Capitol City of Lycoming County, and is the birthplace of Little League baseball. The original Little League field and complex, named after Carl Stotz, the founder, has been restored and is a popular tourist attraction. Williamsport is also home to Lycoming College, a private Liberal Arts college and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Penn State University. The city of Williamsport is a wonderful mixture of town culture and country peacefulness.

Issues PA Gubernatorial Debate

Gubernatorial Debate with Post-Debate Analysis Held at Eisenhower Auditorium September 19, 2002

Our Town Ebensburg

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Ebensburg, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfasts: The Human Connection

Our Town Bradford - The Kids Cut

Kids from the Bradford, PA area go out and about with their camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Confronting AIDS in Rural America

Produced by WPSX-TV In cinema verite style, this documentary examines attitudes about AIDS, homosexuality, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as found in the small rural university community of State College, Pennsylvania. 1994 / / ©1994 The Pennsylvania State University

The "Spirit" of Punxsutawney

An observational documentary depicting the day-to-day routine of the staff of a small-town Pennsylvania newspaper. The daily morning newspaper, the Spirit, is viewed as a human institution that reacts to the needs of its readers in the rural community of Punxsutawney. The program illustrates the interaction between the editorial staff and the town's residents. Produced by Penn State Television / WPSX-TV

Our Town Windber

Volunteers go out and about in their town of Windber, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSX-TV

Our Town Bellefonte--Kid's Cut

During the 2005/2006 school year, middle school students from Bellefonte, PA worked in teams to write, videotape, and edit their own stories about their part of Pennsylvania. Their travels and stories include churches, Talleyrand Park, some famous sports celebrities, and much more. It's a unique look at a unique town from the perspective of those growing up in the town.

Pennsylvania Inside Out

Pennsylvania Inside Out, Penn State Public Broadcasting's exciting public affairs program, provides in-depth information Monday through Friday with hosts Patty Satalia and David Price. The half-hour program focuses on the issues, events and people affecting the communities served by WPSU-TV and Penn State. Pennsylvania Inside Out offers a variety of public affairs, news and informational content during the week including topical interviews as well as magazine segments and round-table format discussions.

Our Town: Punxsutawney--The Kid's Cut

Kids go out and about in their town of Punxsutawney, PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Produced by WPSU-TV

Pennsylvania Inside Out Live Call-In

Pennsylvania Inside Out Live Call-In, Penn State Public Broadcasting's exciting public affairs program, provides in-depth information focusing on the issues, events and people affecting the communities served by WPSU-TV and Penn State.

Our Town Everet

Volunteers go out and about in the Everet area of PA with camcorders and "shoot" the town and what is interesting to them. Our Town Everet Produced by WPSU-TV

Africa

Explore the history and traditions of Africa. We'll look at the agricultural practices and we'll consider the possible results of the current move towards urbanization. Both of these factors will determine the continent's fate. ©1992 3 VHS video tapes

Alhambra: Legacy of Moorish Spain

The Alhambra was the stronghold of the last Moorish rulers in Spain, and the sumptuous legacy of Granada still delights visitors 500 years later. Explore the grounds and the palaces. ©1992

Africa: Continent of Contrasts

Take a trip through the continent of Africa and sample the diversity of its cultures, histories, and landscapes. Herds and their predators are also documented. ©1993

Indochina: The Heart of Southeast Asia

From the street markets of Myanmar and the traffic jams of Bangkok, to the ancient temples of Cambodia and Vietnam, Indochina is one of the world's most diverse and fascinating regions. Journey into the heart of Southeast Asia in this video. ©1999

Door in Turner Alley: Grant Wood, American Gothic and Midwestern Regionalism

"The aim of art is to teach people to live happier, fuller lives", said Grant Wood. Door in Turner Alley, a 30 min. video, provides a complete survey of Grant Wood's work, life and philosophy. * Events of his early life * Influence of his family and friends * Results of his study in Europe * His philosophy of life * Significance of his work today * Paradoxical nature of some of his paintings * His part in the Public Works Art Project during the Depression * Impact of notoriety on Grant Wood Over 40 of his paintings and sketches help illustrate the progressive development of his art and its significance. This insightful program explores the importance of Grant Wood's work today as well as the reaction to his work by people of his day. Door in Turner Alley presents the life and history behind Wood's works and the artist's perceptions and philosophies of his world. Sponsored in part by the Iowa Humanities Board and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hometown Stories Williamsport

History of Williamsport. Beautiful cinematography of the past and present Williamsport

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