New WPT Documentary Featuring Jerry Apps Portrays Farm Life in the 1930s and '40s

November 11, 2012

For More Information:
Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364 or lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Mik Derks, WPT producer, 608-265-6376 or mik.derks@wpt.org

 
The farm life memories of historian and noted Wisconsin author Jerry Apps is the subject of a new documentary by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story premieres 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 on WPT.

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story is a portrait of Wisconsin farm life seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in Waushara County. Acclaimed Wisconsin historian and author Apps evokes memories of a time when almost as many Americans lived on farms as in cities, and examines day-to-day rural life. Fieldwork was done with horses, cows were milked by hand, lanterns were the source of light, and community was essential for survival.

Apps explores topics such as acceptance of ethnic and religious diversity, dependence on neighbors, changing seasons, simple pleasures, one-room schools and the forces that shaped the Midwestern values of hard work and personal responsibility.

To create the documentary, WPT Producer Mik Derks and his crew spent countless hours in the Wild Rose community filming and capturing the story of life in a bygone era. Interspersed throughout Apps’ story are vintage family photos contributed by the Wild Rose community that enrich the program with images of Wild Rose, Silver Lake and Waushara County farm life in the 1930s and ’40s.  

Funding for Jerry Apps: A Farm Story is provided by Ron and Colleen Weyers, the Edward J. Okray Foundation, the Wisconsin History Fund with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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