Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County Premieres June 27

June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016

For More Information:

Erik Ernst, publicist, erik.ernst@wpt.org

David Hestad, producer, david.hestad@wpt.org 

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County Premieres June 27 

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) presents the premiere broadcast of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County at 8 p.m. Monday, June 27.  

The eighth installment in WPT’s ongoing local history project, Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County shares stories of tourism, cherries, art, and land preservation that capture the history of the region.

Formed on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, Door County’s history has been guided both by its glacial geography and by its earliest native inhabitants and European settlers who were drawn by rich hunting and fishing resources.

Film, archival images, aerial footage and interviews with historians, local citizens and experts tell the unique stories of Door County and the role its history played in shaping a county that is still a manufacturing and agricultural hub, as well as a vacation haven. 

Viewers will explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, the roots of Door County’s growth as a center for the arts, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.

Full video of the documentary will be available for free at broadcast for on-demand viewing at wisconsinhometownstories.org. Also, coming in autumn 2016, teachers will be able to select from an array of cost-free online curriculum materials related to Door County’s stories created by a local educator committee in cooperation with WPT.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County is produced under a partnership between the Wisconsin Historical Society and WPT.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County is funded in part by leadership support from Phillip J. Hendrickson in memory of Elizabeth B. Hendrickson. Additional support provided by Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation, Bruce and Grace Frudden, John and Gisela Brogan, O.C. and Pat Boldt, John & Nell Herlache Community Impact Fund and the Education Fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., Annie and Dick Egan, Barb and Mike Madden, CastlePierce, Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin History Fund, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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