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Enthusiasm for Prairie Public production continues
Waves: A magazine for members of Prairie Public Television & North Dakota Public Radio, February, 2001, page 5:
Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie, continues to garner interest both nationally and internationally.
Critic Barbara A Springer favorably reviewed Germans from Russia in the December/January, 2000 issue of German Life - a magazine devoted to the culture and history of Germany. Springer calls it "visually a beautiful work," and recormmends the film to not only the descendents of these early pioneers, but also students of history, language and ethnic studies.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, recently
installed a copy of Germans from Russia in their archives.
The museum annually screens noted television documentaries throught
a DocuFest public program series, which features the work of Television's
finest documentaries. Archives director Stephanie Orphan, in her
with Germans from Russia producer, Bob Dambach, said the museum is "honored to include your work in this distinguished collection." The film, a Prairie Public Broadcasting Heritage Collection production, premiered in February of 1999. It was followed with Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia,which premiered in March, 2000. Dambach's production staff is currently working on projects that include a study of German-Russian iron crosses, an enduring old-world art tradition.
[Prairie Public Television and the North Dakota State University Libraries are cooperating in the third major videotape documentary of the Germans from Russia wrought-iron crosses. Prairie Public videographers film sites and interviews in North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Saskatchewan in 2000 and 2001. Plans are for the program to premiere on Prairie Public Television in March, 2002, and then to be available later for PBS stations as well as to purchase.]
[For more information about the documentaries: "Germans from Russia" and "Schmeckfest," go to the website of Prairie Public at: http://www.prairiepublic.org - The videotapes can be ordered online at Prairie Public's website or by calling 1-800-359-6900.]