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DVD of PBS Kankakee Marsh documentary available free to teachers and libraries

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The producers and sponsors of the nationally broadcast “Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh,” are offering a free DVD and compendium educational guide for local teachers and libraries.

The DVD and guide are available to educators and librarians with proof of position at WYIN, Lakeshore Public Media, located at 8625 Indiana Place, Merrillville, IN 46410.

The educational guide may also be downloaded from the website at:

This award-winning documentary illustrates the rich history and explores the controversy of the draining of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, a nearly one million-acre wetland. Less than 5 percent of the Grand Kankakee Marsh has survived modern development.

“Everglades of the North” is scheduled for re-broadcast on Sept. at 11 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on WYIN Š 56 Lakeshore Public Television. In addition, WTIU Š Bloomington, IN Public Television will pledge the program from Aug. 24 to Aug. 29. Check local listings for times and subsequent air dates.

“This has been an incredible experience,” said producer Pat Wisniewski, founder of For Goodness Sakes Productions in Valparaiso. “Everyone we met on this journey had so much passion for the Grand Marsh, and were eager to share their stories with us.”

“It has always been my dream to bring the stories of the Grand Marsh together in one place,” said writer producer Jeff Manes of Lowell, who grew up on the Kankakee River. “We had to bring this great American story to life on screen.”

“It’s a cautionary, yet hopeful tale of our natural resources,” said Cedar Lake native and producer Brian Kallies. “The story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh is really the story of America’s transformation into the industrialized society we are today.”

“The Grand Kankakee Marsh is something that man had destroyed before he realized its value,” said Guy Carlson, of the Izaak Walton League Š Diana Chapter. “Now we need to give something back to nature.”

The IWLA Diana has helped to raise funds for the production.



Posted 8/29/2013





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