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
“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.