Pioneer Public Television Legacy Productions seek to explore and preserve the arts, history and cultural heritage of western Minnesota We intend to enhance existing programs, acquire new content, develop new productions and ascertain community needs and interests regarding these programs.
Pioneer Public Television is excited to be able to provide you with quality legacy programming through local series and documentaries, while also featuring this legacy content online.
Postcards travels through western Minnesota to explore its rich and diverse arts, history and cultural heritage. Postcards premiered in 2010 and captures the lives of many local artists and relives the cultural history of our viewing area. This program not only educates and informs viewers about our region and the gifted individuals who call this region home, but it also gives these individuals the opportunity to increase their exposure. Postcards has given Pioneer the unique opportunity to tell the stories of many historical and cultural aspects of Minnesota and beyond, archiving stories that may one day be lost if they're left untold.
Prairie Yard and Garden
A portion of the funds allocated to Pioneer Public TV as a result of the Legacy Amendment of 2008 will be used to enhance Prairie Yard & Garden with new content focusing on the arts, history or cultural heritage associated with outdoor historic sites, hobbies, food production, horticulture and gardening in Minnesota. Each season Prairie Yard & Garden travels the state to meet with researchers, gardening and nursery professionals, educators and ordinary backyard gardeners to discuss specific issues in horticulture, landscaping and a host of topics in gardening. Prairie Yard & Garden is a production of the University of Minnesota, Morris and has grown into one of Minnesota's top resources for gardening information.
Featuring a wide variety of talent and presentations, “On Stage” offers an opportunity for local musicians, singers and performers to present their talents. Recorded in the historic Opera House in Appleton, Minnesota along with a variety of venues and locations in the Pioneer Public Television broadcast area.
My Way Back Home (2013)
My Way Back Home explores the relationship between a musician and their hometown. In each episode you will see lively performance, behind the scenes footage, personal stories and a glimpse of family life.
Great Minnesota Parks: Southwest (2013)
Travel to southwestern Minnesota to see the year-round beauty of Lake Shetek State Park in Murray County. Then watch a special 75th Anniversary celebration at Pipestone National Monument and learn about the tradition of quarrying. Discover ancient stories with stone carvings at Jeffers Petroglyphs in Cottonwood County.
Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations (2011)
The second installment in Great Minn. Parks, Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations explores parks of the Upper Minnesota River Valley including Big Stone, Upper Sioux Agency, Lac Qui Parle and Fort Ridgley.
Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota (2010)
Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota tells the story of more than 100 World War II Minnesota veterans who were invited to make the journey to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. As honored guests on this April 2010 trip, they encountered many special people—including hundreds of active duty service personnel, younger veterans and school children—who despite the passing of many years want simply to say "thank you" to the veterans for their military service. Honor Flight documents this once-in-a-lifetime trip of these veterans, telling many of their stories along the way.
Great Minnesota Parks (2009)
Great Minnesota Parks takes you on a journey through some of the finest parks in western Minnesota, from Sibley State Park to Blue Mounds State Park and many in between. This tour of western Minnesota's finest parks begins with our first installment as Great Minnesota Parks explores the history of Sibley State Park near New London, the unique sites of Blue Mounds Sate Park of Luverne, the ecosystems of Lake Carlos State Parks and the Minn. River Parks of Renville County near Alexandria as well as the preservation of Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls, the largest city park in Minnesota
Volstead Fever: Prohibition in Minnesota (2011)
Volstead Fever: Prohibition in Minnesota adds local flavor as a complement to the Ken Burns PBS production Prohibition. Prohibition, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920-1933), prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import or export of alcoholic beverages. Upon ratification of the amendment by the states, Congress voted its approval in October 1919 and enacted it into law as the National Prohibition Act of 1920. Andrew Volstead represented western Minnesota in Congress and played a significant role in the war on alcohol in the 1920s as author of the federal prohibition law commonly known as "The Volstead Act." This production features Volstead, Schell's Brewery of New Ulm and the Silver Dollar Bar in Ghent, Minnesota
Pioneer Presents (2011)
Pioneer Public Television featured local and regional musicians in concert on Pioneer Presents, a locally-produced music series on Saturday evenings throughout the summer of 2011. Minnesota is home to a vast range of musical talent. Pioneer Presents featured a wide variety of music styles. Indeed, variety is the word that best describes this concert series, with 30-minute performances ranging from a full concert band (Minnesota Army National Guard Band) to 17-year old singer/songwriter Carrie Sorensen from Detroit Lakes.
Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts (2010)
Legacy funds were used for production support and acquisition of this documentary by Pioneer's long-standing production partner, the University of Minnesota, Morris. Promise of the Prairie explores three very different educational institutions that have all made their home on the same plot of land. Mother Mary Joseph of the Sisters of Mercy first broke the prairie ground, establishing an American Indian boarding school in 1887. The University of Minnesota opened an agriculture high school in 1910, erecting simple, sturdy prairie school buildings for teenagers learning modern farming practices. Fifty years later, in 1960, the University's unique, new public liberal arts college brought young adults to the rural campus, eager to question and create, to analyze and investigate. Responding to national policies, societal ideals and contemporary movements and needs, each individual institution reflects its time. Collectively, they form a microcosm of America, informing an understanding of the past, an appreciation for the present and an expectation for the future.
Scandinavian Christmas Traditions (2011)
A 60-minute dining and musical adventure into the culture of Minnesotans who have their ancestral roots in Norway. For decades, Dennis and Carole Johnson of Morris have been hosting Norwegian dinner parties for their friends. Now Pioneer Public Television is invited into the Johnson home for a Norwegian feast complete with music and dancing around the holiday tree!
Pioneer Public Television provides value-added content to our existing website and its webpages. Information on the arts, history and cultural heritage of Minnesota can be found through the website, particularly on webpages relating to legacy productions from website links to featured artists, historians and cultural heritage information to local productions streamed online through Pioneer OnDemand and more.
UPDATE FOR 2013-14 PRODUCTIONS
In addition to Postcards, special content within Prairie Yard and Garden, and On Stage music specials, Pioneer is also working on these specials for 2014.
Sherwin Linton: Forever on the Stage will focus on the music and history of this country music performer as he approaches his 75th birthday. This project will build on the popularity of a short segment about Mr. Linton which Pioneer aired in the past year.
Great Minnesota Parks: West will describe the history and natural beauty of three parks or trail facilities in western Minnesota. Segments are being planned featuring Split Rock Creek State Park, Glacial Lakes State Park, and the Central Lakes Trail. This half-hour program will be the fourth program about area parks that Pioneer has produced since legacy funding began in 2009.
FUTURE LEGACY INITIATIVES
Future legacy productions will continually evolve based on community input and production planning. Many legacy initiatives are in production phases or, like fiscal year 2015 initiatives, are in planning stages.
We are looking for story ideas or suggestions. Do you know an artist, musician or history buff who would like to showcase their talents on Pioneer? Maybe you have a friend or family member who likes to document family history. Perhaps this would be of interest to others here in western Minn.
You can contact Les Heen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-726-3178. You can also send inquiries by U.S. Mail: Pioneer Public Television, 120 W. Schlieman Ave., Appleton, Minn. 56208.
Legislative Coordinating Commission: http://www.legacy.leg.mn/about-funds/administering-agencies/legislative-coordinating-commission