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Official University Of Minnesota Press Release:

What:  ‘Minnesota: A History of the Land’    
When:  Premiering 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, and Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005
Where:  Twin Cities Public Television—tpt2
 Prairie Public Broadcasting–KFME Channel 13, Fargo/Moorhead
 WDSE Channel 8, Duluth/Superior  
Contact: Nina Shepherd, Bell Museum of Natural History, (612) 624-7389

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL— Journey through time across Minnesota’s changing landscapes in the new, groundbreaking four-part documentary series produced by the University of Minnesota’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) and Twin Cities Public Television scheduled to premier on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations in Minnesota in February and March, 2005.Viewers should check with their local PBS affiliates for airing dates and time.
"Minnesota: A History of the Land" is an epic story that brings to life the landscapes of Minnesota’s past and the people who changed them. The series features nature videography from across the state, never-before-seen historical images, dramatic re-enactments and state-of-the-art animation. Award-winning local composer Peter Ostroushko, known for his work on the PBS documentaries "Lewis and Clark" and "Mark Twain," scored and performed the original soundtrack.

Six years in the making, the series chronicles more than 16,000 years of Minnesota history, from the retreat of the last glaciers to the growth of today’s suburbs. Working with historians, scientists, tribal leaders, farmers, politicians and others, the production team combed hundreds of thousands of historical records and rare photos and spent weeks interviewing and filming on location.

"This series is a must-see for every Minnesotan," said Scott Lanyon, director of the university’s Bell Museum of Natural History and one of the program’s featured experts. "If we are to make wise decisions for the future, it’s critical that we truly understand our past. The story these programs tell is not only illuminating, it’s emotional. You can’t come away from this series without being moved, without having a much deeper appreciation of our relationship to the land."  

"This program reminds us, in powerful ways, of our complex relationship with the beautiful land we call home, said James R. Pagliarini, tpt president and CEO. "We are honored to partner with the University of Minnesota to stimulate awareness and discussion of this relationship among all Minnesotans."

"We think there are many lessons to be learned from the stories of our past. Viewers will see that the best hope for the health of Minnesota landscapes rests with the people who benefit from them, live in them and care for them," said Barbara Coffin, coordinator of continuing education for CNR and the series’ executive producer.

The project was made possible by private support and funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. For a schedule of show times and more information about the series, visit www.historyoftheland.org.


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