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001 The Nebraska
National Forest -- The story of the creation of one of the worlds largest
man-made forests and the fire in the 1960's that nearly destroyed it.The forest is located in the middle of the
Sandhills by Halsey, NE.
002Mothers Day Stories -- Unique mothers
from the Midwest: Donna Reed, the all-American Mother; Arlette Schweitzer and
Christa Uchytyl, the mother who became the surrogate mother to her daughter and
became in the process a grandmother (Arlette carried Christa's Child.);Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native
American woman doctor in the US; Joan Burny, newspaper columnist and Nebraska
and US Mothers Association Mother of the Year.
003The National Music Museum -- The
creation of the most important museum of musical instruments in the world.It is located in Vermillion, SD.
004The Dutch of Northwest Iowa --Their ancestry in the Netherlands, their
first settlements in Pella, Iowa, their move to Northwest Iowa and a visit
there during the tulip festival.
005Memorial Day1-- A visit to five historic graves in the Heartland: Sergeant
Floyd of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; White Buffalo Girl of the Ponca Trail
of Tears; Ruth Dodge wife of General Dodge;Kate Shelly the young girl who saved a train load of passengers during a
rain storm; and Cleveland T. Hall the man who saved Washington, DC from the
006The Winnebago Indian Drug Dependency Unit
-- The creation of one of the nation’s most effective Drug Dependency Centers.
It was begun without the mandate of the government, and then was threatened
with closure because of the aging hospital in which it was housed.
007Boys Town -- The life of Father
Flanagan -- from Ireland to Omaha and his creation of Boys town.It was an innovation in the care of runaways
008The Mitchell Corn Palace -- From the
birth of the idea in Sioux City, Iowa to its eventual location in Mitchell,
South Dakota.Included is the story of
the famous fire caused by an arsonist.
009The Fourth of July -- The story of the
symbols that are part of an old time celebration of Independence Day:the Declaration of Independence, parades and
music, theLiberty Bell, the origin of fireworks.
010Laura Ingalls Wilder -- The life of the
Author of the Little House on the Prairie series as her family moves to Kansas,
Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri.
011Steamboats -- The beginning to the end
of the era of the Steamboat in the mid-west including famous steamboats that
012The Crash of U-232 -- The crash and
rescue of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City.Seen through out the world as unique and at
the same typical of any city in the Heartland.
013The Great Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Horse
Race of 1893 -- It started out as a hoax played on gullible eastern tin
horns but backfired when people from around the world wanted to know more about
the event. So the people of Chadron set up the race with riders like gunman,
and horse thief Doc Middleton.
014Mount Rushmore -- The creation of the
mountain shrine to democracy.
015Two Gun Hart -- The famous marshal from
Homer, Nebraska who was busting stills on an average of one a night during
prohibition, while his brother Al Capone was setting them up.
016Midwestern Indian Legends -- Three
stories told around the campfires of the plains Indians of South Dakota:old woman who lives with the Wolves, Standing
Bears horse, and Bowman.
017Vaudeville -- The rise and fall of a
popular form of entertainment.
018Labor Day Stories1-- The Farmer and a look at the farming methods of yesterday and
019Labor Day Stories2 -- Five occupations that have disappeared or have changed:The Black Smith, The Prairie Doctor, The
Stage Coach Driver, The Miller, and The Hired hand.
020Earl May -- The story of the man from
Western Nebraska who was a trapper, teacher, lawyer and then in Shenandoah,
Iowa a nurseryman, a pioneer broadcaster (once named the most popular announcer
in the world) and was the creator of the Earl May Garden Stores.
021Oscar Howe -- Famous Indian Artist from
South Dakota who overcame terrible health and a racist, backward educational
system on the reservation to change the way Indian Art is perceived in the
022Camp Clarinda -- Prisoner of War Camp
in Clarinda Iowa.The story of its
creation; the prisoners and guards there; the armies oldest private; and the
mystery surrounding the only death.
023Bess Streeter Aldrich -- Born in Iowa
the daughter of pioneer parents -- she lived and died in Nebraska and became
the beloved author of books on pioneer life including "A Lamp In Her
024Doc Middleton -- The life and times of
one of Nebraska's most notorious outlaws, called the Robin Hood of the Niobrara
-- his illegitimate birth, his escape from prison, the shootout in Sidney, the
shoot out on the Niobrara, the theft of thousands of horses from South Dakota,
his near hanging by a mob, a stint in prison again and the Great Chadron to
Chicago Cowboy Horse Race of 1893.
025Ghost Stories 1 -- Five
"true" ghost stories from the heartland: from Fort Madison -- the
drowning of a pioneer girl who repays kind homesteaders; Arnold’s Park -- the
message from the grave; Hastings -- the rainstorm on highway six and the child
in the headlights;Dakota City -- the
haunted Bates House Hotel; and the Iowa Great Lakes -- the wandering spirit who
leaves his mark on a farmers horses.
026Ghost Stories 2 -- The haunting of the
C. C. White Building on the Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus in Lincoln,
Nebraska, and a secretaries trip back in time to 1912.
Peter Norbeck --A businessman and
statesman who in 1916 was elected Governor of South Dakota.His experiments in socialism shaped and
diversified the state.Many historians
call his election the most important in the history of South Dakota.
Indianapolis, Glen Milbrodt -- Glen (from Akron, Iowa) was a Seaman Second
Class on the USS Indianapolis.His ship
delivered two atom bombs which were used to end the war with Japan.His ship was then sunk by a submarine and he
and his shipmates were in the ocean for five day awaiting rescue.His story is called the Navy's worst tragedy.
029Jolly Time Popcorn -- The American
Popcorn Company was born in Sioux
City, Iowa in 1914 as C. H. Smith and his son Howard husked popcorn in their basement.This is the story of pop corn and the company
that became America's first
popcorn sold on the grocery store shelves.
Many of the Midwest’s traditions for Thanksgiving come from New England.This is the story of harvest festivals the
world over, the first pilgrims and Squanto their Indian friend who saved their
pipe --A unique tradition for many
Native American tribes, especially the plains tribes is the use of the Peace
pipe.It has been wrongly identified
with only the peace process.In fact it
was a way for the users to pray to the Almighty.Some of the most desired pipes came from
stone mined at Pipestone, Minnesota.
--A band leader from the Midwest, Glen
Miller swept to the top of the charts and into the hearts of a generation of
Americans during the pre-war years.He
was born in Clarinda, Iowa.
Blue -- On Christmas Eve, the frozen body of a small boy was found in a
small Nebraska town.He was with out any
identification so the resident of the community paid for his burial under the
name of Matthew.His nick name came to
be little boy blue.The search for his
identity lasted two years.
-- The remnants of a fierce warrior nation huddled at a reservation in South
Dakota.Their spiritual leader, Sitting
Bull had been killed, and many were waiting for the dead warrior Crazy Horse to
return to help them retake their land.Some history books call what followed the battle of Wounded Knee, it was
really the last chapter of the plains Indians free life on the plains.
of '491-- On a winter day
January 2, 1949, the north winds blew in a blizzard that paralyzed the
residents of Gordon, Nebraska for over 30 days.A white minister set out to save the freezing Indians camped at the
towns edge as an area Doctor tries to keep his cattle alive.
of '49 2 --There was so much
material that we produced two weeks of shows on this program.
037The Raid on
Calliope -- Four young men started Sioux County in North West Iowa as a way
to supplement their incomes.The only
settlers in the county at the time might have been a few trappers.That left the men free to raid the county treasury.Twelve years later another raid by the new
Dutch settlers occurred when they decided they had enough of the shenanigans.
-- The life of Academy Award winning actress Donna Reed from Denison, Iowa.
Turn Tractor --Two inventors from
Norfolk, Nebraska built a wonderful new tractor in the early part of the 20
century.They sold the patent to a firm
in Chicago who built a massive factory in Norfolk to manufacture the A.D.
Tractor.Then along came world War I.
Waller --John was born in 1852 a
slave on the Sherwood Plantation in Missouri.Thanks to an astute judge in Cedar Rapids, John became a Judge.He went on to become a major player in Kansas
politics, then an Ambassador to a foreign country, and was at the center of a
storm that almost brought the US and France to war.
Valentine's Day --A look at the
3,000 year history of Valentine's Day practices, and then Valentine's Day in
the Heartland as we travel to Valentine Nebraska, and the history of Lover's
Leap near Crawford.
042Home on the
Range --The history of the song
"Home on the Range", and the life pioneer Doctor Brewster Higley who
wrote it.His "never is heard a
discouraging word" refers to his third wife who was a shrew and nagged him
constantly until he ran away to the prairies of Kansas.
Bear 1 --This is the story of the
Ponca Indians and their trail of tears from their home in Northern Nebraska to
Indian Territory in Oklahoma toward the end of the last century.Standing Bear was one of their chiefs who led
a small band back from Oklahoma to Nebraska and was arrested.
Bear 2 --After Standing Bear's
arrest he sued his captor General George Crook and won his freedom and that of
his band in breakthroughcase that
concluded Indians are humans and are equal under the law.
Deming --While US manufacturers
were making their fortunes world wide with products that were designed to wear
out, the Japanese were quietly learning how to make quality products.Their teacher was a man from Sioux City,
Iowa.It wasn't until he was 81 that the
US began to take the Japanese seriously and called on him for help.
--This was the man who defeated Custer
at the Little Big Horn.His life was
destined for that confrontation as he learned the art of war at the age of 14
and became one of the most famous warriors in the Sioux Nation.
Hanson -- Hanson retired from a busy career running a furniture story, farm
implement dealership and an auto dealership.Then went on to create Winnebago Industries, the market leader in RV’s.
-- Traces the early history of the horse through civilization.
-- Continues the story of the horse.
-- History of the work horse and other specialized breeds.
River Race -- The story of a race up the Missouri River in the years that
immediately followed the Lewis and Clark Expedition.The prize was access to the fur trade
business.The loser might be killed.
052Lost Girls – This story is set near Thedford, Nebraska and recounts the wanderings of two little girls lost in the Sandhills of Nebraska.The story is set in the late 1800’s
053L. Frank Baum -- The writer of the Wizard of Oz books lived for a time in South Dakota, was nearly involved in a gun fight, and generally considered a failure.All he was good at was spinning tales.
054Memorial Day 2 -- The history of the celebration is traced back to the Civil War.
055Clarence Chamberlain -- From Denison, Iowa, this early pilot was considered by most the front runner in the race to fly non-stop across the Atlantic.
056Rail Roads -- The rise and fall of the rail road industry is explored.
057Kate Shelly -- Considered the premiere railroad heroine, Shelly saved a passenger train from a certain crash in the Des Moines River.
058Great Spencer Fire -- This blaze nearly burned down the entire town.It was started by fireworks.Legislation nationwide greatly limited the sale of fireworks as a result of the fire.
059The Coyote -- Several Native American stories about Coyotes are presented.
060Creation Stories -- The stories of the beginning of the world from the myths and legends of several Native American cultures are told.
061The Bertrand -- The riverboat Bertrand ran aground and sank in the Missouri River near Desoto Bend.When discovered, a museum was created to show its wares.The voyage of the Bertrand is presented.
062Lewis and Clark 1 -- The background on the expedition.
063Lewis and Clark 2 -- The two explorers begin and met their first Indians.
064Lewis and Clark 3 -- The part runs into is first real danger on the trip in confrontations with the Brule Sioux.
0654-H, the early years -- The history of the club and its roots are presented.
066Buffalo Bill -- A story of the mans life, and an attempt to look beyond the myths and into what really happened.His real story is more fascinating then the legends.
067Rodeo -- Picks up where the story of the Wild West shows leave off and presents the history of modern Rodeo.
068Chisholm Trail -- The history of cattle, and the trails north from Texas into Kansas, Colorado and Montana.
069Story of Corn -- How corn came to be and the Myths and religions based on it.
070Family Stories-- Stories that I heard and loved as a child.They are about my family and are often humorous.
071The Wallace’s of Iowa 1 -- This story traces the immigration of the Wallace’s from Europe to the US. and follows their history through the Civil War.
072The Wallace’s of Iowa 2 -- Continues with the Wallace’s and follows the son into Politics, the Grandson who starts Pioneer Corn, becomes Secretary of Agriculture and runs for the Vice Presidency.
073The Lawrence Massacre -- Considered the worst wartime disaster on civilians, this raid took place in Lawrence, Kansas, the home of the Free State movement.
074Jesse James 1 -- Jesse and Frank James as children and the influences on their lives by the events leading up to the Civil War.
075Jesse James 2 -- Jesse and Frank go to war.
076Jesse James 3 -- The gang robs their first bank and discover a trade.
077Jesse James 4 -- They hit their first Train, and become national and international news.
078Jesse James 5 -- The James gang tries for a big score in Northfield, Minnesota.The plans go tragically astray.
079Jesse James 6 -- The James gang continues to rob banks and trains but their days are numbered.
080Lewis and Clark 4 --The Corp. of discovery winters in North Dakota with the Mandan and Hadatsa.The temperature plunges to 45 below as they prepare to try gun boat diplomacy to punish the Sioux and Arirkara for raiding their hosts.
081Lewis and Clark 5 --The expedition begins its second year in the spring of 1805.They go up river concerned about an attack by the Assiniboin and meet the most fearsome animal alive, the grizzly bear and suffer their worst accident on the Missouri River to date.
082Lewis and Clark 6 -- The expedition approaches the continental divide.They are still traveling on the river and losing hope they will find the Shoshoni who they expect to trade with for horses.Without horses they will be forced to spend the winter in the mountains where game is scarce.The Corp. Of Discovery is facing disaster.
083Lewis and Clark 7 -- The expedition reaches the great falls of the Missouri and takes a month to portage around it.Clark and Sacajawea nearly perish in a flash flood.
084Lewis and Clark 8 -- Lewis strikes out ahead of the expedition in hopes of finding the Shoshoni to arrange a trade for horses with them.When they find them the tribe fears the explorer is really trying to lure the band into an ambush with their enemies.The fate of the entire project is now in jeopardy.
085Ghosts 3 – More Ghosts stories inspired by writers in the Midwest including some otherworldly visits in South West Minnesota.
086Lewis and Clark 9 – Lewis and Clark finally find Sacajawea tribe and they trade for horses but the challenge now is to find a way down the mountains which prove to be more difficult then expected.
087Lewis and Clark 10 – Lewis and Clark meet the Nez Perez Indians and are given a place to stay and food to eat even though that tribe is out of food.The explorers term them one of the best tribes they met on the journey.They end the week with a dangerous trip down the river.
088Lewis and Clark 11 – Lewis and Clark continue their trek toward the ocean but run into a tribe on the river that could be described as one of the worst they had met.
089Lewis and Clark 12 – The story begins with Lewis and Clark celebrating Christmas in their new home, however they food supply is very low and their feast consisted mostly of old and bad elk meat and a few dried roots.
090Lewis and Clark 13 – Lewis and Clark begin their journey back to St Louis, Missouri.While still on the western slope of the of the mountains, the explorers find a large river that needs to be explored.While part of the party is gone the other group defends themselves from a tribe of Indians intent on stealing everything in the explorers possession.
091Lewis and Clark 14 – Lewis and Clark are still on the western slope of their journey and decide to travel completely by land and trade some of their canoes for horses.A job that proves to be very difficult.
092Lewis and Clark 15 – It was now early June and Lewis and Clark were still on the Western Slope of the mountains.They were faced with a very real possibility that they would not make it back to St. Louis that year.
093Lewis and Clark 16 – Lewis and Clark make it over the mountains and their guides decide to leave and go back to their tribes on the western slope.Apparently they were afraid of running into their enemy on the plains.
094Lewis and Clark 17 -- Lewis and Clark did meet these enemies of their guides and had their worst fight with these Indians of the journey.The two men were apart at the time.
095Lewis and Clark 18 --The explorers still had to travel a great distance to reach St Louis that year and it was already the end of August.
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