Five DVDs Celebrate Frontier Stories
These five DVDs, produced by Jocelyn Riley, highlight the heritage of those who moved from the Old World or the American East to the great Midwestern prairies and set out to establish a new home in a new and sometimes alien land.
All of the DVDs are closed captioned (cc). The DVDs are available from the
Her Own Words ® catalog, PO Box 5264, Madison WI 53705-0264; phone 608-271-7083; fax 608-271-0209; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
America Fever: A Norwegian Emigration Story
DVD (cc) 15 minutes; $19.95; order #13003; ISBN 978-1-60118--023-0. Resource guide 114 pages, $19.95; order #13002; ISBN 978-1-60118-052-0.
The narrator's most prized keepsake takes up no room at all: the songs she sings with her mother and sister as she prepares to leave them, probably forever. "America Fever is one of the most moving treatments of immigration I have ever seen; overpowering" --Practical Historian.
Her Own Words: Pioneer Women's Diaries
DVD (cc) 15 minutes; $19.95; order #1003; ISBN 978-1-60118-024-7.
Resource guide 114 pages, $19.95; order #1002; ISBN 978-1-60118-068-1. Spontaneous observations of upper Midwestern pioneer women are brought to life through vivid first-person narration, lively authentic music, and colorful photography. "An artful blending of excerpts from the diaries of five pioneer women, which not only provide insight into some of the adjustments that pioneer women had to make, but also into the poetic spirit these women possessed despite the often crude living conditions." --Library Journal. "Collections will gain much from the sketches, insights, joys and sorrows of these remarkable women." --School Library Journal.
Prairie Cabin: A Norwegian Pioneer Woman's Story
DVD (cc) 15 minutes; $19.95; order #8003; ISBN 978-1-60118-025-4.
Resource guide 114 pages, $19.95; order #8002; ISBN 978-1-60118-053-7.
An immigrant pioneer woman learns to love the prairie--her new home. "Highly recommended." --Landers Film & Video Reviews. "Wonderfully sensitive; gives viewers a deeper understanding and appreciation for what it takes to embrace a new land" --Video Rating Guide.
Prairie Child: 1848
DVD (cc)15 minutes; $19.95; order #24003; ISBN 978-1-60118-026-1.
Resource guide 114 pages; $19.95; order #24002; ISBN 978-1-60118-066-7.
The story of a fictional family living in Wisconsin in 1848, the year Wisconsin became a state. The 14-minute video is filled with lively songs popular in the 1840s. Ten-year-old Sarah is the focus of the video, which is told with her mother's narrative and Sarah's songs. There's lots of work to be done, but there's time to play with handmade wooden dolls and other simple toys like Jacob's ladder, cup-and-ball, jumpropes, tops, and marbles. Based on a wide variety of literary and historic sources.
Writing on the Lakes: 1848
DVD (cc) 28 minutes; $19.95; order #26003; ISBN 978-1-60118-027-8.
Resource guide 114 pages, $19.95; order #26002; ISBN 978-1-60118-067-4.
Not all women who traveled to the upper Midwest in the mid-19th century were enthralled by what they found there. Eliza Burton, the fictional narrator, is a travel writer who journeys from her home in Seneca Falls, New York, over the Erie Canal (with a side trip to Niagara Falls) and across the Great Lakes to Wisconsin, where her sister's family lives. Burton finds Wisconsin lacking in many of the amenities she associates with civilization. The video is filled with lively songs popular in the 1840s (including songs of the Erie Canal), as well as images of the Great Lakes, typical traveling gear for an 1840s traveler, a recreated 1840s album friendship quilt, and a stunning replica 1840s sampler quilt. Based on a wide variety of first-person accounts, including those of Harriet Martineau, Margaret Fuller, Lucy Bird, Eliza Steele, and many others.