Pioneer Public Television, Public Television in western Minnesota, recently put out this lovely little piece on Walnut Grove, Minnesota, home of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I’m not familiar with the series it was done for, Postcards from Minnesota and it’s kind of an odd length for a TV story coming it at roughly 20 minutes, but it does give you a nice feel for the town. Personally I think it would work a lot better as a souvenir of the trip rather than a promotion to go. If you haven’t been, it doesn’t give you a lot of travel information, but the wonderful cinematography (I especially loved the camera running through the prairie on the museum grounds) will help remind everyone of what they saw and did when they visited. The other big highlight is that they shot some footage at a pageant rehearsal and show what it looks like behind the stage, not many people get to see either.
The first couple of minutes are an introduction and then in roughly equal parts they talk about the Walnut Grove Museum, the pageant, the dug out site and interview a fan about why she came. Nicole Elzenga represents the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. They used it for a lot of the shots and background. They also talked with the former pageant director Dan Wahl. Stanley Gordon talks about his family and their connection with the dugout site. Fan Joyce Brennan was interviewed about trip. It’s a little odd because clearly Nicole’s interview was recorded pre-40th anniversary event, but they dropped in footage from the event. The whole piece does a nice job of recording what Walnut Grove was like in 2014.
And catch up on the rest of the videos from the 40th anniversary event here:
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