Our foundations as a country are in our rural heritage. The buildings left from earlier days were often built in a humble "get it up and make it work" style. Too often we overlook the impact they can have on our understanding of modern life today – both urban and rural. It is from the natural landscapes and the man-made landscapes of the past that we learn of our ancestors, the skills they possessed and the guidance they have provided us.
Search and Rescue Preserving Indiana's Rural Heritage explores the preservation of artifacts from the environment of prehistoric times, actual techniques in practice in the adaptive reuse of rural buildings today, and the strengths of community in rural life. From the restoration of log barns, to transportation by canal, to antique agricultural practices at the Indiana State Fair's Pioneer Village, we meet the folks that find satisfaction and inspiration in exploring and preserving our rural heritage.
This local documentary, hosted by former Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon, is a celebration of the ingenuity, craftsmanship, joy and just plain hard work that has made our nation great.