The role of homemaker is one of the most valuable, yet frequently least valued positions in American society. Rich Lives explores the world of 20th century homemakers, in a stage presentation by Rita Kohn based upon an oral history compiled by Eleanor Arnold. Arnold crafted Voices of American Homemakers from interviews with more than 200 women in the mid-20th century. The women interviewed shared their experiences, values and deep feelings about their lives and the changing world they were living. They revealed homemaking as a universal experience distinguished from housekeeping by the caring and love with which it’s done.
This initial staging of Rich Lives was presented at the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village Opry House in 2010.
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.
The landscape of rural Indiana is punctuated by hundreds, maybe thousands, of old wooden barns.
Each of these barns has a story to tell. It begins long agoin an ancient forest, where virgin timber was cut by hand, then shapedintomassive wooden beams. The story continues as those beams are lifted into place, and the barn begins to serve its noble purpose.
How an historic totem pole from Alaska came to Indianapolis, and how it was later recreated for the Eiteljorg Museum.
The Game Changers is the story of a unique initiative to transform American classrooms by focusing on teachers and the universities charged with training them. In 2009, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation brought to Indiana a unique and new initiative that would identify and select high ability people in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), fund their training at select universities willing to significantly alter existing teacher training approaches, and create new teacher preparation programs that focus skills and knowledge needed for the future.
A statewide romp with noted author and TV personality Reid Duffy, who introduces viewers to some of Indiana's most notable morsels.
Indiana physicians and caregivers traveled to Morocco last fall on a mission to aid the most unfortunate in this beautiful, mysterious and poor country; it's children. It's a touching, emotional and inspirational story of how a handful of our neighbors reached across a vast expanse to touch lives one at a time.
Every four years, the world's most talented young violinists come to the Hoosier capital for a competition known in international violin circles as simply, The Indianapolis. The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis promises extraordinary prizes, the loan of a magnificent Stradivari violin, and perhaps most importantly, the launch of the winner's solo career.
The WFYI documentary The Indianapolis follows 40 young violinists on their journey through the demanding 17 day competition, as they compete for the title of Gold Medal Laureate.
The Big Game is gone, but Indianapolis' commitment to remain a "super city" moves into a new phase...taking the promise civic leaders made to the NFL to re-make an underserved neighborhood and using it as a springboard to keep transforming the city. In the first half-hour, host Derwin Smiley explores the problems still facing many of Indianapolis' neighborhoods. In the second half-hour, experts and residents alike convene in the WFYI Studios for a special Indy Talks to discuss lessons learned and dreams awakened by the success of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.
The Making of Dinosphere - In 2004, The Indianapolis Children's Museum opened the Dinosphere, the one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur bones in the country. This Across Indiana special offered a behind-the-scenes look at how this 30 million exhibition came to be.