Release Date: Mon, Oct 14, 2019

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Sauk Prairie Premieres on WPT Oct. 29, 2019  

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Sauk Prairie Premieres on WPT Oct. 29, 2019   

The new public television documentary Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Sauk Prairie premieres on Wisconsin Public Television 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The newest installment in WPT’s ongoing local history project, Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Sauk Prairie tells the story of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, two villages shaped both by the fertile land of South Central Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River that flows through the region.

The history of the two Wisconsin villages has been shaped by the Native communities who first made their home on the land, the harnessing of powerful water resources, local manufacturing built to meet the needs of a nation in peril, a shared love of the land, and the creative spirit of its people.

Film, archival images, and interviews with historians, local citizens and experts illustrate rich stories of the Sauk Prairie region’s past and the resilience and creativity of its residents across generations.

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Wisconsin Hometown Stories is produced as a partnership of the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Sauk Prairie was funded by major support from Greg and Carol Griffin, Darlene Ballweg, the Culver’s Foundation, and Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, with additional support from Bank of Prairie du Sac, Sid and Lisa Cook, John and Alice Grady, Richard and Marilyn McFarlane, Milwaukee Valve Company, Ellen Paul, Sauk County UW Extension, Arts and Culture Committee and Wisconsin Arts Board, Schwarz Insurance, Tim and Pat Size, Jim Slattery, Tools for Marketing, Inc., Wyttenbach Meats, the Focus Fund for Wisconsin History supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.


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