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The Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan
by Bill Jamerson  SHOWN ON PBS!

Turn back the clock to 1933- the middle of the worst depression the country has ever seen. Thousands of young men between the ages of 17 and 23 are finding a purpose in their lives as a part of the CCC in Michigan. They fought forest fires, built park structures, planted trees and did many other useful projects. Students can get the feel of turning out to morning exercise in the snow while under the supervision of a "kindly" army officer! The video includes interviews with over a dozen men who were there- an experience which changed their lives!  ©1993.  58 minutes. (6th grade - Adult)

Camp Forgotten - The Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan - Video
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HERBERT H. DOW Pioneer in Creative Chemistry
by Bill Jamerson, PBS Video Producer

This is the story of the man and the company who created 100's of new products for Americaís industry and consumers. Herbert Dow began with a simple raw material which is essentially salt water- the brine which rests under much of Michigan. It all began in 1897 at Midland. This easy to understand production explores a unique aspect of Michigan industry which led to the development of the nationís 4th largest chemical company.
© May, 1997. 58 minutes.

by Great Lakes Historical Society

A high quality video of the complete history of the Edmund Fitzgerald from its launch to the sinking off Whitefish Point. It includes footage from the submarine investigations of the wreck site done in 1994. A great addition to any Michigan unit.  ©1993 14 minutes.

VHS video price  $20.95
The Edmund Fitzgerald - Video by Great Lakes Historical Society

The Mexican Cherry Pickers of Traverse City

by Bill Jamerson

Up to 30,000 Mexicans labored in the cherry orchards! For many workers the cherry harvest was the highlight of their hard working year. They called cherries "fruita de los suenos," the fruit of dreams. This video has rare film footage from 1926 to 1960 along with interviews with the Mexicans themselves. Will give students a first hand look at the tribulations of these important workers who provided a major contribution to Michigan agriculture. Bill Jamerson is a PBS video producer.
©1995. 27 minutes. 
Fruit of Dreams - The Mexican Cherry Pickers of Traverse City - Video
VHS video price  $39.95

Grand Rapids Made - Video
VHS video price  $39.95

by Bill Jamerson
PBS Video Producer - SHOWN ON PBS!

This video will give older students and adults the complete history of Grand Rapids as the furniture-making capital. It begins in the 1850s with the first simple cabinet makers and follows the development to the present time. Some people may not realize Grand Rapids continues to be a furniture capital, but it is office furniture and institutional seating which are its claim to fame today! Good for high school and adult education classes. Mostly color with some historic footage.
©1998. 80 minutes.

How a Car is Built by Think Media

(Adult Version)

by Think Media

This well-designed video takes kids right to the assembly line. Today it is hard to visit factories and see things made. Watch as giant rolls of steel are transformed into gleaming new Ford Mustangs. This video has won several honors.  ©1995. VHS 30 minutes.


VHS video price  $19.95

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