Sunday, June 04, 2000

Ohio gets own video

Bicentennial buildup

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Time to Celebrate, the Ohio Bicentennial Commission's new video, arrived recently at each of the state's 743 public libraries.

        It compresses 10,000 years of Ohio life into 23 minutes.

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        “Right now, you can only get it through libraries,” said Brian Newbacher, spokesman for the commission and a co-producer of the tape. “But it's headed for our Internet site in a week or two.”

        Native Ohioan Hal Holbrook narrates the video, which was sponsored by AT&T and produced by EDR Media/Beachwood Studios. It captures the essence of Ohio — vast fields, rolling hills, big cities — and the history of the first frontier.

        “It also tells about Ohioans who have helped change the world,” Mr. Newbacher said. “The video gives you a deeper appreciation for Ohio history as we set the stage for our state's 200th birthday.”

        In a colorful panorama, viewers learn about Gen. Anthony Wayne's victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers (near Toledo), his signing of the Treaty of Greenville, and the early people of the Ohio country.

        “It talks about how American Indians were thriving here 10,000 years ago,” Mr. Newbacher said. “And about the Great Serpent Mound, a renowned landmark.”

        Area people who speak on the tape include Andrew Cayton, a history professor at Miami University in Oxford; Rick Greiwe, a founder of the Tall Stacks Commission; and John Fleming, director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

        The video previews the celebration that will mark Ohio's bicentennial beginning on March 1, 2003.

        Ohio University recently released the first volume of its Ohio Bicentennial Series. Ohio on the Move: Transportation in the Buckeye State is a history by H. Roger Grant, a history professor at Clemson University.

        The series is published in association with the Bicentennial Commission.

        The Ohio Bicentennial Commission's Internet site is


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