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WKU-PBS show tells the story of the people displaced by Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home is the poignant story of people moved from their homes and communities to make way for the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.  This moving tale comes to life with the WKU-PBS premiere of the 30-minute documentary on March 11 at 7 p.m. CT.  Community partners, Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU-PBS have come together to create this documentary chronicling the struggles to create a national park during one of the toughest periods in American History – The Great Depression.

 Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.

“This program comes during 2016, an important anniversary year for Mammoth Cave National Park,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  “It folds together layers of history – the families who gave up their land, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the infancy of a national park.  There are moving personal interviews, family photos, historic footage and present day scenes of places in the park that were once home sites.”

Interviews with pre-park residents and their families along with archived interviews with former park rangers tell the tale of loss and restoration that come together in this powerful documentary.  Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home was made possible, in part, through support from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Mammoth Cave National Park Association, the Friends of Mammoth Cave and by supporting members of WKU-PBS.

“Our staff has worked to cultivate a productive collaborative with Mammoth Cave for several years and the resulting programs have been incredibly moving.  Mammoth Cave National Park is an incredible local resource, rich in history and family ties,” added David Brinkley, Director of Public Broadcasting at WKU.

WKU-PBS is the public television service of WKU.  Broadcasting since 1989, the station is staffed by award-winning professional broadcasters, and also provides employment and internship opportunities for WKU students, who receive real-world experience to further their careers post-graduation.

Contact: Cheryl Beckley, 270-745-2400.

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