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    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Date: June 28, 2004
Contact: Mike Caldwell, 315-336-3113

Fort Stanwix National Monument will be producing five new audiovisual presentations for visitors. Out of the five total - four of the productions will be shown in the new Marinus Willett Center currently being constructed on the park's southwest lawn. In three of the films actors portray representatives of people who lived and served in the Mohawk Valley during the American Revolutionary War, while the fourth is an interactive map to aid visitors in understanding the significance of the regional landscape.

The last film being produced is based on Lieutenant Colonel Marinus Willett's account of daily life at the fort in 1778. Using Willett's journal, the film will explore the day-to-day lives of men, women and children, and the sacrifices they made. This new film is replacing the 1976 orientation film currently shown in the theater located inside the fort. "This is a great opportunity for the future of Fort Stanwix National Monument and our visitors. These films will aid people in understanding and appreciating the significance of the events that happened at Fort Stanwix," said Mike Caldwell, Superintendent of Fort Stanwix.

Working with Fort Stanwix in this project are the National Park Service's Harpers Ferry Center, Oneida Indian Nation, both Oriskany Battlefield and Herkimer Home State Historic Sites, Remsen Fish and Game Club, and Northern Lights Production of Massachusetts. Filming for the productions will begin in early September.

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