February 25, 2016
Contact: Vickie Carson
Contact: Cheryl Beckley
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., February 25, 2016 – Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home, a new 30-minute documentary by WKU-PBS, premieres Friday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m., with an encore on Sunday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. Local showings are scheduled in Cave City and Brownsville.
"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."
WKU-PBS producer Cheryl Beckley researched the pre-park communities and the creation of the park, gathering documents and photos from the Kentucky Library Special Collections, Mammoth Cave National Park museum collections, the Filson Historical Society Special Collections, the Kentucky Historical Society, Case Western Reserve University, Clemson University Library, Historic Locust Grove Collection, and family albums.
"WKU-PBS is proud to be able to bring the history of the Mammoth Cave region to television," said Beckley. "These stories are both poignant and important to understanding this part of Kentucky. We greatly appreciate our community partners who made this program possible."
Additional support for Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home came from the Mammoth Cave National Park Association;the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet;and Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park.
Local showings of Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home are scheduled:
- March 15, 6 p.m., Cave City Convention Center, hosted by the Cave City Chamber of Commerce
- March 17, 6 p.m., Edmonson County Library, hosted by the Edmonson County Historical Society