Our Town

Our Town

Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Format: DVD
ISBN: 978-0-253-03078-8
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With a colorful history, a vibrant downtown, and expanding industrial, service and cultural sectors, Seymour, Indiana, is a town on the move. Its roots are in the railroad and its proximity to major highways continues to make Seymour an important transportation and industrial center.

Our Town: Seymour begins with a look at the town’s past including the machinations of Meedy Shields to make it a railroad intersection poised for growth, the exploits of the infamous Reno gang (perpetrators of the country’s first train robbery) and the influential German migration and heritage. The program then offers a look at Seymour Manufacturing, a niche business that has been in town longer than the telephone, visits the town’s famed Oktoberfest, and, later, the annual Seymour Car Show.

Additional segments look at manufacturer Aisin U.S.A., the influence of the local Wal-Mart Distribution Center, the Schneck Medical Center and the history of Freeman Field, an important Army Air Corp multiple-engine training center during World War II. Finally, no trip to Seymour would be complete without a visit to the renowned Larrison’s Diner, This Old Guitar music store, and the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, created by the town’s favorite son—John Mellencamp—and his family.

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WTIU Public Television is licensed through Indiana University and is a member station of PBS.

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