Album Season 1
Lake Superior Lighthouses
Many a ship has been saved because of the diligence of a light keeper. Before the radios and sophisticated navigational equipment of today, a ship's only means of communication with the shore was the flash of a light tower or the wail of a foghorn. Tonight on ALBUM, producer Juli Kellner takes a closer look at the lighthouses which dot Lake Superior's shore from Duluth to Grand Marais.
A Conversation with Dr. Aufderheide
In the late 1960s, Duluth's Dr. Arthur Aufderheide traveled to Canada's Bathurst Bay, where he lived with the people of a dying culture. He documented the traditional ways of the Inuit people, which have now all but disappeared. This experience fueled Dr. Aufderheide's fascination with anthropology and archaeology. He has since conducted research in exotic places all over the globe. Tonight on ALBUM with Juli Kellner, we will meet the man and relive his many adventures.
Loggind Days in Wisconsin
One of Wisconsin's very first big industries was logging. Crews worked in logging camps all winter in northern Wisconsin. The loggers would clear huge stands of White Pine. Then, come summer, the logs would be driven to sawmills.
In The Darkness
Minnesota iron ore helped to build a nation. Investors made fortunes from the richness of the iron ore ranges named Vermillion, Mesabi, and Cuyunna. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner focuses on the men and women who made their living working in the most dangerous of mining operations. Tonight--the story of the underground miner.
On The Road With Greyhound
The Greyhound Bus Company was started in Hibbing by a handful of immigrants. Yet a few years later the company had lines stretching across the United States. Tonight, Juli Kellner introduces the founders of this major corporation, and tells the story of their amazing success.
Gangster Holidays in Wisconsin
Al Capone, John Dillinger, Joe Saltis. These men made gangland history in robbery and racqueteering. But, just like everyone else, these mobsters needed a vacation. They found their happy hideaways in the forests of northern Wisconsin. Tonight on ALBUM, Joe Frazier will explore the gangster’s vacation getaways in Wisconsin.
A Conversation with Dr. Wolff
It may come as a surprise, but Dr. Julius Wolff started his 30-year study of Lake Superior shipwrecks by accident. But, for this noted shipwreck expert, work has become a passion. Tonight on ALBUM, host Juli Kellner discusses 140 years of shipping accidents on the big lake with the acknowledged dean of superior shipwreck historians.
Minnesota Pine, Lumberjacks and Lumber Barons
A century ago, Minnesota forests rang with the sounds of men at work. Lumberjacks cut huge stands of virgin white pine, clearing the way for settlers who would come later. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner will bring you tales from the woods--tales of the lumberjack and the lumber baron in Minnesota.
Commercial Fishing In The Islands
Wisconsin's Apostle Islands have a long history of commercial fishing, dating back to its very first Native American inhabitants. Tonight on ALBUM, Joe Frazier will report on the rise and fall of Apostle Island commercial fishing through the eyes of the people who made their living on the lake.
The Civilian Conservation Corps
It was the time of the Great Depression. Millions of Americans were hungry and hopeless. The unemployment rate was running at a full 70 percent on the Iron Range. Shortly after taking office in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC provided food, shelter, and hope for a generation of young men. Tonight on ALBUM with Juli Kellner, we take a look at the CCC through the eyes of the men who say it changed their lives.
Cook County News-Herald: A Century In Ink
For 100 years, this small town newspaper has recorded the heartbeat of the North Shore community. Tonight, Juli Kellner will look back on the first century of the newspaper based in Grand Marais, and report on present-day responsibilities of its current editor and publisher.
Lighthouses of the Apostle Islands
The twenty-two Apostle Islands mark Wisconsin's most northern reaches. These islands have always presented a challenge for mariners on Lake Superior. For this reason, lighthouses were built on a number of islands--six stand to this day. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner tells the story of the Apostle Island light keepers.
Whalebacks to Warships
The Twin Ports became a center for steel ship construction in the 1800s with the first Whaleback. Until the end of World War II, the head of the lakes was a leader in shipbuilding. Tonight on ALBUM, Joe Frazier traces that industry's history, talking to historians and the men and women who actually built the steel ships of the twin ports.
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Flying with Lightning
At the age of 24, Richard Ira Bong was the top American fighter pilot of all time. Flying the P-38 Lightning, this young man from Poplar, Wisconsin shot down a confirmed 40 enemy aircraft; a record that may never be broken. Producer, Joe Frazier will take a look at how Dick went from building model airplanes on the family farm to winning the Congressional Medal of Honor in the South Pacific.
Consumed by the Flames-Part I
On October 12, 1918, wildfires destroyed Cloquet, Moose Lake, Kettle River and many smaller settlements. The fires created their own winds, which were estimated at between 60 and 90 miles per hour. The flames were whipped along at high speeds, giving people little chance of escaping. Hundreds were killed, thousands injured and tens of thousands left homeless. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner looks at the hows and why of the disaster, and speaks with survivors who witnessed the destruction firsthand.
Consumed By The Flames-Part II
Survivors of the October 12, 1918 fire disaster awakened to a nightmare world. Their homes, communities, farms, businesses, schools and churches had been consumed by the flames. It was a struggle to rebuild their lives. Some towns managed to bounce back from the great fire--others did not. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner talks to survivors about how they got through this period, how they struggled through years of court battles with the railroads, and how they rebuilt their lives.
In 1899, The Reverend Frank Ramseyer came to Duluth. He later established the Northern Bible Society, which provided bibles to people settling in the area. Eventually, The Bible Society sent bibles all over the country. Meanwhile, Rev. Ramseyer was developing a collection of bibles; a collection, which could teach people about the importance of bibles in history, in society, and in the daily lives of individuals. Tonight on ALBUM, Juli Kellner investigates the Ramseyer bible collection.