Voyageur Video Sampler

Voyageur has been on an extraordinary journey since our establishment in 1998. Enjoy this 3-minute video sampler of the educational media projects we have produced over the past 20 years, as well as a sneak peak of a few exciting projects in production. Thanks to all of the production professionals, artists, scholars, board members and funders who have collaborated to bring these compelling documentaries, books, artworks and companion websites to millions of viewers, teachers and students.

Project News

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is a one-hour documentary that explores the life and legacies of  E. Lucy Braun (1889 – 1971), one of the foremost botanists and ecologists in American history. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lucy Braun was a trailblazer in the emerging science of plant ecology, and a leader in the early conservation movement. An extraordinary woman of science, Braun helped to preserve natural spaces in Ohio and Kentucky, including the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County, Ohio. The documentary project features a companion website and educational materials about Lucy Braun, the science of ecology, and conservation.

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is going national in 2018. The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) will distribute the documentary to over 100 public televisions stations throughout the United States and its territories starting March 23, 2019.  WOSU (Columbus) is serving as the program’s presenting station thanks to the support of Stacia Hentz, Television Program Director, WOSU. The documentary earned critical acclaim and strong viewership from regional broadcasts in Greater Cincinnati (CET), Kentucky (KET) and Greater Columbus (WOSU) in 2018.

Staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System have completed educational materials to enhance classroom use of the documentary for upper elementary, and middle and high school educators and students. See the Education page on this website for more information, including an Education Media Release, and “A Force for Education: E. Lucy Braun’s Legacy Lessons,” a special article about how the educational materials were developed. Or, go directly to the Dr. E. Lucy Braun educational website of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.

Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History

In Production

Creelsboro_title_logo_small copy“Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History” chronicles the history and culture of a rural valley along the Cumberland River in Russell County, Kentucky. The one-hour documentary follows Janie-Rice Brother, Architectural Historian, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, as she gathers archaeological data, historical records and photographs and oral histories about the area from its earliest settlement to the completion of the Wolf Creek Dam in 1951. The program, episode seven in The Kentucky Archaeology and Heritage Series, combines interviews of residents with archival images, landscapes, aerial video, architectural surveys and original artwork for a compelling look at the history of the Creelsboro area, and its intimate connection to the Cumberland River. Go to the Creelsboro project page for more information and video clips, including stunning aerials of this beautiful valley.

Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives

SAA National Award for Excellence in Public Education

The Kentucky Archaeological Survey and the Davis Bottom History Preservation Project earned the 2018 Excellence in Public Education Award of The Society for American Archaeology at it’s national conference in Washington D.C. on May 14.  The Davis Bottom project was recognized for it’s “extraordinary contributions” in documenting the archaeology of an entire working-class neighborhood. Voyageur produced “Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives,” the sixth episode in the  Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series, under the leadership of Dr. David Pollack, Co-Director, and Dr. Gwynn Henderson, Educational Director, The Kentucky Archaeological Survey. The Davis Bottom History Preservation Project featured several integrated components: a one hour documentary distributed by Kentucky Educational Television; a companion website hosted by the Anthropology Department of the University of Kentucky; and state and national curriculum, including resources for “Project Archaeology: Investigating a Kentucky Shotgun House.”  Dr. Gwynn Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and the project’s partners – the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Heritage Council, Nashville District Corps of Engineers, and Voyageur Media Group, Inc.

Sanctuary: At Home with Kathy Y. Wilson

CityBeat: Exhibit “Best of Cincinnati 2018”

The exhibit, “Sanctuary: Kathy Y. Wilson Living in a Colored Museum,” was recently named “Best of Cincinnati 2018” by CityBeat.  Voyageur produced the introductory video for the exhibition, which earned large crowds and critical acclaim during its run last winter at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center. Curated by Emily Buddendeck, the exhibition presented the art collection of acclaimed writer, performer and educator, Kathy Y. Wilson. Voyageur is pleased to support regional institutions with creative production services as part of our Community Video series.

Voyageur News

Voyageur board member Steve Gillen releases new book

Stephen E. Gillen, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans, has helped guide Voyageur and our producers through intellectual property and copyright issues for over fifteen years. Mr. Gillen has just released his latest book, Guide to Rights, Clearances and Permissions in Scholarly, Educational and Trade Publishing, which is a comprehensive guide to help authors and media maker understand copyrights, fair use, permissions and scholarly integrity. Click on the book title for more information on the website of the publisher, Textbook & Academic Authors Association.

FourthWall Youth Studios wins 12 major awards

Voyageur board member, Frank O’Farrell, Director, FourthWall Youth Studios (formerly Stages for Youth), announced that 12 films created by students at his nonprofit organization have won regional or national awards in 2018. Fourthwall Youth Studios, a filmmaking and digital media program for youth in Junior High and High School. We are located at 1324A Main St. in the heart of Cincinnati’s resurgent OTR district and offer summer and after school programming in filmmaking, digital media and technology. Voyageur congratulates Frank and his mentors and students on another superb year.

 Voyageur Projects

In Production

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Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History

The Hathaway Family: A Journey from Slavery to Civil Rights

Recently Released

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun

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