Voyageur Media Group, Inc, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of public media about science, history, art and culture. Established in 1998, our production team has produced dozens of award-winning documentaries, books, artworks, companion websites and educational materials for millions of viewers, teachers and students.
Wildlife Photographer: The Life of Karl Maslowski is a one-hour documentary about the remarkable career of a man who introduced generations of Americans to the wonders of the natural world through his pioneering work as a wildlife writer, photographer and filmmaker. Karl Maslowski (1913-2006) wrote 2,500 nature articles for The Cincinnati Enquirer over a period of fifty years. He contributed thousands of wildlife photographs to books, calendars and magazines, including National Wildlife, Time and Life. His wildlife film was used by Walt Disney, the National Audubon Society and National Geographic in some of the first nature programs broadcast on American television. And, he helped to establish two vital conservation organizations in Greater Cincinnati – the Cincinnati Nature Center, and Oxbow, Inc. Yet, the inspirational story of Karl Maslowski, who rose from childhood poverty in Cincinnati to become a nationally-acclaimed wildlife photographer, has never been told. The documentary project, a co-production of Voyageur Media Group, Inc., and Steve Maslowski, a son of Karl Maslowski, also features a companion website and educational materials designed for on-line users and the classroom. Ohio Humanities recently awarded this project a $20,000 media grant for its completion phase. Visit our project website for more information.
Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati is now available on our Vimeo Pro website for free streaming. To access, click Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati. This one-hour documentary reveals the architecture and art preserved in the area’s churches, temples and mosques. This Emmy-award-winning program combines expert commentary with High Definition video and a beautiful soundtrack for an introductory look at changes in sacred architecture from the prehistoric period through the 1800s to the present day. A co-production with with Meg Hanrahan Media. Original release: March of 2008.
Geophysical Survey Video
Voyageur produced a five-minute video about geophysical survey technologies for a new exhibit in the museum at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near St. Louis. The video was produced under the direction of Dr. Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. Beth Fowler used all of her toys (camera, drone, OSMO) while videotaping Dr. Burks using three survey technologies at the Snake Den site in Pickaway County, Ohio.
Voyageur and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey have posted Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History to our Vimeo Pro website so viewers, teachers and students may screen and download this documentary free for personal use, research and education. To access Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History for free viewing and download, please go to Voyageur’s Vimeo Pro website: https://vimeo.com/365094588. Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History is the seventh episode in The Kentucky Archaeology and Heritage Series. The documentary combines interviews of residents with archival images, landscapes, aerial video, architectural surveys and original artwork for a compelling look at the history and cultural heritage of this beautiful farming community along the Cumberland River in south-central Kentucky. Go to the Creelsboro project companion website for more information and educational resources.
Marietta Earthworks video series
Voyageur produced a series of five videos about the Marietta Earthworks for the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, Ohio. The videos are part the Marietta Earthworks and Exhibits Project, which is designed to compile, study and present the culture, archaeology, and history of the ancient American Indian earthworks in Marietta and the surrounding counties. The Marietta Earthwork videos include an overall Introduction, and Site Profiles of the four ancient cultural sites preserved in Marietta – Conus Mound, Capitolium Mound, Quadranaou Mound and Sacra Via. The videos feature interviews with archaeologists Wesley Clarke, Bradley Lepper and Jarrod Burks, as well as archival surveys, modern geophysical research and 3D graphics supplied by CERHAS, The Ancient Ohio Trail. Beth Fowler, Director of Photography, Voyageur, used a drone, OSMO and our Sony HD camera to capture the earthworks from every angle. The videos are to be used in the museum’s exhibits, educational programs and community outreach projects.
Voyageur launches Vimeo On Demand service
A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun now available online
Voyageur recently launched its Vimeo On Demand streaming service to help viewers, teachers and students access its documentary programs. A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is now available for rent or purchase on Voyageur’s Vimeo On Demand website. Tom Law, President, Voyageur, says, “Streaming video has pretty much replaced home DVDs as an accessible medium for many of our home and classroom viewers. Vimeo On Demand offers a low-cost option to rent or buy and download a program,” says Law, adding, “We are especially pleased viewers may download our programs in High Definition video for repeat viewing, and more effective classroom use.” Meg Hanrahan, Writer, Director, Producer, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun, says, “Viewers and educators across America continue to demonstrate a strong interest in Lucy Braun’s remarkable story. Vimeo on Demand provides worldwide access, and the vital buy/download option. This means viewers can watch the program whenever they want, and educators can easily cue specific segments to accompany their lesson plans.” Visit the Project page for A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun for lesson plans developed by staff of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System/Cincinnati Museum Center and the producers. Voyageur plans to add additional documentaries to the Vimeo On Demand site in the coming months.
A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This 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 is being distributed to over 100 public televisions stations by The National Educational Telecommunications Association. The documentary project features a companion website and educational materials developed with staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Learn more on the web page for A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun.
Davis Bottom, Rare History Valuable Lives earned the 2018 Excellence in Public Education Award at the national conference of The Society for American Archaeology. 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,
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.