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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story aired on PBS nationally on February 6th at 10 pm

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states, but under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves.

Materials for teaching and learning around the documentary consist of:
  • An Educator’s Guide – The Guide features lesson plans and essays based on the Underground Railroad documentary and theme. The Guide is available at WNED-sponsored outreach events or free online in a PDF format for downloading.
  • Outreach Events - WNED will host a series of events for educators and community in the spring of 2012.
  • DVDs of the Documentary – Copies of the full program with bonus features of extended interviews and footage will be available to educators at various outreach events.

Visit the PBS website at www.pbs.org/wned/underground-railroad

The War of 1812 aired on PBS nationally on October 10th at 9 pm

For two-and-a-half-years, the War of 1812 raged, pitting the Americans against the British; Canadians against Americans; whites against Native Americans. The outcome – essentially a stalemate – would define the map of North America and tip the balance of world power. Nearly two centuries after it was fought, the first comprehensive film history of the war to air on public television will explore this significant event from divergent points of view. In The War of 1812, leading historians, battle re-enactors, and period buildings and artifacts help bring this defining conflict to life. Beyond the battlefields, the two-hour documentary recounts the dramatic, human stories of the war, including those of ordinary citizens and eminent historical characters.

Materials for teaching and learning around the documentary consist of:
  • An Educator’s Guide – The Guide features lesson plans, activities, and a host of educational-based resources around the War of 1812. Twenty lessons focused on elementary, middle, and secondary core standards, outcomes, and expectations are being designed to speak to educators from both the U.S. and Canada. Lessons and formats are tailored to the documentary and will suit any possible avenue given vast or limited time to cover the topic. A full appendix with additional resources, links, and related information is available to accommodate any classroom experience. The Guide is available at WNED-sponsored outreach events or free online in a PDF format for downloading.
  • Outreach Events - WNED hosted a series of events for educators and community stakeholders in Fall 2011 and will continue into 2012.
  • DVDs of the Documentary – Copies of the full program with bonus features of extended interviews and footage will be available to educators at various outreach events.
  • Classroom Poster – educational posters will be available to outreach attendees.

Visit the PBS website at www.pbs.org/1812

THE "WORLD" JOINS WNED’S THINKBRIGHT AND WELL TV

As of September 1, 2011, WNED’s ThinkBright and Well TV has merged with the WORLD content service, provided and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. With its extensive online counterpart (WORLDcompass.org), immediacy, innovation, interaction and inclusion are the beacons for this new public media service.

For complete television schedules, visit thinkbright.org.



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