Preview New Ken Burns Film at PBS39 Next Week
UPDATE: This September 23 event at PBS 39 has been cancelled
Having read a good article last weekend on Ken Burns new documentary on the National Park System (“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”), I was interested to hear from our friends over at PBS39 (WLVT) that they are hosting a live preview of this documentary next Wednesday night, September 23, at their studios near Lehigh University’s Mountaintop campus. The event begins at 7:30pm, and tickets can be had for just $10 apiece (though you can contribute to PBS39 beyond the cost of the tickets).
Here’s a brief excerpt from the article mentioned above:
The film covers a wide scope, from the inspirational writings of the naturalist John Muir in the 1800s up through 1980. It tells the multiple stories, [Burns’ partner on the project, Dayton Duncan] said, of “an individual, a small group of people, an organization who fell in love with a place so deeply that they dedicated themselves to finally convince the government over a long struggle that it should be set aside for everyone.”
The Grand Canyon, Mr. Burns said, is “the most obvious thing to be a national park,” and yet it took decades to make it so, given the special interests that wanted it for other uses. “In each place,” he added, “there’s great conflict and drama and unbelievable characters and great scenery.”
The PBS website has trailer of the documentary. Whether or not you choose to attend the local preview next week, you can catch the documentary on PBS39 beginning Sunday, September 27.